Leamington (Ontario)Leamington is a municipality of about 28,000 people (2016) in Essex County, Ontario, and the southern-most city in Canada.
It is billed as the "Tomato Capital of Canada". In 1908, the H. J. Heinz company came to Leamington, bringing many jobs to the area and contributing to Leamington's growth. The factory operated until 2014 and employed 740 people. Tomato juice and tomato paste maker Highbury Canco still employs a few hundred at the former Heinz facility, which still processes much of Leamington's local tomato crop.
HistoryThe community was named after Royal Leamington Spa in England, after having been called "Gainesville" or "Gainesborough" for local mill owner William Gaines, and before that, Wilkinson Corners.
It was a crossroads hamlet with about 300 residents, and was known for its lumber products rather than its tomatoes. There were several docks, and fish were plentiful in Lake Erie, so much so that sturgeon could be speared from the shore, and fish was the cheapest food available. Leamington once had many tobacco farms, but now they are virtually nonexistent.
- The MV Jiimaan. The largest passenger ferry along the Lake Erie route to Pelee Island, to the foot of Jackson St., Sandusky, Ohio. From Leamington, Canada, Kingsville Govt. Dock and Pelee Island.
- Leamington Marina 249 Sherk St. Loran Coordinates: North 420 100/West 823 600, +1 519-326-0834
- Leamington is 50 km southeast of Windsor (Ontario) along Highway 3.
- Leamington Airport (TC-LID: CLM2) is an general aviation airstrip with no scheduled flights, 2.5 nautical miles (5 km) east of Leamington. The closest scheduled service is in Windsor.
phone: +1 519-322-2600address: 215 Talbot St. W
Leamington TransitOne regular route with accessible vehicles M-Sa 9AM–5PM that passes the Leamington District Memorial Hospital, Leamington Library, high schools, cultural wedding halls, police/fire station, public information booth, Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex and the town hall. The "Erie Summer Route" runs up and down Erie Street between Wilkinson Drive and the Marina/Waterfront area F-Su and holidays mid-May to early Sep.
phone: +1 519-326-2711address: 72 Talbot St WA hub for the arts in Leamington and Windsor-Essex Region offering up to 40 exhibitions each year, artist markets, arts and crafts shows, film nights, and educational arts programs.
phone: +1 519-322-0456address: 31 Pickwick DrThe Heritage Centre contains many artifacts which include photographs, documents, books, magazines, journals, and many personal and household items related to the Mennonites in Essex and Kent Counties.
phone: +1 519-326-5282address: 400 Talbot Rd EFun acre, corn maze, mini golf, haunted barn. Weekends offer a bouncy castle, barrel train, and face painting.
phone: +1 519 326-8082address: 194 Erie St N, N8H 3A4
phone: +1 519-322-2365address: 1118 Pointe Pelee DrCanada's smallest national park (15 km²), extending into Lake Erie, it is known for its many species of butterflies, some of which are found nowhere else in Canada. It is also well known as a birdwatching location. The word pelée is French for 'bald'.
phone: +1 519-776-5209address: 1826 Mersea 2 RoadWith 5 km of trails around marshland habitat, Hillman Marsh is adjacent to Lake Erie and features walking trails, a nature centre, washrooms and viewing towers. A birding trail borders of unique Shorebird Habitat where water levels are actively managed to create mudflats, providing outstanding viewing opportunities.
BirdingLeamington is on the north shore of Lake Erie and is home to Point Pelee National Park, a major site for migrating birds especially in the autumn. As such, it plays host to many birdwatchers from Canada, the United States, and all around the world. The region is also known for the migration of monarch butterflies, which congregate in the fall at Point Pelee before making their way across Lake Erie on their route to winter quarters in central Mexico.
Another important natural area near Leamington is the wetland at Hillman Marsh, 6 km east of the town.
Pelee Passage AreaThe area has the highest density of shipwrecks in all the Great Lakes due to treacherous reefs, sudden storms and heavy ship traffic. Shipwrecks of the Pelee Passage are unique time capsules. 40-75 feet under water are many remarkable archaeological treasures, that are largely undiscovered.
phone: +1 519-326-5193address: 636 Point Pelee DrA must-see and visit for birders and naturalists, kayakers and canoeists.
phone: +1 519-322-0182address: 221 Talbot St. WFun place. One of the few places where you can have a drink and something to eat also on a Monday night off season.
phone: +1 519-324-9266address: 388 Erie St. SFresh Lake Erie Perch offered, fresh local vegetables always on menu. Good basic steaks & seafood, with in-house desserts and appetizers.
Sherman’s Stationphone: +1 519-326-6745address: 119 Erie St. NFamily restaurant with all-day breakfast.
phone: +1 519-322-2660address: 245 Talbot St. WFish and seafood.
phone: +1 519-326-1292address: 857 Point Pelee DriveSpecializes in fresh Lake Erie Yellow Perch & Pickerel, battered or you can have it grilled in lemon & herbs.
Family Kitchenphone: +1 519-324-0660address: 73 Erie Street SouthAll day Mennonite, Mexican, Canadian breakfast.
phone: +1 519-326-9071address: 279 Erie Street South100% smoke-free and pet-free. Standard rooms offer a 32" LCD flat screen television while the King Business class rooms feature a 42” LED flat screen television. All rooms feature workspace, outlets, ergonomic desk chair, refrigerator, microwave, single-cup coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board.
phone: +1 519-326-8646address: 566 Bevel Line RdPet-friendly rooms available. Renovated rooms with 42-inch LED TVs, a bistro, a children's play area, a rock climbing wall and a water park. CAA/AAA discount.
phone: +1 519-325-0260address: 201 Erie Street NorthFree breakfast, free Wi-Fi, indoor pool, sauna and hot tub. Accessible and non-smoking rooms are available.
phone: +1 519-324-9266address: 388 Erie Street South
Bed & Breakfast
phone: +1 519-326-8908address: 19 Cheyene CourtHandmade quilts, air-conditioned, Wireless Internet, no smoking, no pets.
phone: +1 519-825-4732address: 21097 Campers Cove Rd, Wheatley1200 ft of clean sandy beach. Laundromat, playground, horsehide pitch, volleyball, basketball, badminton, soccer, croquet.
phone: +1 519-326-1156address: 1129 Mersea Road C, Point PeleeIndoor interactive spray pool and outdoor swimming pool included in price.
Leamington District Memorial Hospitalphone: +1 519-326-2373address: 194 Talbot Street West