A Canadian Flag proudly flies on the ferry as Pelee Island slowly disappears in the background.
Someone has left behind their shoe! Hopefully they had another pair and didn’t get on the ferry with just one shoe!
Once known for it’s wine, the Vin Villa located on Pelee Island is shown here in a scaled down model.
If you look carefully you will see the reminiscent of an wooden dock. At one time it lead up to the lighthouse from yesterday’s photo.
This pretty stone lighthouse, my favourite from the day I was on Pelee Island, was constructed in 1833. It is the oldest stone lighthouse on Lake Erie and the second oldest lighthouse in the Great Lakes on the Canadian side. It was built to guide vessels through the dangerous Pelee Passage, a 20-mile channel that runs between Pelee Island and the Ca
The lighthouse’s first keeper, William McCormick, was also the man who donated the land for the lighthouse to be built on along with the stone used to build the tower.
There is a story that says that a young Robert E. Lee visited Pelee Island in July of 1835 to work on a boundary survey for United States and Canada. When he visited the lighthouse he encountered the keeper. Whether the keeper was unfriendly or Lee provoked him is unclear, but an altercation occurred and Lee killed the keeper. Whether Lee was cleared of any charges or left before he could be charged with a crime is also unclear, but local records indicate that Lee stole a few glass lampshades before leaving.
Over the years the lighthouse had a number of keepers but one of the most noteworthy was James Cummins, who was awarded a gold watch by the Dominion of Canada for gallant services in saving lives of people from two different shipwrecks.
Pelee Island lighthouse sat in disrepair from 1909 until August of 2000 when it was taken off the list of the Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List of endangered lighthouses, after being restored.
*This brief history of the lighthouse was quoted from the following website: http://bit.ly/SJFmR2
This pretty beach leads up to a wonderful, stone lighthouse, one of the oldest on Pelee Island. I collected some shells along here and made them into necklaces.
Yesterday’s photo was of the path that lead through the marsh, now today’s photo is of part of the marsh itself. It was very pretty and somewhat hidden. Every once in a while you could hear a frog or a toad croak. All you could hear is “marshy” sounds. Peaceful.
This path lead through a very pretty marsh on Pelee Island, then ultimately to a stone lighthouse.
A little bit weird, I know, but I thought this made for an interesting photograph with the contrast of the sand against the fish as well as the texture of the rocks.
Pelee Island is known for their many species of birds including this one – the Blue Heron.
Lake Erie seemed to go on forever while standing on certain parts of Pelee Island.
The rocks where this lighthouse was standing proved to be a nice resting spot for some seabirds.
I mistook this guy for a loon at first, but upon further research discovered his true identity – the double crested cormorant. A very interesting looking bird, and fast when swimming under water. He would dive under one place and pop up way far away.
The old bell and tower still stand proud high atop one of the school houses on Pelee Island.
Established in 1890 on Pelee Island, The Christians’ Home Church boasts of several beautiful stained glass windows such as the one seen here. The church is also one that my Great-great Grandfather was a minster at many, many years ago. A very tiny church and very pretty.
These Innukshuks (aka Stonemen) have been built by students along the shoreline on Pelee Island as a testament to the island’s perseverance. Among all of these stonemen (not shown), there is a huge one that I would guess is between 10 and 12 feet tall. Quite a sight!
The coastline on Pelee Island is simply beautiful! Love the rocks and waves crashing up on them as well as the blue sky.
Crashing waves roll onto the rocky shoreline of Pelee Island.
Ready for action, this lifeboat station was just one of many aboard the ferry.
As the Jiimaan makes it way to Pelee Island it casts it’s shadow on the lake.
The water churns behind the ferry as we made our way to Pelee Island.
In the unlikely case that they would be needed, grab one of these in case of emergency.
Giving a unique view of the harbour of Leamington, I snapped this photo looking through the windows aboard the Jiimaan ferry.