PELEE ISLAND, ON, April 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Still trying to shake off the winter blues? Give some thought to warm gentle breezes, sandy white beaches and temperate waters that lure thousands of visitors annually to Canada's southernmost community, Pelee Island.
Although it may be a bit early to pull out the bathing suits, March 27 marked the first official sailing by the Pelee Islander for the 2013 season and a return to regularly scheduled ferry service between 'The Island' and Leamington, Ontario.
"Our 'opening day' always depends on the lake ice melt and safe sailing conditions," emphasizes Paul Mancini, General Manager of Pelee Island Transportation Company. "This year, with a number of lake freighters having already passed through the area, we're not anticipating any delays," Mancini said. "We know that's welcome news to island families, farmers and businesses," he added. Mancini also emphasized that service by the larger 400 passenger M.V. Jiimaan begins April 26 following completion of the vessel's mandatory scheduled 5-year out-of-water inspection as required by Transport Canada.
Last year, between April and December, the Jiimaan and Islander combined, made 1,202 lake crossings, traveled approximately 30,050 nautical miles and carried 76,318 passengers and 26,508 vehicles, bikes and motorcycles to Pelee Island, from Leamington and Kingsville, Ontario and Sandusky, Ohio.
Each year, Pelee increases national and international visitors to the island, eager to experience the outstanding natural heritage and wildlife diversity. Birding enthusiasts in particular are discovering Pelee Island's advantage for sighting a variety of species.
For ferry information, reservations and space availability visit www.ontarioferries.com or call 1.800.661.2220
SOURCE: Harris Marketing Communications
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