Near Leamington in Essex County, Ontario — Central Canada
Middle Island / Île Middle
Middle Island is the most southern piece of land in Canada. Only a few metres from the Canada-US border, the tiny 22-hectare island is part of the western Lake Erie archipelago. Migrating birds and insects use the island to rest as they travel across Lake Erie following an island chain from Point Pelee to Ohio. The island is also home to many Carolinian species at risk including the Lake Erie watersnake, the red mulberry tree and the Miami mist flower. Evidence of human presence on the island spans centuries, from the late Woodland Period (ca. 800-1200 A.D.) to the American Prohibition era when it was used as a gambling haven. In 1999, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, with the support of Parks Canada Agency and many other contributors, purchased the island. Now as part of Point Pelee National Park of Canada, Middle Island will remain a refuge for some of Canada's most southern species of plants and animals for all time.
Erected by Carolinian Canada Coalition.
Location. 41° 54.718′ N, 82° 30.589′ W. Marker is near Leamington, Ontario, in Essex County. Marker can be reached from Point Pelee Drive. Touch for map. The marker is in Point Pelee National Park on Tip Trail, which is about 2.2 Km south of the Visitors Center and 250 m south of Winter Parking. Marker is in this post office area: Leamington, Ontario N8H 3V4, Canada.
Categories. • Environment •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 2, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 2, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Far view of the marker; image of Middle Island. • Can you help?