Chrysler Greenway Trail & Historic Mettawas Station
Year Round: YES
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 ready when construction of the railway line reached Kingsville from Windsor in the spring of 1889. The interior layout included gentlemen’s and ladies’ waiting rooms, ticket office, freight and baggage areas, a covered porch, port-cochere and a second floor bed chamber. Built out of stone and complete with a slate roof, the station was equipped with gas heating and lighting brought in from natural gas fields nearby.
To serve his business interests, Hiram Walker built the Lake Erie, Essex, and Detroit River Railway. For his recreation, he built a Grand Resort on the main line of the Railway and on the shores of Lake Erie, The Mettawas Hotel which opened in 1889. The elegant hotel no longer exists but the memories do live on. Designed by Mason and Rice Architects, The Mettawas Hotel cost $250,000 to build.
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