The Detroit River Canadian Clean Up in coordination with Parks and Recreation Windsor is holding their annual Peche Island Day on Saturday September 22nd from 10am to 3pm. This FREE event is open to any and all visitors that want to explore the tranquility and beauty this river island has to offer.
Peche Island was known to early French explorers as the Isle Au Large, either because of its placement in the river (“at a distance”) or because of the likelihood of shipwreck (“keep your distance”).
The French word for fishing was used to describe the island by the early French settlers and the aboriginals of the area, since the island was used as a fishing station. It’s also been the summer home location for the Hiram Walker family, a provincial park and the site of a couple of shipwrecks.
With a history as rich as the flora and fauna found on the island, this tour is the perfect opportunity to brush up on your local lore, as well as show support for the rehabilitation and conservation efforts of this naturalized park.
Boat passage to the island begins at 10am and the last trip from Lakeview Park Marina will leave the dock at 1pm. Transportation by boat is free and available on a first come, first served basis, weather permitting. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase.
Organizers for Peche Island Day include Citizens Environment Alliance, BASF the Chemical Company, Province of Ontario, Windsor-Essex County Canoe Club, Essex County Field Naturalists’ Club, the City of Windsor and the Detroit River Canadian Clean Up.