Food & Accommodations on Pelee Island
Food & Accommodations
With Pelee Island being primarily known as a tourist destination you might think that the island would be bursting at the seams with restaurants and hotels, but you would be incorrect. Pelee Island is home to one motel, two campgrounds (one with a small multi-room, motel-like guest house), a few bed and breakfasts, and a ton of private cottages many of which are available to rent.
In regards to restaurants, the island has three true restaurants and a few other places to pick up a quick bite to eat if you’re looking for something quick.
Where To Eat On Pelee Island
The Westview Tavern
The Westview Tavern is Pelee Island's longest running restaurant. It is located directly across the street from the ferry dock and is a popular choice for locals and tourists alike. They have a fairly traditional bar menu with items like burgers, chicken wings, deep fried appetisers, fish baskets, and more. They also have a fully stocked bar with multiple beers on tap, canned, or bottled, many of which come from local craft breweries. They offer live bands and other entertainment periodically throughout the season, primarily on long weekends or weekends when other events are taking place. The restaurant is open daily from 11am until the bar is empty or last call comes around. They do often have daily specials throughout the season.
Pelee Island Cone Heads
Pelee Island Cone Heads is a small ice cream stand serving hard scoop ice cream. The tiny building is located just a quick one to two minute walk north of the ferry dock (turn left out of the parking lot) and offers a wide variety of ice cream, hot dogs, coffee, and grab 'n' go food, and more.
The Dog & Goat Restaurant
The Dog & Goat Restaurant is a newer addition to the island. It is located at the northeast corner of the island on the corner of North Shore Road, West Shore Road, and Sheridan Point Road. The menu is a pretty standard bar style menu consisting of burgers, wraps, appetisers and sides, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. They do sometimes offer daily specials and have been known to open for brunch some Sundays. The Dog & Goat Restaurant also offers occasional live entertainment, typically on long weekends or when other large events are happening on the island.
The Food Shack
The Food Shack is located on the north end of the island. The Food Shack has a simple menu consisting of two different tacos, nachos, and a small bag of Doritos with taco topping mixed in. They also have slushies, iced coffee, and more. In the late afternoon/evenings they switch their menu over from tacos to pizza.
The Filling Station
The Filling Station is a small soft ice cream stand located at the north end of the island just steps west of Scudder Marina and the Co-op. The Filling Station offers chocolate, vanilla, and swirl soft ice cream, sundaes, floats, banana splits, slushies, hot dogs, and sausages. They also have a small selection of ice cream toppings such as fudge, hardened dipped chocolate, Oreos, Reese’s Pieces, and more. They also have some tiny little cute ice cream cones for your dogs.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 403
The Legion on Pelee Island is not open to the extent that most other legions are open, it is primarily used for events and meetings. The Legion does however often rent their kitchen and dining area out to local cooks and chefs who may offer public dining for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner. There is no known schedule of if or what could happen for the upcoming season at this time but if you ask around, or follow the legion Facebook page you should hopefully hear about anything that goes on for the public!Facebook
The Pelee Island Winery PAvilion Deli Hut
The Deli Hut at The Pelee Island Winery Pavilion is a small walk up window deli located at the back of the winery’s outdoor seating area. The deli hut carries a selection of cheeses, baguettes, and charcuterie. The winery is also well known for their delicious stone baked pizzas. There is typically entertainment in the afternoons on weekends as well. It is important to note that The Pelee Island Winery Pavilion is primarily outdoors, though there are some covered areas most of the seating does not have any coverage beyond the umbrella’s located at each table.Learn More
Stone house 1891
Stone House 1891 is located just a short walk south of the ferry dock. The restaurant is located in an old stone building, hence the name Stone House 1891. There is interior seating, a bar area, and a massive patio out front providing a clear view off the west side of the island. Stone House 1891 features a slightly more upscale menu than other restaurants on the island including pastas, sea food, steak, sandwiches and burgers, a small kids menu, desserts, and stone baked pizzas.
