Municipality of Leamington Logo


April 25, 2018

THE ONE SOUTHERN ONTARIO ROAD TRIP YOU HAVE TO TAKE!

Motorcycle Riders at Hogs for Hospice Motorcycle Rally, 2017Motorcycle Riders at Hogs for Hospice Motorcycle Rally, 2017

There is something particularly nostalgic about turning the music up, rolling down your windows, and hitting the open road. The road trip has solidified its place in the Canadian national identity—it evokes memories of friendship, family, summer destinations, and forgetting about the grind of daily life.


Southwestern Ontario, in particular, has a history intimately tied to the car and motor culture. Home to Windsor and in close proximity to Detroit, both auto manufacturing hubs, car culture is deeply ingrained in the identity of many Southwestern Ontarians. You can still see this as you drive down the streets of Leamington, Ontario in the summer. Motorcycles revving their engines, classic cars casually rolling down the streets, and flashy sports cars cruising the roads as people enjoy the warm southern air.

Nothing holds more personal appeal to me than a road trip where you can see miles ahead of you, with nowhere you need to be, and stop on a beach or patio somewhere for local food, drink, and conversation. To get this in one adventure- all roads lead to Leamington.


John R. Park Homestead, EssexJohn R. Park Homestead, Essex

The most scenic driving route to Leamington from the West is Country Road 20 which runs along Lake Erie from Detroit/Windsor and is dotted with smaller communities, wineries, and historical sites in the communities of Kingsville, Essex, and Amherstburg. With plenty to explore before you reach your destination, this route is a great road trip through Southern Ontario.

Distance & Route: 90km by Country Rd 20 & County Rd 50


Oxley Estate Winery, EssexOxley Estate Winery, Essex

Pit Stops

Art Gallery of Windsor: Located on Windsor’s beautiful riverfront, the AGW is the largest public art gallery in the Windsor-Detroit corridor and is nationally-recognized for its diverse collection and changing exhibition program featuring contemporary and historical art from Canada and around the world. 

Fort Malden National Historic Site: Fort Malden stood guard during the war of 1812, a time when the threat of American invasion was very real. The Americans occupied this fort for almost two years after the British abandoned it following their defeat at the Battle of Lake Erie. Fort Malden commemorates a period when the destiny of Canada was determined by military action.

John R. Park Homestead: Take a trip back in time to the 1850s. The house and farm buildings of John and Amelia Park are restored to bring the nineteenth century to life. Explore the Parks’ magnificent Classical Revival home, built in 1842, taste baking from the kitchen fireplace or play with a wooden toy in the children’s bedrooms. See the workings of an 1885 steam engine-powered sawmill and stop by the blacksmith shop to witness the making of small hardware and repairing of farm tools at the coal-fired forge.


Monarch butterflies on their migratory path through LeamingtonMonarch butterflies on their migratory path through Leamington

Lunch Break

Oxley Estate Winery: In the heart of the wine route on charming County Road 50, Oxley Estate Winery makes small batch award winning wines. Oxley offers wine tasting every day and a great lunch and dinner menu year round using fresh, local ingredients. Enjoy your friends and family in the Wine Garden patio with a wood burning fireplace or inside the newly renovated barn. 


oTentik, Point Pelee National ParkoTentik, Point Pelee National Park

What to Pack

Located on the 42nd parallel, Leamington has a moderate climate year-round. It can get humid in the summer, being home to the southernmost point in mainland Canada so pack light, breathable cotton clothing. Don’t forget your sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and some comfortable footwear for when it’s time to get out of the car and explore!

When to Go

Peak season is May-October, which is bookended by two exciting migration seasons. May is the Festival of Birds hosted by Point Pelee National Park where you can catch one of the best spring birding migrations in North America. With fall comes the migration of the Monarch butterfly. Leamington is doing its part to help repopulate the Monarch by planting native species along its trails and parks.  Another idea is to plan your visit around festivals like the Music Onthe42 Summer Concert Series, Hogs for Hospice Motorcycle Rally, and Fiestas Patrias (Mexican Independence Day)


oTentik, Point Pelee National ParkoTentik, Point Pelee National Park

Where to Stay

From glamping in Point Pelee National Park’s oTENTik, to the Best Western Plus Leamington Hotel and Conference Centre and its indoor waterpark, to the waterfront B&B’s and cottages along the shores of Lake Erie, Leamington has accommodation to suit all budgets. Most popular hotels are along the waterfront from Seacliff Park down to Point Pelee National Park.


