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Essex County

Essex County is the most fertile of Bluewater regions where farm markets, orchards and vineyards produce much of Ontario's soft fruits and wines. The Essex & Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) Wine Route traverses the locations of Ontario's burgeoning wineries. The county is famous for its birding locations including Point Pelee National Park, which contains the province's rarest and most diverse habitats for wildlife viewing. Pelee Island Ferry Service takes passengers and vehicles to visit Canada's most southerly community with its winery tours, beaches, fishing and nature reserves. Marinas provide convenient access to Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair from various communities. Windsor's waterfront parks, entertainment and hospitality industries offer numerous services. Fort Malden National Historic Site, the Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village, Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary, Kingsville Historical Park, Leamington Arts Centre and many other museums exhibit the incredible heritage treasures of the county. The Chrysler Greenway Trail joins communities between Windsor and Ruthven with a motor-free corridor through scenic countryside. Cultural events and attractions abound in Essex County.

Pelee Island Ferry Service - Leamington Terminal
The Pelee Island Transportation Company services the Island from mid-March until Mid-December, offering vehicle and transportation services on its two ferries, the MV Pelee Islander and the MV Jiimaan. With departures at Leamington from mid-March until the end of July, at Kingsville from August until mid-December, and at Sandusky from the end of April until mid-October, ferry service is available from both Canadian and United States ports. Make sure to check your departure location, and don’t forget to make a reservation for your vehicle! A dozen and more factors made Pelee Island and the islands of the Lake Erie archipelago a place which has become home to a myriad of species rare
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Point Pelee National Park
A lush Carolinian forest oasis at the southern tip of Canada, Point Pelee National Park resounds with migrating song birds in the spring, hums with cicadas in the summer, flutters with Monarch butterflies in the fall and is a peaceful place of reflection in the winter. Point Pelee National Park is the most southern part of mainland Canada and has one of Ontario’s finest Carolinian habitats and Great Lakes marshes. The park gives refuge to more rare or endangered plants and animals than anywhere else in Canada. Visitors can stroll through the cattails along the 1.4-km., floating marsh boardwalk, climb the observation tower for one of the best views of the park, or explore the
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Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village
The Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village is located in a 100-acre park of enormous oak trees on County Rd 23 west of Kingsville. Take a step back in time to the original Jack Miner Homestead and other restored buildings. The Transportation Museum is the largest of classic and historic vehicles 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 and a Wood Carving Museum. Visitors may enjoy the 50’s retro-style diner or beautiful scenery of the shady picnic area. The museum opens Tue.-Sun., May to October and Wed.-Sun.
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Amherstburg Freedom Museum
Amherstburg Freedom Museum, located at 277 King St., is part of the African Canadian Heritage Tour. This national historic site features a log cabin and original church built by former slaves. Exhibits focus on accomplishments of black people and the famous Underground Railroad movement that helped them escape to freedom and to establish settlements in Canada. The museum maintains fascinating archives, a gift shop as well as seasonal events that celebrate Black Canadian culture and its ties to the United States.
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Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Holiday Beach Conservation Area offers a long sandy beach on the Lake Erie shoreline, plus many other amenities. It is ideal for a day at the beach, a beautiful picnic, hiking, cycling, fishing and controlled waterfowl hunting in the autumn. Holiday Beach Conservation Area has serviced seasonal campsites, new showers and washrooms, large shady picnic areas, a playground, nature trails, a boardwalk, and a three storey observation tower. It is also one of the sites at which Conservation Education Field Studies are conducted. Holiday Beach and Big Creek Conservation Areas received international recognition in 2000 as a globally significant Important Bird Area (IBA), joining BirdLife
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Pelee Island Heritage Centre & Museum
The Pelee Island Heritage Centre aspires to research, collect and preserve the evidence of the Island’s (and neighbours’) human history, to protect the community’s natural heritage, and to educate the public through exhibits, publications, special presentations and its extended stay education program. The Heritage Centre contains fascinating displays of island artifacts that depict the geography, nature and history of Pelee Island. Exhibits include fossils, wildlife and wonderful photographs of pioneering times. The centre also hosts daily video presentations and a Kite Museum. An ancient native grindstone is displayed in front of the centre. Where can you go in Canada
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Colasanti's Tropical Gardens - Kingsville
Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens is a wonderland destination for the whole family. Open year-round, our 3.5 acres of family fun is proud to grow and sell plants 363 days a year! We carry tropical plants, bonsai, orchids, flowering potted plants, cacti, succulents and more. Looking for unique home décor and garden décor?  Stop in our Home Décor & Collectables Shoppe. We are an authorized Bradford Exchange, Department 56 and Elf on The Shelf Dealer.

