Kingsville Canada's most Southern Town
Kingsville has strong roots in the British Empire loyalist tradition as is evident by its elegant architecture. Lakeside Park has picnic areas in a lovely, treed valley that follows the stream to Lake Erie. Cedar Creek Conservation Area, south of County Rd 20 on County Rd 23, features scenic trails and a canoe route. Cedar Beach has picnic facilities and swimming on County Rd 50. Kingsville is best known as the home of Jack Miner, who initiated the conservation movement by establishing the Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary in 1904. Its feeding pond and museum open daily except Sundays. The sanctuary provides refuge for thousands of ducks and geese, as well as nature’s most impressive spectacles of formation flying. Kingsville celebrates the travels of the birds with its Migration Festival in October. The Chrysler Canada Greenway is a recreational nature trail between Oldcastle and Ruthven. It allows pedestrians and cyclists to tour quiet countryside and wetlands along a wooded corridor free of vehicles. The trail has a community entrance at the spectacular Mettawas Train Station, built in 1889 by Hiram Walker. The Kingsville Historical Park adjoins the RC Legion Br. 188 on Division St. S. Historical and military artifacts are displayed outside and in its Charlie Campbell Memorial Museum.
Pelee Island Winery has an exquisite, cobble-stoned showroom of wine accessories where over 20 vintage varieties can be sampled along with daily tours of the winery at 12, 2 & 4 p.m. The winery is unusual since its grapes are grown on Pelee Island and then ferried to Kingsville for processing.
The Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village is located on a 100-acre site of enormous oak trees on County Rd 23 (Arner Townline). The Heritage Village is home to historic buildings dating back as far as 1820. The Transportation Museum is the largest in Ontario, containing over 60 vehicles ranging from the 1893 Shamrock to Canada’s first Dodge Viper and cars from every decade. The building also holds Canada’s first EMS Museum of ambulances. Visitors may enjoy the 50’s retro-style diner or the beautiful scenery of the shady picnic area.
Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens is a greenhouse complex of exotic plants, animals, home decor and a mini-golf course with pools of colourful Koi fish. Visitors can enjoy weekly buffets and lunch beneath citrus trees. Kids will love the kiddie rides, bumper cars, inflatables and arcade games. Zoo Shows are held on weekends.