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Essex South - Lake Erie

Description of the Area

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Download Essex, Windsor and Pelee Island Trail Map 17-24  


Essex South - Point Pelee

The Waterfront Trail in the southern reaches of Essex County passes through historic settlements and quaint towns. The route is mostly on road with some busier sections leaving Windsor.

The historic town of Amherstburg sits on the river facing the United States of America. It is there that the Fort Malden Historic Site was situated to defend against would-be attackers from the United States of America.

This is  the southern most part of Canada. Going east along the shores of Lake Erie into the Town of Essex, you will find numerous beaches beckoning you for a swim, lush farm fields selling goods, and excellent wineries, many with food service. For a glimpse of our pioneering heritage visit John R. Homestead. In Colchester, you'll soon see a Peace Garden, a perfect place to stop to watch the Lake.  

In Kingsville the Waterfront Trail joins the Chrysler Greenway for a short while. The Chrysler Greenway is a converted rail-trail with a crushed limestone surface, and along it you will find the restored Kingsville Train Station – now a delightful restaurant with patio seating. The Chrysler Greenway continues northwest into Windsor if you want to make a create a loop excursion. Kingsville is also the launching point for Pelee Island--now part of the Waterfront Trail and, where you will find a peaceful retreat and a birders haven.

Leamington has a bustling downtown area with shops, restaurants and places to stay. Just east of Leamington is Point Pelee National Park, a world-renowned birding destination and Canada’s most southernmost mainland point. The side trip to Point Pelee National Park to the southern most tip of Canada or the 42nd Parallel is about 20km and absolutely worth the visit.

Local Map

Main Access Points (with parking) 

  • Downtown Amherstburg
  • Colchester, Town of Essex
  • Kingsville
  • Leamington

Resources, Local Maps and Connecting Trails

The Essex Waterfront Trail is proud to be part of the County of Essex's County-wide Active Transportation Network or CWATS. Check the following link for a maps of the entire network as well as local maps:


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

Tourism Information

Municipal Tourism Information

Regional Tourism Info

County Info:

Regional Tourism Organization:

Other Tourism Information

  • Ontario By Bike has information about bike-friendly services and facilities in Essex county as well as trip ideas.

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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