With more than 10,000 acres, Pelee Island is the biggest island in Lake Erie but also one of the least explored. 

For Americans, Pelee Island is harder to get to since the Owen Sound Transportation Co. (ontarioferries.com) offers just one trip a day. But those who persist are rewarded with quiet roads, splendid views and new experiences.

Eat & Drink
Sip pinot grigio or merlot in the outdoor wine garden at Pelee Island Winery Pavilion (peleeisland.com) before heading to Stone House 1891 (stonehouse1891.com) for classics like Lake Erie perch and burgers, but you’ll also find more interesting entrees like mussels and poutine.

While you won’t find chain hotels on this laid-back island, there are plenty of campsites, inns and cottages for rent. Find them on the island’s official website — pelee.org.

Pelee Island is a paradise for hikers, birders and anglers, but cyclists might have the most fun thanks to the nearly 20-mile trail that goes all the way around the island, hugging the shoreline.