 Colasanti's restaurant specializes in “Broasted Chicken”, pizza, apple cider, hot homemade doughnuts and butter fudge.
 We offer weekly buffets and brunch:
 Tuesday and Thursday Soup and Salad
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Municipality of Leamington
Leamington is a small town with big city amenities situated on the north shore of Lake Erie. Leamington enjoys the best of every season: long warm summers, dazzling winters and everything wonderful in between. The award-winning marina has become the jewel of the shoreline with ample docks, patio, pavilion and play area for the whole family. A beach, playground, splash pad, and washrooms are located at Seacliff Park for everyone to enjoy. Leamington has a vibrant arts and culture scene including the Leamington Arts Centre and the newly remodeled Bank Theatre. Point Pelee National Park is a naturalist’s dream with many interesting plants and animals not found elsewhere in
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Gibson Gallery
The Gibson Gallery is housed in the former 1896 Michigan Central Railway Station. The Fort Malden Guild of Arts and Crafts (the Gallery Board), in partnership with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, have used funds earned at Art by the River to restore and maintain this beautiful Romanesque style building. The Guild promotes appreciation of the arts and crafts in Amherstburg. The Gallery season features exhibits by local artists, photographers, stitchers as well as travelling exhibits and annual student exhibits. Holiday Art at the Gallery is the final event of the season. Art and craft classes for adults and children are taught throughout the year and the Gallery is home to needlework,
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Days Inn - Leamington
Days Inn - Leamington is a 78-room award winning hotel located just 5 minutes from the Ferry Docks and the Leamington marina. It features Complimentary Continental breakfast, Hi-Speed WiFi Internet access, Indoor Pool, Hot Tub, Sauna and Fitness Room for all guests. Enjoy leisure time at the on site Bar/Lounge with a pool table and 65-inch LED TV. Special rates for all travels: business, family or tourists. 24-hour front desk, complimentary newspaper available. Free local and national calls. Dry-cleaning services available and in-house guest laundry as well. All major restaurants deliver to the hotel. 24-hour free Business Centre with hi-speed Internet, fax, scan, photo copy and print
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Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary & Kennedy Woods Park
Jack Miner became the founder of the migratory waterfowl refuge system by creating the Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary in 1904. Five years later he pioneered the banding of migrating waterfowl; the recovery data was instrumental in the establishment of the Migratory Bird Treaty of 1916 between the USA and Canada as no government banding programs had been in existence at that time. The Jack Miner Migratory Bird Foundation was established in 1931 in the United States and in 1936 in Canada to continue the good work of Jack Miner. The Foundation is a charitable organization that operates solely on grants and the generosity of private and corporation donations. The Board of Directors and
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Colasanti's Tropical Gardens - Leamington
Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens is a wonderland destination for the whole family. Open year-round, our 3.5 acres of family fun is proud to grow and sell plants 363 days a year! We carry tropical plants, bonsai, orchids, flowering potted plants, cacti, succulents and more. Looking for unique home décor and garden décor?  Stop in our Home Décor & Collectables Shoppe. We are an authorized Bradford Exchange, Department 56 and Elf on The Shelf Dealer.

 Colasanti's restaurant specializes in “Broasted Chicken”, pizza, apple cider, hot homemade doughnuts and butter fudge.
 We offer weekly buffets and brunch:
 Tuesday and Thursday Soup and Salad
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Cedar Beach & Cedar Creek Conservation Areas
Cedar Beach is a popular sandy spot for swimming, sunbathing and picnicking. Located at the mouth of Cedar Creek, it is also a good spot for fishing. The Cedar Creek basin is probably the most significant, most extensive and beautiful natural area in the Essex Region. Contributing to the diversity of this area are Carolinian woodlands, rolling landscapes, creeks, tributaries and abundant wildlife. Cedar Creek is a pristine natural area offering excellent bird watching opportunities. Be inspired by the sight of eagles soaring, herons and egrets wading, and turtles basking on logs. View the provincially rare American Lotus, Swamp Rose Mallow and other superb flora and fauna. A hiking trail
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Leamington Arts Centre
The Leamington Arts Centre is located in the heart of beautiful uptown Leamington in one of the town’s many wonderful heritage buildings. The LAC is a state of the art gallery which offers three exhibition spaces with over 300 linear feet of continuous wall space and 2000 square feet of floor space, as well as the Erie Quest Heritage Ship Wreck Museum, Heinz memorabilia exhibit, gift shop, art classes, workshops and meeting spaces. The LAC is one of the area’s paramount places to view modern art with an emphasis on local and aspiring artists and artisans.
