Discover Our Wild Side
Nature Tourism in Southeast Michigan and Southwest Ontario
Historically known for its automotive and manufacturing facilities and industrial past, the Southeast Michigan and Southwest Ontario region has resurfaced as a premiere destination for water, wildlife, and recreational activities. Communities and businesses across this bi-national region are helping to recapture the natural elegance of an area once threatened by pollution and degradation, improving quality of life and making the Detroit-Windsor metropolitan area a great place to live, work, and play. And our “wild side” is out front and center.
Here's a small sampling of the many nature tourism activities found in Southeast Michigan:
Great Outdoor Recreation Opportunities, All Close to Home
Many events and opportunities to enjoy nature and wildlife are right outside your door. From birding to hunting, from paddling to horseback riding, discover:
Pointe Mouillee State Game Area
, where the annual Pointe Mouillee Waterfowl Festival attracts over 10,000 people each year to pursue their passion of hunting and wildlife art.
All these opportunities and many more are just a short-drive, or maybe even a short canoe or kayak trip, away. Visit our nature tourism event calendar to see what great
seasonal opportunities are on the horizon. Get out and discover our wild side!
Trails, Trails, and More Trails
Find your way to and through many of the region’s pristine natural areas on an ever-expanding network of paddling, biking, and birding trails:
Beginner and expert birders can plan their next outing with Byways to Flyways
, a guide to premier birding locations across the Detroit-Windsor metropolitan region. Don’t forget your binoculars or passport!
An Amazing Diversity of Wildlife
The Southeast Michigan and Southwest Ontario region is one of the most biologically diverse areas in North America. Our waterways and shoreline are teeming with hundreds of species of fish, plants, and fowl. In fact, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources both recognize the Detroit River watershed as having one of the highest diversities of fish and wildlife in the entire Great Lakes region.
To briefly touch on the diversity of wildlife found here is a challenge, as:
Take a Look Around
Visit one of the region’s many parks. Go bird watching, biking, paddling, fishing, or hunting without driving hours for the privilege of enjoying nature. Tell your friends. Tell everyone. It’s right here, waiting for you to discover.
And don’t forget to visit the Essex Region Conservation Authority’s website to discover the many outdoor recreation opportunities available at the many great parks in Southwest Ontario.
© 2012 Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC)