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Belle River/Lakeshore Home of the Big Musky

The Town of Lakeshore encompasses a number of small communities along the south shore of Lake St. Clair. The centre of the municipality is located at Belle River, which is situated on County Rd. 22 east of Windsor. The downtown core along Notre Dame St. is attractively landscaped with flowerbeds that enhance the tidy and colourful appearance of the community. A beach, playground, children’s splash pad, picnic shelters and washrooms are located at Lakeview Park off First St. at the Belle River waterfront for everyone to enjoy. New developments include a naturalization area for fish habitat with an island, boardwalk and 2 km. of trails. Other parks have skate ramps, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, soccer and cricket pitches. Golf courses are located at Deerbrook and North Woodslee.

Anglers delight in the abundance of muskie, pike, perch and walleye in the area. This place is known as the "Muskie Capital of Canada" since record numbers of muskellunge have been caught off its shores. Fishing continues to be popular because Lake St. Clair provides productive habitat that enables these fish to grow to monstrous proportions. Boaters will find marinas waiting to serve their requirements at Belle River and neighbouring ports. Facilities include fuel, showers and food concessions.

Nature lovers can explore trails, boardwalks, a lookout tower and see waterfowl at the last two remaining marshes on St. Clair’s south shore, Tremblay Beach and Ruscom Shores Conservation Areas located along St. Clair Rd. on either side of Stoney Point. Maidstone Conservation Area is located along the Puce River off County Rd. 25 & 46. It features trails through oak-hickory forest. Ruscom Tilbury West Conservation Area, located on South Middle Rd. east of Comber, has picnic shelters, fishing, hiking trails and a memorial forest.

The John Freeman Walls Historic Site is located at 859 East Puce Rd. It is part of the African Canadian Heritage Tour, a former refuge for American slaves. The Freedom Train Museum illustrates the movement of the "Underground Railroad" that led thousands of people to freedom in Canada. The site opens 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily during summer or by appointment.

Maidstone Bicentennial Museum, located at 1093 Puce Rd., showcases rural life and heritage gardens with native plants and trees.

Comber & District Historical Society Museum, located at 10405 Hwy 77 south of Comber, portrays the pioneering history of the area.


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