Middle Island - Point Pelee National Park, ON
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member jiggs11
N 41° 54.714 W 082° 30.590
17T E 374785 N 4641096
Quick Description: Sign located on the trail just north of the southern tip of point Pelee recounting the history of nearby Middle Island.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 9/10/2017 7:10:39 PM
Waymark Code: WMWJ96
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 2

Long Description:
Middle Island is located off the southern tip of Point Pelee National Park. There has been evidence of human habitation from the late 7th century until the American Prohibition era of the 20th century.

The marker, placed by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, is part of the Carolinian Canada series of markers placed around the park.

Text reads:

Middle Island

middle Island is the most southern piece of land in Canada. Only a few meters from the U.S.-Canada 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 an island chain from Point Pelee to Ohio. The island is also home to many Carolinian species at risk, including the Lake Erie water snake, the red mulberry and 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 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.
Group that erected the marker: Ontario Trillium Foundation

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: [Web Link]

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
Point Pelee National Park of Canada
Leamington, ON CA
N8H3V4


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