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Essex North - Lake St. Clair

Description of the Area

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Download Essex Windsor & Pelee Island Trail Maps 17-24 


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The northern section of Essex County brings us to Lake St. Clair and two lovely communities: Tecumseh and Lakeshore. The Trail passes by farms fields and several lakeside villages. There are many opportunities to pull off the trail to relax at several shoreside parkettes in Lakeshore. Many of these have a small beach.

Both Tecumseh and Lakeshore have grand waterfront parks that are community favourites: Lakeview Park in Lakeshore and Lakewood Park in Tecumseh have beaches, concession stands, playgrounds, washrooms and ample parking.

There are two conservation areas: Ruscom Shores CA and Tremblay Beach CA. Both are located in Lakeshore and they protect the last two marshes on Essex County's north shoreline of Lake St. Clair. They are naturalized parks with trails and paths. Great place to see shore birds.

The 44 km stretch of trail along the shores of Lake St Clair uses a combination of County Roads, quiet beach or residential streets and dedicated paths. Most of the County Roads used for the Trail have shoulders or are slated to get paved shoulders as part of the County-Wide Active Transportation Plan. Lakeview Drive and Charron Beach Rd back onto beach homes. Please slow down while using this route. There is a beautiful stretch of off-road path that stretches from Puce to St. Clair beach.

The 4km (one-way) side trip into Lighthouse Cove will take to a popular boating and fishing area and an historic lighthouse located at the mouth of the Thames River. There are a handful of restaurants and a variety store if you need provisions. The next town to the east is Pain Court (24 km) and Belle River (22 km) to the west.


Local Map

Main Access Points (with parking) 

  • Lighthouse Cove, 19308 Lakeside Drive, Tilbury, ON N0P 2L0 (Parking lot and boat launch at the foot of Lakeside Dr.)  [Map 24]
  • Tremblay Beach Conservation Area, 10065 St. Clair Rd, Lakeshore  [Map 24]
  • Ruscom Shores Conservation Area, end of Surf Club Rd, Deerbrook [Map 23]
  • Lakeview Park West, Belle River, Lakeshore, 100 Lake Rd, Belle River, N0R 1A0. Just a short distance from the Belle River's downtown.
  • Lakewood Park, Tecumseh, 3451 Riverside Dr. E, ON N8N 2M8

Resources, Local Maps and Connecting Trails

The County of Essex a comprehensive map showing trails and cycling facilities throughout the County. The County is implementing an ambitious 25-year vision to install 800 km of trails and cycling facilities throughout the County.

Essex Region Conservation Authority produces a PDF map outlining all the trails through Essex County:

Trans Canada Trail connects with the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail in Lakeshore at County Rd 37 and Tecumseh Rd (County Rd 2). [Map 24]. Use TCT to travel to Leamington, about 30 km.  East of County Rd 37, heading into Chatham-Kent, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is also designated as part of the TCT.

Tourism Information

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How to Get there and Public Transit Information

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VIA Rail - National Passenger Rail service.

Bike racks are available on all trains equipped with baggage cars.



Contact Information

(416) 943-8080
4195 Dundas St. West - Suite 227,
Toronto, Ontario M8X 1Y4

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