Thinking of visiting Pelee Island between late March and early December? Be sure to mark Stone Road Alvar on your map.
An alvar is a naturally open habitat with either a thin covering of soil or no soil over a base of limestone or dolostone. Nearly two-thirds of North American alvars are located in Ontario.
Stone Road Alvar spans more than 40 hectares and is home to dozens of rare plant and animal species. While there are no formal trails to follow, you may encounter such rarities as the Blue Racer snake, the Tawny Emperor butterfly, and birds such as the Yellow-breasted Chat.
Scattered throughout this conservation area you will find Chinquapin oaks that are often well over 100 years old.
If you want to experience this beautiful nature reserve for yourself, take the Shore Road south to East-West Road on Pelee Island. Travel east for 4 km until you come to a densely wooded area to the south. Turn south onto Stone Road continuing past the old schoolhouse on the right side. There you will find a narrow opening in the thickets, where a path has been established.
Find out more information on Stone Road Alvar from the Essex Region Conservation Authority.
Come visit Pelee Island and experience the natural wonders of the Stone Road Alvar.