Enjoy your paddle in this peaceful and internationally recognized wetland where life abounds above and below the water line!

Where to Paddle

Explore the marsh by canoe or kayak. The RAMSAR wetland of international significance occupies two-thirds of Point Pelee National Park. Venture through the channel to Lake Pond, explore the smaller, lesser known areas of the marsh such as West Cranberry Pond, East Cranberry Pond, or Redhead Pond. Keep your eyes open for basking turtles and frogs and playful carp as you explore this aquatic wonderland.

Freighter Canoe Tour

Suspended until further notice.

Join us and cruise among the cattails with an interpreter in our ten-person canoe. ‘Meet' the marsh's carnivorous plant and take a glimpse at life below the water, as you discover a side of Point Pelee few have experienced.

  • Weekends throughout June, daily from July 1st to Labour Day, and weekends in September until Thanksgiving, weather permitting.
  • Reservations recommended. Look for a member of the Parks Canada team in the park, or call 519-322-2365 ext. 0 to reserve your spot.
  • Visit our fees page for pricing.
  • Life vests and paddles provided.

Canoe Rentals 

Contact the Friends of Point Pelee at 519-322-1654.

Rules and Regulations

  • Share the water.
  • Traffic through the channel flows in each direction, be courteous to oncoming traffic by leaving enough room for fellow paddlers to pass. 
  • Do not crush or collect vegetation in the marsh.
  • Do not climb on cattail pads as it is not solid ground.
  • When accessing East Beach, please be sure to mount the canoe onto the beach to prevent it from floating away.



Wear your lifejacket at all times. Boats are required to have one lifejacket per person, 15 m (40 ft) of buoyant heaving line, spare paddles or oars, an anchor on 15 m (40 ft) of line, a bailer, and a whistle.


Weather conditions

Weather conditions change rapidly. Although it may be calm here, winds are stronger beyond the windsock. Check forecasts which are posted on the weather board.



The marsh is 800 times bigger than a football field. The windsock marks the return channel. Maps are available at the Cattail Café Rental Shop.



If you capsize: remain with your overturned boat and move shoreward. Sound three long blasts to attract attention if you need assistance.