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Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve
Fish Point, on the southwestern tip of Pelee Island, is a 110-hectare Provincial Nature Reserve. It features dunes and the intriguing, crescent shaped sand spit that constantly shifts with water erosion along this most southerly tip of Essex Region that is inhabited. Middle Island, an uninhabited nature reserve located a bit further south, is the absolute most southern land in Canada. Dangerous rip currents can be present at the tip during windy conditions so swimming there is not recommended. Hiking and cycling trails and continuous beaches provide access to the area. Fish Point contains old growth Carolinian forest and a marshy lagoon where birds are most easily spotted during spring and
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Leamington District Chamber of Commerce
The Leamington & District Chamber of Commerce is a community organization dedicated to being a visible and pro-active voice for business, tourism and promotion of the district. This is achieved through strong partnerships, active members, and involvement of volunteers, dynamic leadership and implementation of innovative programs.
 We are keeping busy at the Leamington District Chamber of Commerce and if there is something you would like to see, please drop us a line, call or even stop into our office at 318 Erie Street South - we would love to hear from you!  Keep posted on Facebook, Twitter and our website and be sure to register for any or all of our events. Call our
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Pelee Wings Nature Store
Pelee Wings offers Canada’s largest selection of BINOCULARS & SPOTTING SCOPES and we guarantee the best prices in Canada on the 200+ models in stock from top brands like Swarovski * Zeiss * Leica * Nikon * Kowa * Vortex * Pentax * Bushnell * Vanguard & * Minox. Call for expert advice or come by to field test and compare these sports optics outdoors.  We offer great pricing on Celestron astronomy telescopes and binoculars. Our full service PADDLESPORTS SHOP offers over 150 models of Kayaks including light touring & sea-kayaks, recreational & fishing models from top manufacturers like Wilderness Systems, Perception, Dagger and Impex. We offer Stand-Up-Paddleboards
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Kingsville Historical Park & Charlie Campbell Military Museum
 The Museum building holds collections regarding the United Empire Loyalists and artifacts and information on the People of Essex County and their involvement in the defense of their country in the Fenian Raids, Boer War, World War 1, World War 2, Korea, Cold War, Peacekeeping, Bosnia, Afghanistan and much more. Two new displays featuring police uniforms from three different groups: the OPP, RCMP, and the Kingsville Police Force and a display of municipal flags from Gosfield North, Gosfield South, and Kingsville from pre-amalgamation until present are available. A recent article in the Kingsville Reporter on Jan 13, 2015 described the flags in detail. The mission of the Kingsville
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Pelee Island Ferry Service - Pelee Island Terminal
The Pelee Island Transportation Company services Pelee Island from April 1 until mid-December, offering vehicle and transportation services on its two ferries, the MV Pelee Islander and the MV Jiimaan. With departures at Leamington from mid-March until the end of July, at Kingsville from August until mid-December, and at Sandusky from the end of April until mid-October, ferry service is available from Canadian and United States ports. Make sure to check your departure location, and don’t forget to make a reservation for your vehicle! A dozen and more factors made Pelee Island and the islands of the Lake Erie archipelago a place which has become home to a myriad of species rare to
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Birdie's Perch Bustaurant
Birdie's Perch Bustaurant is one of Leamngton's and Essex County's favourite roadside attractions.Located near Point Pelee National Park, the converted 1965 Bristol Lodekka British Double Decker Bus features fresh Lake Erie perch and hand cut fries. Our Point Philly Cheese Steak sandwich, gourmet hot dogs and vegetarian wraps ensure there is something to please every palette.We serve Kawartha Dairy scooped ice cream as well as soft serve twists.Birdie's Perch offers a variety of seating choices for guests. Relax on our outdoor patio, bus-top diner, or our picnic area nestled amidst Carolinian trees.Old Dogs and young bubble blowers most welcome! Great Food and Great Fun for Everyone.
