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The Most Southern Point on “Mainland” Canada

Recommended by JOHN PATERSON

The actual point in Point Pelee National Park, only minutes from downtown Leamington, is the southernmost piece of land connected to the mainland.

It is a gorgeous place to visit, especially for birdwatchers who flock here during migration periods to spot some species that would be hard to see otherwise. You’ll be immersed in an unforgettable eco-adventure in Canada’s second smallest and most ecologically diverse national park.

The southernmost point of Canada is not far from here – this is the south point of Middle Island in Lake Erie.

1118 Point Pelee Drive, Leamington ON N8H 3V4

(519) 322-2365

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Waterfront Promenade | Pedestrian Pier

Recommended by JOHN PATERSON

Take a stroll from the Leamington Municipal Marina to the Pelee Island Ferry. You can relax on a Rick Atkin Park bench and watch the ducks and geese or catch a spectacular sunset view.

Leamington Dock was transformed into a pedestrian pier – with fencing, observation deck, tables, chairs, etc. to relax. “This is wonderful — as a kid, this is where we spent all our time,” said Mayor John Paterson in June 2018.

Downtown, Leamington, ON N8H 2N3

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03

Tomato Capital of Canada

Recommended by LIZ PETTAPIECE-PHILLIPS

Leamington has a mild climate and fertile soil which combine to make it an area perfect for growing hundreds of fields of tomatoes. The town’s water tower, visible for kilometres in the flat southern Ontario landscape, is in the shape and colour of a giant tomato. The tourist information booth in downtown was shaped like a large fibreglass tomato (closed in 2019).

For many years, Leamington was the home of the H J Heinz factory. Now the tomatoes from the area are made into delicious French’s Ketchup.

The produce in the area is actually quite vast – from tomatoes to asparagus to watermelon. The area is also home to many greenhouses producing year-round vegetables.

Leamington, ON N8H 2N3

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04

The Town of TV Host David Suzuki

An award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster David Suzuki grew up in Leamington. He attended Mill Street Elementary School and Grade 9 at Leamington Secondary School before moving to London, Ontario.

Read Essay of David Suzuki “We lost something, a strong sense of community and connection to place”. He wrote it for 1000 Towns of Canada especially

“After World War II, my family was expelled from British Columbia where we had been incarcerated in a remote village in the Rocky Mountains for the duration of the war, so we ended up in Leamington in southern Ontario.  This was a centre of farming in Essex county that boasted of being the home of Heinz ketchup.

We were the first “coloured” family to move into Leamington and my parents were nervous.  As a child, I experienced only minor episodes of overt racism, and my recollections of Leamington are filled with happy memories.”

Read and watch more about famous Canadians from Leamington

134 Mill St E, Leamington, ON N8H 1S6

https://www.1000towns.ca/david-suzuki-scientist-tv-host/

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05

Seacliff Park Beach

Recommended by JOHN PATERSON

Seacliff Park in Leamington has a nice beach and surrounding park area. It includes treed areas as well as a beach.

Amenities included washrooms both in the park and along the beach. Parking is available, and picnic shelters can be reserved for a fee.

Also, there are the art Amphitheatre and a fantastic children’s splash pad in Seacliff Park.

24 Seacliff Dr W, Leamington, ON N8H 3X8

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06

Pelee Island Ferry

Recommended by JULIE OBEID

Pelee Island is the most southerly inhabited island in Canada. Pelee Island’s outstanding attraction is its degree of removal from the main thoroughfares of southern Ontario and the adjoining states.

You can make your way to Pelee Island by Ferry. Pelee transportation is provided by the M.V. Jiimaan and the M.V. Pelee Islander between Leamington and Pelee Island.

500 Erie Street, Leamington, N8H 3E5

(519) 724-2115

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07

Monarch Butterflies in Point Pelee

For a few special days each autumn, Point Pelee National Park is a temporary home to thousands of migrating Monarch butterflies. As soon as favourable conditions occur, they begin one of nature’s greatest journeys by crossing Lake Erie. They cannot linger, for their destination is some 3000 km further south, in the mountains of central Mexico!

1118 Point Pelee Dr, Leamington, ON N8H 3V4

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08

Concerts at Waterfront Amphitheater

Recommended by JOHN PATERSON

The Music Onthe42 Summer Concert Series is the crown jewel of Leamington’s breathtaking Seacliff Park Amphitheatre. It runs from late June to the end of August at the Amphitheatre.

Seven free concerts feature national and local bands of all genres performing Saturday evenings.

Seacliff Park Beachfront Amphitheatre, Leamington, ON

519-326-5761

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09

Hogs 4 Hospice

Recommended by JOHN PATERSON

The Annual Hogs for Hospice – Canada’s most southern Motorcycle Rally is a 3-day party in Civic Holiday. Hogs for Hospice has become one of the biggest, most organized motorcycle rallies in Canada.

Once you experience it you will understand why it’s been said that “H4H is no longer an event, it is a movement.”

Seacliff Park, at the corner of Seacliff Dr. & Forest Ave, Leamington, ON

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10

Marsh Boardwalk

Recommended by JULIE OBEID

Point Pelee Marsh Boardwalk is a 1.1 kilometre lightly trafficked loop trail located near Leamington, Ontario, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels.

The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Point Pelee National Park, Leamington, Ontario

1-888-773-8888

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11

Burgess Refreshments Ice Cream

Recommended by JULIE OBEID

If you’re looking for the best ice cream cones, go down to the Leamington Dock to Burgess’s. A casual atmosphere where you can walk along the promenade to the beautiful Marina, or sit at a picnic table to enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Erie and Pelee Island in the distance.

403 Erie Street South, Leamington, Ontario N8H 3E6

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12

Mill Street Night Market

Recommended by JOHN PATERSON

Leamington’s monthly Mill St. Night Market featuring delicious street food, handcrafted items, vintage clothing and antiques, craft beer and cocktails, local wine and music, takes place from May to November once a month.

Lining the modern, reinvented, Mill Street in Leamington, you’ve never experienced a night market quite like this!

Mill Street. W, Leamington, ON

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13

Leamington Fair

Recommended by JULIE OBEID

For over 170 years, the Leamington District Agricultural Society holds the Fair, typically during the 3rd week in June. The Fair features a Midway full of rides and games, a Demolition Derby, and a variety of contests for arts, crafts, livestock, and food in a classic County Fair.

Leamington Fairgrounds, 194 Erie Street North, Leamington

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14

Festival of Birds

Every year over 40,000 visitors head to Point Pelee National Park for the Festival of Birds at the beginning of May.

Over 300 species of birds migrate through the park every year, providing close up views of birds not seen anywhere else in the country

1118 Point Pelee Drive, Leamington, ON N8H 3V4

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15

Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens

Recommended by DHARMESH PATEL

Colasanti’s is a tropical wonderland destination for the whole family not far from Leamington, in Kingsville ON.

3.5 acres indoor entertainment and shopping centre offers exotic and tropical plants, indoor rides, petting zoo, indoor 18 hole mini golf, arcade room, beautifully crafted home décor pieces and collectibles. Colasanti’s Restaurant specializes in our famous “Broasted Chicken,” pizza, apple cider, hot homemade doughnuts and butter fudge.

We carry tropical plants, bonsai, orchids, flowering potted plants, cacti, succulents and more.

1550 Road 3 East – Kingsville, ON N9Y 2E5 

(519) 326-3287

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