Busy as a Bee!

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We have been busy!!! Large groups have been keeping us busy the last week, and it has been such a fun and fast-paced week. Our first group this week was a group from Great Canadian Tours who traveled from all over Ontario, to come together on Pelee Island. It was definitely an experience watching a coach bus maneuver its way through the narrow streets of Pelee, props to the driver!! (He did a fantastic job). The group was composed of 46 senior citizens, many of which had never traveled to the island before. They enjoyed a beautiful lunch at the Pelee Island Winery, and then we boarded their bus with them and took them on their tour!

Our next group was a group of grade six students from Gore Hill Elementary School. Our tour with them was a biking tour of the island. They too, enjoyed a fabulous lunch at the winery, and then got back on their bikes. They got to explore the downtown area, the west pump house, the cemetery, the Vin Villa ruins, and Sunset Beach (where they had a rock skipping contest). They then got to finish off their adventure with some ice cream from Cone Heads. An adorable kid from the class even gave us a 30-cent tip!!! (We didn’t want to spend it all in once place, so we’ve saved it for a special occasion). They were a really fun group, and we were privileged to spend the day with them!!

The next day we were mainland-bound and off to Point Pelee National Park in Leamington, to meet a group of grade nines from Kennedy Collegiate. This was my first time at Point Pelee National Park, and it was a great experience. The park is so much larger than I imagined, and I love how it is designed to showcase the various types of habitats and ecosystems. I found that the park posed many similarities to Pelee Island, and this made it easier for me to interact and engage with the students in this new environment. The students were given activity sheets and got to walk to the tip, have lunch on a beach, and roam the boardwalk. They also got to end their day with ice cream. They were an enthusiastic bunch who were eager to learn, and it was a pleasure to guide them!

Overall this has been an incredibly busy couple of days, and now its time for the weekend! The pace may not slow down, but the summer keeps getting better! Although school groups will be coming to an end with the end of the school year, our large tour groups will continue to make their way to Pelee Island to spend some quality time with myself and the rest of the Explore Pelee staff.

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Ciao for now,

Erin Carpenter

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