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Pelee Island Wine Pavilion
The island is home to Pelee Island Winery's vineyards and wine pavilion where several tours are available from May to October. Tours include the pavilion and a wine appreciation seminar. Monday through Friday, it offers a group package featuring a walking tour of the facility, sampling of five unique wines and a barbecue lunch. Visitors can tour the pavilion grounds and learn about the island's unique history; the reason why it's such a great place to grow grapes. Knowledgeable tour guides explain the mechanical design of an antique European Grape Press. They also provide an overview of the fine art of corks; how they are made and why a good cork is so important to great wine. The 'Vine to
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Park House Museum
The Park House is a year round museum catering to the needs of visiting school children, seniors and the general public. It brings the story of Amherstburg and its people to life through programs and exhibits that are created to engage and inspire all who visit. Historically, the Park House is an early example of Pièce sur Pièce log construction and is said to have been built in the 1790s at the mouth of the Rouge River in Detroit. When Detroit was ceded to the United States, the owners decided to dismantle the building and float it down the Detroit River to Amherstburg.The Museum strives to collect artifacts and documents that depict people's past in the terms of settlement,
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Sweet Memories Bakery
Sweet Memories Bakery was started in 1998 with the idea of a small bakery using the old fashioned recipes we have grown up with.We bake a variety of pies, cookies and desserts. We have a variety of diabetic items from pies to muffins, turnovers, squares and cheesecake. Birthday, wedding and special occasion cakes available to order for your upcoming event! Large orders must be placed 3 - 4 days in advance.
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Comfortech Bike Rental and Retail Store
Comfortech Bike Rental & Retail Store supplies biking maps for Pelee Island and will be happy to help you map out your day to suit the time frame you have available to you. Our rental fleet includes Comfortech bikes, beach cruisers, mountain bikes, child carts and child bikes. We also have e-bikes and tandems available for day rentals. Helmets are also included with each rental at no additional charge. Conveniently located just north of the ferry dock on Pelee Island. This is the least expensive way to tour the island! Leave your car behind, step off the ferry and sit on one of our waiting bikes to see Pelee the easy way. Check out our great selection of bike accessories, camping and
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Fort Malden National Historic Site
Visitors to Fort Malden can step back in time and get a glimpse of what military life was like in a British Empire outpost almost 200 years ago. The fort played an important role in both the War of 1812 and the Rebellion of 1837. The site, located along the Detroit River, includes original earthworks, restored barracks, cannons, an orientation centre and an interactive museum. Fortifications at Fort Malden have witnessed and participated in the struggles that helped forge a new nation out of the North American wilderness. The fort has been an army garrison, British Indian Department post, dockyard for the Upper Great Lakes sailing fleet and the meeting place for Chief Tecumseh and British
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Lighthouse Point Provincial Nature Reserve
Lighthouse Point Provincial Nature Reserve occupies about 100 hectares on the island's northeastern spit and has several hiking trails, a long sandy beach that extends down the island's east side and the Pelee Lighthouse. On the west side of the spit, Lake Henry Marsh offers wildlife viewing opportunities and spectacular sunsets. The Blue Racer Snake, the Eastern Spiny Soft-shelled Turtle, and the Smallmouth Salamander are among several rare species found within the reserve. There are remnants of deciduous forests, savannas and an expanse of wetland rich in aquatic plants. The reserve provides an excellent opportunity for watching aquatic birds. The nature reserve has no buildings but the
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Seacliff Park & Tomato Splash Pad
Seacliff Park is the premier park in the Municipality of Leamington and home to the famous Tomato Splash Pad. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Seacliff Park boasts over eight hectares of trees, open green space and a lengthy sandy shoreline known as Seacliff Beach. The main entrance to Seacliff Park is off Forest Avenue in Leamington. There is plenty of free, on-street parking available on Forest Avenue as well as a parking lot at the south end of the street. Seacliff Park is open daily from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm and operates from May to September. Amenities include: BBQ pits Change rooms Concession stand Flower gardens Playground Picnic tables Picnic shelter (may be
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Kingsville Folk Music Festival & Pelee Island Winery
The 4th Annual Kingsville Folk Music Festival is a celebration of all styles of music, boasting 4 daytime session stages and evening main stage on the shores of Lake Erie in Canada’s most southern town. More than 30 award-winning, national and international performers, including Cowboy Junkies, Sylvia Tyson, Jimmy Rankin, Harry Manx, Splash N Boots and many more, juried artisans, local food vendors, award-winning Pelee Island Wines and Lonsbery Farm craft beers. Join us as we Celebrate Family! with expanded children’s workshops, activities and performers and a pancake breakfast. Rain or shine and accessible.  Weekend/Senior/Student/Single Day/Single Evening passes
