On a major migration route - 10,000 monarch butterflies can land on Point Pelee in a single day
Point Pelee, Ontario - Point Pelee is one of Canada's smallest national parks, but it attracts more than 400,000 visitors each year, primarily because its a world-famous location for viewing birds and monarch butterfly migrations. The finger-shaped peninsula of land reaches out into Lake Erie, becoming the southern most point on the Canadian mainland. It's actually on the same latitude as northern California. Point Pelee is known for attracting over 380 species of birds including many songbirds. The real show is when monarchs gather here between August and October, because its the shortest crossing point over Lake Erie during their 3000 km journey to their winter home in the mountains of central Mexico. Arrive on the right day and you may see them by the thousands. Theres even a butterfly hotline you can call to see if its a good time for viewing them : (519) 322-2371, or watch updates on Twitter: @pointpeleenp
Where: Located about 50 km (30 miles) south-east of Windsor, Ontario. Quick Tips: It's just a two-hour ferry trip from nearby Leamington or Kingsville to Pelee Island, which sits in the centre of Lake Erie, and is Canada's most southern point. The island a popular summer destination for bird watching, fishing, cycling, winery tours (May to October) and golf. There are cottages, camping, bed & breakfasts, and it has live theatre.
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Welcome to a new feature on Canada Cool. I'll be presenting different 'Coolest' lists with my favorites and I encourage you to nominate suggestions from your own experiences. You can Twitter @CanadaCool or email Lucy@CanadaCool.com. Let me know what makes your suggestion exceptionally cool. Remember, by contributing your comments you are giving Canada Cool permission to quote you. Only a selection of submissions will be included, but all comments and submissions are greatly appreciated!
The first feature is: Canada's Coolest Single Day Scenic Drives
Here are some of my favorites...
The Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta - This 229 km (142 mi) Rocky Mountain route from Banff/Lake Louise to Jasper passes 100 frozen rivers and nudges the base of the Athabasca Glacier - the most accessible glacier in the world. You can stop and explore it. It spills down from the Columbia Icefield, an area of ice so massive that you could fit the entire population of North America on it with each person getting at least a square metre of space.
The Corridor, Algonquin Park, Ontario – this 56-km stretch of Hwy 60 cuts through the southwest section of Algonquin Park. Less than three hours north of Toronto the park is a nature-lover's paradise with 7,725 km of lakes, rivers, forest, trails, camping, comfortable lodges and 2000 km of canoe routes. Offers hiking trails to stop and enjoy, but what makes it really cool is that it’s one of the best places in North America to spot moose (especially in May and June). And, on Thursday nights in August up to 600 cars will gather to listen to wolves howl.
The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia – Driving this 303 km (187 mile) route is like riding a roller-coaster: the road snakes around hairpin turns, rises to heights over 365 metres (1200 ft), weaves around headlands revealing spectacular coastal scenery, and plunges down to sea level taking you into the heart of small fishing communities. The most dramatic scenery is between the Cape Breton Highlands National Park entrance near Cheticamp and Pleasant Bay, so go slow. And, plan some flexibility into your schedule, so you can drive it on a clear day.
And here are some of your nominations for 'Canada's Coolest Single Day Scenic Drives'...
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