Interesting articles & useful resources for Windsor, Essex and Pelee.

On a major migration route—10,000 monarch butterflies can land on Point Pelee in a single day,
Point Pelee is one of Canada's smallest national parks, but it attracts more than 400,000 visitors each year, primarily because it’s 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 it’s 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. There’s even a butterfly hotline you can call to see if it’s a good time for viewing them : (519) 322-2371, or watch updates on Twitter: @pointpeleenp

Monarch butterflies flock to Point Pelee, by Bog Boughner, QMI Agency, Canoe Travel, September 17, 2010
This might be the perfect weekend to witness the migration of thousands of monarch butterflies at Point Pelee National Park.

International Metropolis: History & Architecture of Windsor & the Border Region 
Award-winning blog International Metropolis looks at the history of Windsor and the border region, mostly through the buildings past and present of the area.

Leamington's Southpoint Sun (weekly newspaper)
Leamington's Southpoint Sun is Leamington's weekly newspaper for local news, sports, opinion columns and many, many features that reflect the business and residential needs of the Leamington community. Established in February 2010, The Southpoint Sun is delivered free to every household in Leamington and the rural routes of Leamington, including store drops at many locations in Leamington, Kingsville and Wheatley.

Ojibway Nature Centre: Trees of Essex County
Eighty-five different native trees and tall shrubs are found in the Windsor/Essex region. An additional nine species are included which have been introduced since European settlement. Some difficult to identify species such as some hawthorns are not included, nor are ornamental species which seldom escape from cultivation. For more information on trees in Essex County an excellent species and restoration guide, written by Gerry Waldron, was published in 1997. Copies of The Tree Book can be found at any library or school in Essex County.

Pointing the way to Pelee park, by Vinnie Buchanan, Waterloo Regional Record, September 6, 2014
This is the southernmost point on mainland Canada — 42 degrees north. Birds and insects use the point and some of the islands in the middle of Lake Erie as a route to cross the barrier of the Great Lakes. Spring migration occurs in more of a rush, since every creature has a schedule to follow for successful breeding. The fall is a little more gradual and depends on the weather to a greater extent. Of course, because the park is known worldwide as a migration route for birds and Monarch butterflies, it attracts a large number of people, and binoculars, all to observe the migrations. Retirement living on the Windsor Essex peninsula in Canada’s Southernmost Region 
Enjoy a lifestyle on the WindsorEssex Peninsula that is growing in appeal to the 50 plus age group, especially those boomers looking for a more relaxed and affordable lifestyle away from the hectic pace of major metropolitan centres, but conveniently within their reach when the occasion arises. Half of North America is located within an 8 hour drive and 1.5 hour flight of Windsor-Essex County. The WindsorEssex Peninsula is bordered by the Detroit River (the only designated International Heritage River), Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie. Being Canada's southernmost point, located on the same latitude as northern California and southern Italy, the region boasts the warmest climate in all of Ontario with an average daily temperature above 50ºF, 223 days per year for 7 months of short-sleeve weather.

The Naturalized Habitat Network
Are you interested in: Having a beautiful home landscape? Attracting more wildlife to your home? Having a low-maintenance garden? Creating a healthier environment for you and your family? The Naturalized Habitat Network of Essex County & Windsor is a non-profit, community-based initiative dedicated to provide encouragement, education and empowerment toward the establishment of wildlife habitat and other environmentally sustainable practices within home landscape.

The Times: online archive of the local history publication, formerly The Walkerville Times, including info on the Windsor / Walkerville architecture of Albert Kahn

The Promised Land? Windsor's City Hall Square—Terminus of the Underground Railroad, by Michael Gladstone White, The Times

EXCERPT: It's been 150 years since the Congress of the United States passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which immediately transformed Windsor's present City Hall Square, into a major terminus of the Underground Railway.

U.S. passport office opens in Detroit, by Dave Hall, Windsor Star, May 11, 2009
The U.S. government has opened a passport office in downtown Detroit to make it easier for U.S. residents to continue visiting Canada.

Wikipedia: Point Pelee National Park
The Point Pelee Wikipedia page includes extensive information on Point Pelee, including its history, geography, flora and fauna, and climate.

Windsor Public Library: Books by noted historian and author Michael Gladstone White on the history of the Windsor region

Wines of Canada: Pelee Island Wine History
Pelee Island has one of the longest growing season the most frost free days and the most heat units. It was and is a unique microclimate for for growing quality grapes. It is one of canada's oldest grape growing regions. One of the very early wineries of Canada was built on the island in 1866. The Vin Villa Winery opened in 1871 became renowned for it's rare Catawba wines and the many awards it won from as far away as Europe. Leamington Travel Guide
Sunsets, secluded beaches, after dinner sails, rare plants, rich land, diverse bird species and exotic butterflies are all part of life in Leamington, Ontario. Located on the north shore of Lake Erie close to Point Pelee National Park, Leamington is the southernmost community in Canada. It is known as the —Tomato Capital of Canada. As a kickoff to the tomato harvesting season, Leamington hosts the annual Tomato Festival in August. Bird lovers will find the town an ideal spot for viewing migrating birds especially during the spring. It is also a hotspot for catching a glimpse of various types of butterflies, most notably the Monarch variety. Many recreational opportunities are enjoyed in Leamington, such as boating and fishing or walking along the Marina Park/Waterfront Promenade. The ErieQuest Marine Heritage Museum and The Arts Centre are also popular places to visit while in town.