Everyone thinks Pelee Islanders are nice. Need a ride to the ferry? Just put your thumb out and someone will gladly give you a lift. Last week I even heard of concerned citizens stopping to check on a young man asleep by the side of the road. Asleep by the side of the road?! Don’t ask. But stopping? Unheard of in the city! But good deeds aside, I think their reputation might have something to do in part, with the constant waving.
When we first visited Pelee we laughed the first couple of times strangers waved at us. Coming from the suburbs where people will run you down for the best parking spot at the mall, we assumed they must have us confused with another family. It took us a while to understand that they didn’t. Everyone simply waves at every passing car, cyclist and pedestrian and once you catch on to this custom, you’re expected to do the same. It’s not like you’ll be issued a ticket for a waving violation or anything like that but you’ll probably be labelled a tourist. Ouch. And everyone thinks Pelee Islanders are nice.