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Pelee Island Ferry Service - Kingsville Terminal
The Pelee Island Transportation Company services Pelee Island from April 1 until mid-December, offering vehicle and transportation services on its two ferries, the MV Pelee Islander and the MV Jiimaan. With departures at Leamington from mid-March until the end of July, at Kingsville from August until mid-December, and at Sandusky from the end of April until mid-October, ferry service is available from Canadian and United States ports. Make sure to check your departure location, and don’t forget to make a reservation for your vehicle! A dozen and more factors made Pelee Island and the islands of the Lake Erie archipelago a place which has become home to a myriad of species rare to
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Lakeside Park
This picturesque park is located on the shore of Lake Erie, it offers flower gardens, walking paths, gazebo's and a large indoor Pavilion. This park is great for family picnics/reunions, parties, stag and does, wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions. The Pavilion is a large turn-of-the-century building located on the hill from the lake. It can accommodate approximately 300 people and facilities include: Full kitchen with fridge, stove, sink, bar with walk in cooler Coat racks Stage Sound System with IPOD hook up/CD player 2 x wireless microphones Climate controlled , heat and air conditioning For facility information or booking inquiries please contact 519-733-2123, Kelly
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Chrysler Greenway Trail & Historic Mettawas Station
The Chrysler Canada Greenway is a 50-kilometre multi-use trail that is the southern-most section of the Trans Canada Trail between Old Castle and Leamington. It connects natural areas, rich agricultural lands, historically and architecturally significant structures, award winning wineries and many other features that make the Essex Region unique. The Greenway effectively joins 25 otherwise separate natural areas and three watersheds. It significantly improves the quality of life in the Essex Region by connecting people to nature and culture in a way that is accessible to all. Hiram Walker commissioned the eminent architect Albert Kahn to design and build the Kingsville Train Station to be
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Harrow/Colchester
Colchester, located on scenic County Road 50, has a lovely beach, playground, boat launch and harbour with direct access to the best walleye fishing in Lake Erie. Visitors can “explore the shore” by following County Road 50 through lush beauty of the Carolinian zone that produces much of Ontario’s soft fruits. Farms, orchards and wineries offer tours and samplings of their delicious products. The Essex Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) Wine Route joins vintners between the towns of Maidstone, Amherstburg, Colchester, Harrow, Kingsville, Pelee Island and Leamington. The burgeoning wineries in the viticultural regions of Lake Erie North Shore and Pelee Island welcome visitors to
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Leamington
Yes, that is a giant tomato housing the information booth in uptown Leamington! Leamington is Canada’s “Tomato Capital” and has the largest concentration of greenhouses in North America. Roadside stands sell abundant, fresh produce during summer and fall, while the vibrant business sector offers a variety of specialty shops, dining and accommodations. A diverse range of services along with the mildest climate in Ontario and recreation facilities such as the refurbished Municipal Marina and the Kinsmen Recreation Complex, have rated Leamington one of the best towns to live in. The waterfront is also part of a recreational trail system. Point Pelee National Park and local
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Amherstburg
Discover Amherstburg, a town firmly rooted in the War of 1812 era when the British established Fort Malden as a defense against American invasion. Today Amherstburg is famous for its historic buildings, charming downtown shops, gourmet restaurants, scenic harbour, International Peace Sculpture and Provincial Marine Monument. Glorious rhododendrons and a Hosta Garden grace the elegant King's Navy Yard Park with their colourful blooms. The Farmers’ Market and Amherstburg Costumes & Doll Museum open Saturday mornings (May–Sep) at Malden Community Centre by Road Jct. 9 & 20. Macassa Bay River Cruises take historical voyages on the Detroit River every Wednesday. Gibson
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Pelee Island
Many people travel far south to find relaxed, island atmosphere, yet it exists directly in Ontario on Pelee Island! Pelee is known for its vineyards, quiet, secluded beaches, Ecological Trail System and the best bird watching opportunities in Canada. Many birds stop on the island to rest on their northbound migrations and people do too. Visitors may be surprised to get friendly waves from passers-by. This is just part of the congenial atmosphere of the island where the pace of life is unhurried. The beauty of island living offers a chance to retreat from the rest of the world. Pelee Island Transportation offers ferry service across Lake Erie from Kingsville or Leamington to Pelee Island or
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Belle River/Lakeshore
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
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Kingsville
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
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