Government & Travel
Canada’s Most Southern Point—Southern Ontario Tourism
The southernmost point of Canada has much to offer. Butterflies float over the vineyards of Pelee Island. Tall ships glide into Sarnia on their way to Lake St. Clair. Fisherman cast for largemouth bass in Lake Erie, just off the southern shores of Chatham–Kent. The "Underground Railroad" or "Freedom Trail" brought the first permanent settlements of fugitive African slaves, from the United States to this area starting in the 1820's. This tourism site offers information on provincial parks, historic sites, conservation areas, accommodations, maps, and things to do and see.
Great Canadian Parks: Point Pelee National Park
Point Pelee, a 10-kilometre sandspit with its southern point equal in latitude to the northern border of California, contains one of Canada's smallest but most unusual national parks. A thin triangle jutting into Lake Erie at the southernmost point of Canada, the 20-square-kilometre landscape boasts a unique blend of vegetation in the marshes, jungle-like Carolinian forest, Savannah grasslands and unpredictable beachfront, supporting a complexity of wildlife. The early attraction the peninsula had for the first people to come in search of game, continues in the overwhelming popularity the park has amongst bird watchers and day visitors.
Leamington & District Chamber of Commerce
Check out the Chamber’s business site, or TourismLeamington.com, their travel site. Leamington is a great place to do business. With a population of just over 30,000—and over 125 million people within a day’s drive! In April 2006, MoneySense magazine listed Leamington as “the Number One Place to Live in Canada,” beating out a field of 108 other communities. Leamington was chosen based on weather, income, growth, home prices, economic diversity, unemployment and the number of people of who walk to work. And your dollar goes further in Leamington.
Municipality of Leamington
Leamington has a local population of nearly 30,000 and acts as a regional centre for an additional population of 60,000 within a twenty minute radius. Home to the natural wonders of Point Pelee National Park, Leamington has also become recognized as the greenhouse capital of North America. Principal crops include cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes. By 1959, Leamington was the source of 2/3 of the tomatoes produced in Canada, primarily produced for the H.J. Heinz Company, which established a food-processing plant here in 1909, the second largest Heinz plant in the world.
Municipality of Pelee Island
The Township of Pelee is made up of nine islands in Lake Erie and is the southernmost point in Canada. Pelee Island is the largest of the islands and is situated at the Canada–U.S. boundary between Sandusky, Ohio, and Essex County, Ontario. Pelee is a serenely beautiful area with miles of lovely beaches, natural areas that are unsurpassed, and superb fishing. When you visit Pelee you will be limited only by your imagination. We look forward to welcoming you. The website includes information on accommodations and things to do when you visit.
Shaped by nature and steeped in history, culture, and charm, Ontario's Southwest is a mecca for fine dining, wine, festivals, arts & culture, and the outdoors. With 900+ km of shorelines, numerous river systems, nature trails, camping and scenic motorcycles routes, it's no wonder Ontario's Southwest attracts nature lovers.
Ontario Trails Council: Southwestern Ontario Trails
Includes an extensive list of trails, broken into sections for Hiking & Walking, Camping & Backpacking, Canoeing & Kayaking, Cross Country Skiing, Cycling –Offroad, Cycling–Roads & Paths, Dog Sledding, Downhill Skiing, Equestrian, Geocaching, Motorcycling, Running, Rock Climbing, Snowmobiling, and Snowshoeing & Backcountry.
Pelee Island Travel Site
Pelee Island is nature’s playground, known as a great vacation spot for Canadians, and more and more people are discovering its beauty. We have historical and natural parks, bird sanctuaries, great hiking trails and hunting (the main game is pheasant). As the most southernmost part of Canada, our weather includes warm spells and cold spells—but not too cold, because our region ranks first in Canada for the most “growing-degree” days, making it one of the best places in the country for wineries.
Point Pelee National Park: Parks Canada
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. The park’s 20-square-kilometer (8-square-mile) landscape is a patchwork of ecosystems that includes marshes, forests, fields and beaches, producing a complexity of life that is unequalled, even in Canada’s larger National Parks. Point Pelee is an 11-mile-long peninsula that extends to a sharp point into Lake Erie, and its natural wonders and cultural treasures include 22.5 km (14 miles) of sand and pebble beaches, a mile long boardwalk, nature trails and picnic areas. The Nature Nook bookstore in the Visitor Centre, canoe and bicycle rentals and Cattail Café are offered in conjunction with Friends of Point Pelee. Annually, the park hosts over 5,700 students for education programs at the Marsh Boardwalk, Tip, Woodland Nature Trail and Henry Community Youth Camp, plus provides outreach programs to another 1,000 students.
Southern Ontario Tourism
Butterflies float over the vineyards of Pelee Island. Tall ships glide into Sarnia on their way to Lake St. Clair. Fisherman cast for largemouth bass in Lake Erie, just off the southern shores of Chatham-Kent. The "Underground Railroad" or "Freedom Trail" brought the first permanent settlements of fugitive African slaves, from the United States to this area starting in the 1820's. Whether strolling along Windsor's riverfront or being thrilled by the flashing slot machines at Casino Windsor, the southernmost point of Canada has much to offer. Explore the history of Canadian oil fields near Petrolia, or catch the ferry to Pelee Island for a refreshing bike tour.
Tourism Windsor, Essex County, Pelee Island (TWEPI)
Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island is the official regional tourism marketing site, with extensive listings on Accommodations, Dining, Shopping, Family Fun, Festivals, Toursansportation, a Calendar of Events and more! TWEPI also publishes an annual Visitors Guide.
Uptown Leamington Business Improvement Area (for shopping, dining, business directory & events)
Uptown Leamington offers a pleasing mixture of the historic and modern served up with small town charm. Located less than a half hour from Windsor and surrounded by scenic Lake Erie, it's the perfect getaway destination. Named Canada's best place to live by Money Sense magazine.
Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and professionals in our region. Involved for over 135 years in every phase of community growth, the Chamber works to encourage an economic climate favourable to business and industry. We provide member firms with valuable direct services for day-to-day operations, as well as represent the business, professional and industrial community in its relations with the public sector.
WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation
The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation is a not-for-profit organization supported by the City of Windsor and County of Essex and is responsible for advancing economic development to grow and sustain prosperity in the region. The main focus of the organization is to develop and execute strategies to retain, expand, attract and help start up new businesses in the Windsor-Essex region. At the site you will find Free Online Tools and Apps You Can Use to Grow Your Business, economic forecasts, and key information to persuade you to live, work or invest in the region.
WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation—Leamington community fact sheet: population, economy, climate, cost of doing business, etc.
Imagine a place where rare plants and species thrive. Where the land is so rich it produces the most diverse range of crops in Canada. A place where naturalists flock to witness the impressive migration of birds and butterflies. A community where comfortable living is at its best. A place where breathtaking sunsets, secluded beaches, after supper sails and friendly faces are a way of life. Imagine Leamington. Leamington, a beautiful community of 28,403 (2011 Census), is located 45 minutes from the Windsor/Detroit international border, and within a one-day's drive of over 125 million people; almost half of North America's population. This site includes important summaries of community specific data, including population, education, economy, climate, employment, cost of doing business, and more.