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I haven’t been there, but I’m told that Pelee Island is about a half-hour plus/minus from Leamington by private boat; the ferry takes an hour longer. It has about 300 permanent residents, and a huge summer tourist bump that can be anything from 1,500 to 3,000. It has its own mayor and other officials, and other services necessary to an agricultural community. Because of its southerly location, its mild climate is classified as Carolinian, which makes it excellent for growing. It has a long history of vineyards, as well as soybeans, wheat, and corn. Pelee Island is the largest (42 sq. kms/ 16 sq. miles) of the Erie Islands, an archipelago divided between Canada and the U.S.
Those are the stats, the facts. But for me Pelee is a beautiful phantom land that floats and shimmers in and out of view on the lake horizon, retreating and advancing as the light and seasons change. Some days it’s magnified, almost touchable, some days completely invisible in the mist, like ancient Avalon itself.
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