Scudder Beach Breakfast Bar
Scudder Beach Breakfast Bar is a grab 'n' go breakfast and lunch restaurant located at the north end of Pelee Island. At the time of writing this their hours are Wednesday - Sunday 8am - 2pm. At Scudder Beach Breakfast Bar you can find things like waffles, eggs, breakfast sandwiches, coffee, and more.
Where To Stay on Pelee Island
The Wandering Dog Inn
The Wandering Dog Inn is a self proclaimed “simple inn, on a quiet island”. The inn features 10 rooms with varying amenities. 5 rooms are located on the second floor of the 125 year old farmhouse, and another 5 rooms are located near the back of the property, all with their own private entrances. Inside the house there is a common area with games, books, and a community fridge. Your stay at The Wandering Dog Inn also includes cottage style buffet breakfast from 8am - 10am daily. The inn does not have any TV’s nor do they have wifi or any sort of internet, which to be quite honest is not a big deal because that kind of stuff typically doesn’t work very well on Pelee Island anyway. As the owners of The Wandering Dog Inn say, “If it’s less you’re after; we have more of it”.Learn More & Make A Reservation
Kiki's Westview Motel
Kiki’s Westview Motel is the only motel on Pelee Island. It is located on the west side of the island almost directly across the street from the ferry dock. The motel features 7 recently updated rooms and 2 on-site cottages. There are a few on-site charcoal grills, picnic tables, and outdoor seating for each room. To make a reservation please call 226-758-7449.
The Main Station RV Park, Campground, and Guesthouse
The Main Station is the only privately owned campground on the island. It is located at the northwest corner of the island along with The Dog & Goat Restaurant. The campground features both serviced (30 amp only) and unserviced sites for RVs, trailers, and tents. They offer transient sites as well as a small amount of spaces for seasonal campers. They also have a motel-like guest house with 7 rooms that are available to rent.
The Main Station also offers on-site pumpouts.Facebook
East Park Campground
The East Park Campground is a municipally run campground located on the east side of Pelee Island. The campground consists of only unserviced sites and has an on-site retail store, public washrooms, and show facilities for campers. There are also gazebos, a basketball court, and a large field area that can be used to play baseball, soccer, frisbee, etc. There is a public beach access located directly across the street from the entrance to the campground.Learn More
Scudder Marina is a municipally operated marina, and is the only marina on Pelee Island. The Marina is located in the north bay of the island and has around 100 slips. The marina can accommodate boats up to 65 feet (only two boats this size will fit in the marina at once and must be docked at the end of the piers on the “T”). There are non-serviced slips along the eastern breakwall of the marina, and serviced slips (mostly 30 amp with a small handful of 50 amp) on the middle and west piers. Most of the fingers on the middle and west piers are 30 - 35 feet in length. The marina is typically quite deep (7-9+ feet at most docks) and rarely has issues accommodating boats with deep drafts.
Scudder Marina monitors VHF channel 68. The marina is an official Canadian point of entry and travellers coming from out of the country must bring their passports. While there are customs agents located on the island, those arriving at Scudder Marina from out of the country must call in their arrival to Canadian Customs at 1-888-226-7277. The captain of the vessel must be the one to call, and everyone must stay on board the boat until clearance has been given by a customs officer stating everyone may depart the boat. The only exception to this is for the boat captain to leave the boat to use the office phone or payphone to call in their arrival.
Reservations are not required at Scudder Marina but are highly encouraged, especially on Canadian and American long weekends and holidays as it is not uncommon for the entire marina to fill up.Learn More
B&B's & Cottages
While Pelee Island does not have a whole lot of options when it comes to motels or camping, there are quite a few bed and breakfasts, and cottages available to rent. You can find a small list of accommodations on the Township of Pelee website, but your best bet is to search Air BNB for accommodations on Pelee Island. There is also a handy Facebook group called Pelee Island Where To Stay that may be useful when searching for accommodations.
The Pelee Club
The Pelee Club is a member only club located at the northwestern corner of the island. The club allows up to 25 member families per year. The 24 bedroom house features a game room, dining room, and living room and is situated on a 15 acre waterfront property and includes the property’s original boathouse.LEarn More