Point Pelee National Park

For your safety, please supervise children closely, never swim alone, and never swim at the Tip.

Take a refreshing swim at Point Pelee, which boasts the longest continuous natural beach in Essex County. Enjoy the smooth sand and build sandcastles on the west and east sides of the peninsula framed by 20km of sandy beach.

Safe Swimming Beaches

  • Northwest Beach and West Beach are two of the most popular beach access areas, which offer washrooms, change rooms and picnic facilities. 
  • See our map for access locations.

Prohibited Swimming Area

  • NEVER swim at the Tip.
  • To avoid tragedies, it is illegal to enter the water beyond the posted red warning signs at the park's most southern tip area. Instead, capture that moment of standing at the most southern point of mainland Canada safely from the sand or forest's edge. 

General Swimming Safety

  • Do not enter the water at any of the park's beaches during strong wave surges as undertows and rip currents can endanger even strong swimmers.
  • Always supervise children.
  • There are no lifeguards on site. Never swim alone.
  • Check the weather prior to entering the water. Immediately go inside if storms occur.

Water Testing and Risks

  • To ensure that the water at public beaches is safe for swimming, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit monitors public beaches on a weekly basis throughout the summer and provides beach count for Northwest Beach at Point Pelee.
  • Call the Beach Hotline at 519-258-2146 ext. 426 or check the beach count online for updates on Lake Erie water quality results.
  • Once the E.coli bacteria count exceeds 100 (E.coli/100 ml) swimming is not recommended.
  • If the E. coli count is higher than 1000, it is NOT SAFE for swimming and the beach is CLOSED. 

In Case of an Emergency

  • For life threatening and dangerous incidents, call 911.
  • For non-life-threatening incidents, call Parks Canada’s warden dispatch 1-877-852-3100.

For more information on natural hazards, weather conditions, and planning a safe activity, please see our Visitor Safety page.

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