What do the Blue Racer Snake, the Eastern Spiny Soft-shelled Turtle, and the Smallmouth Salamander all have in common? They are among several rare species found within Lighthouse Point Provincial Nature Reserve, established in 1984.
Named for the lighthouse originally built in 1833 that stands at the tip of the spit, Lighthouse Point boasts a number of nature trails ideal for wildlife viewing and photography. The lighthouse itself is the second oldest Canadian lighthouse on Lake Erie and received a beautiful restoration in 2000. It is located to the northeast end of Pelee Island and bounded by water on every side.
Among remnants of deciduous forests, savannas and an expanse of wetland rich in aquatic plants, this reserve provides an ideal and rare opportunity for aquatic bird watching. Have your binoculars handy, because you are likely to see herons, egrets, ducks, gulls, and cormorants.
The trail to the lighthouse begins as a narrow path in the woods. Cross a couple of wooden walkways over water containing aquatic wonders like the Red-eared Slider Turtle. The trail continues to the beach then up to the lighthouse, although there are less traveled paths in the woods that lead to numerous marshes.
Best described as picturesque, the stroll to the lighthouse can also leave you covered in black flies depending on the weather. But don’t let that slow you down! Just remember to sport your bug proof netting so you can get the most out the experience.
Be sure to explore all the beauty of this nature reserve – it is more than just a lighthouse!