Essex County (Ontario)Essex County, Ontario is the southernmost region of Canada with one of the longest growing seasons in the nation, unique outdoor activities and fascinating historic sites. The Lake Erie shore and Pelee Island viticulture areas offer 13 wineries and the Canadian Club distillery.
- , a place of peace and relaxation.
- , the southernmost point in Canada.
Essex and much of Ontario's Niagara Peninsula served as a terminus for a vast Underground Railroad which led fugitive slaves north across abolitionist states to Canada. Ohio in particular bordered both slavery in Kentucky and freedom across Lake Erie, placing its routes among the shortest and most popular paths to freedom.
Today, major industries range from agriculture (a former Heinz factory cans tomato juice in Leamington) to auto manufacturing (Chrysler operates both in Windsor and across the river in suburban Detroit). The region is one endpoint for the Windsor-Quebec corridor, one of the most populous regions in the nation.
By planeThere is a small airport in Windsor (Ontario).
The Pelee Islanderphone: +1-800-661-2220Daily trips to Sandusky and mainland Essex County. Service to Sandusky is limited to once daily during the summer months, and is further restricted during the spring and fall. Advance vehicle reservations.
By carFrom the United States:
Windsor-Detroit TunnelTake the tunnel. Between Detroit and Windsor connecting the US Interstates I-95, I 96 and I 75 to Ontario's Highway 401, it is one of the fastest routes between Ontario and the United States.
Ambassador BridgeThe world's longest international suspension bridge.
- From the Toronto area, take Highway 401 westbound; all exits beyond Tilbury are in Essex County
- It is possible to take a plane to Detroit from Toronto and drive from there
Art Gallery of Windsor
Colasanti's Tropical Gardens
phone: +1 519 726-0606address: Co-An Park, 11071 11th Concession, McGregorEssex County Steam & Gas Engine Show, John Deere brand tractors and equipment, also includes a flea market, craft and food vendors, and a bake sale. Three-day event held the second weekend in August.
Serbian Heritage Museumphone: +1 519 944-4884address: 6770 Tecumseh Rd. E, WindsorExhibits change every three to four months.
address: 2072 Riverside Drive EastGuided tours of Hiram Walker's 1894 Whisky Palace.
Jack Miner Bird SanctuaryTurn right at Wilkinson Road across from the old Leamington Arena.
phone: +1 519 733-2803
- Point Pelee National Park of Canada One of Canada's smallest national parks, attracts approximately 300 000 visitors each year.
Wineries and tours
Aleksander Estate Wineryphone: +1 519 326-2024address: 1542 County Rd 34, Ruthven
phone: +1 519-738-2241 (Winery), +1 519-738-9318 (Tours)
phone: +1 519-738-9858address: 410 County Road 50 West, Harrow
Mastronardi Estate Wineryphone: +1 519-733-9463address: 1193 Concession 3
phone: +1 519-733-6551address: 455 Seacliff Drive, KingsvilleTours noon, 2PM and 4PM daily (adults $5, seniors $4)
phone: +1 519-726-9609address: 9238 Walker Road, McGregor
address: 559 County Rd. 20 West, KingsvilleCapricorn Pottery, established in 1977, showcases the handcrafted stoneware and RAKU pottery works of potter Gloria Gellner. Adult and Children's pottery classes available on site. Always call ahead for daily studio hours.
Windsor Crossings Outlet Mall