Birdie's Perch, LeamingtonBirdie's Perch, Leamington

What to Eat

Once known as the Tomato Capital of Canada, Leamington has expanded well beyond its Tomato-centric community identity. Agriculture has certainly shaped the fresh produce available at roadside stands throughout the spring, summer, and fall and has also impacted the cultures represented in the town’s vibrant food scene. In the uptown alone you can eat at restaurants from over 12 different countries—Venezuelan, Thai, Greek, Mexican, Mennonite, and Vietnamese to name a few. Leamington’s perch is also world renowned as Leamington is right next door to the world’s largest fresh water fishing port-Wheatley, ON.


Point Pelee National Park, LeamingtonPoint Pelee National Park, Leamington

See the Sights

Seacliff Park Amphitheatre & Beach/ Leamington Waterfront: Leamington has invested heavily into the redevelopment of its waterfront.

Seacliff Park & Beach is the jewel of the Leamington waterfront redevelopment project. Seacliff’s amphitheatre is the largest grassed outdoor amphitheatre in Southern Ontario and offers programming every weekend throughout the summer ranging from concerts such as Randy Houser to Cheap Trick to The Sheepdogs, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, local music nights, and outdoor movies every weekend throughout the summer.

The beach has a brand new boardwalk, beach volleyball courts and the park is the location of the famous Tomato Splash Pad.  The waterfront boasts a revamped pedestrian pier, and a newly renovated Marina--only part of the multi-year vision for its scenic waterfront.

Point Pelee National Park: Situated in Leamington at the southern extreme of mainland Canada, Point Pelee National Park is a tiny sanctuary supporting a mosaic of habitats from jungle-like forest, to lush wetlands, to open savannah.  Bike the 4.5 km trail taking you deep into the forest, or walk the boardwalk out onto one of the largest fresh water marshes left on the Great Lakes.

Hillman Marsh Conservation Area: A birding trail borders 87 acres of unique Shorebird Habitat where water levels are actively managed to create mudflats, providing outstanding viewing opportunities. The nature centre has educational displays about flora and fauna typical to the region and the area is a great place for hiking, biking, picnicking, canoeing & kayaking, bird watching, fishing, swimming, and in the winter months, skiing. Hillman is located just minutes from Point Pelee National Park, and can easily be combined with a visit to nearby Kopegaron Woods Conservation Area. 

 

If you are planning one road trip this summer this is it. Experience Leamington in 2018.


Connect with us!

Subscribe to Adventures, The Onthe42.com Newsletter

* indicates required
Instagram
#Repost @aerial.imaging19
・・・
Happy Birthday Canada 🇨🇦
#Repost @aerial.imaging19 ・・・ Happy Birthday Canada 🇨🇦
July 3, 2019, 1:15 am
#Repost @lcbofoodanddrink
・・・
It’s #TacoTuesday and today’s recipe comes your way via Mexico, California and… Leamington, Ontario! This local spin on Baja-style fish tacos sees fresh Ontario perch battered, fried and garnished with your favourite taco toppings. Find the recipe via the link in our profile.
📷: @jamestseinc

#lcbofoodanddrink #lcbo #summer2019 #fishtacos #yellowperch #eatlocal #tacos
#Repost @lcbofoodanddrink ・・・ It’s #TacoTuesday and today’s recipe comes your way via Mexico, California and… Leamington, Ontario! This local spin on Baja-style fish tacos sees fresh Ontario perch battered, fried and garnished with your favourite taco toppings. Find the recipe via the link in our profile. 📷: @jamestseinc #lcbofoodanddrink #lcbo #summer2019 #fishtacos #yellowperch #eatlocal #tacos
July 2, 2019, 5:21 pm
Happy Canada Day! 
#Onthe42 #ExperienceLeamington #CanadaDay #CanadaDay2019
Happy Canada Day! #Onthe42 #ExperienceLeamington #CanadaDay #CanadaDay2019
July 2, 2019, 12:30 am
#Repost @thebanktheatre
・・・
Making your #CanadaDay plans? Music + 💥 Fireworks
@raffouljody releases his 6th studio album
#Repost @thebanktheatre ・・・ Making your #CanadaDay plans? Music + 💥 Fireworks @raffouljody releases his 6th studio album "BaMORé" July 1 at Seacliff Park Amphitheatre in Leamington! @thebrandyalexanders open! Doors 7pm Show 8pm! www.onthe42.com www.banktheatre.com #CanadaDay #CanadaDay2019 #MusicOnthe42 Presented by Municipality of Leamington and @experienceleamington and produced by @thebanktheatre Jody Raffoul 🎶 🎸💕☺️
June 25, 2019, 3:27 pm
#Repost @imac2016
・・・
Everyone was so busy looking at the birds, that they missed this #pointpeleenationalpark
#Repost @imac2016 ・・・ Everyone was so busy looking at the birds, that they missed this #pointpeleenationalpark
June 22, 2019, 12:44 pm
Come and see this view in person! Our marina features seasonal and transient docking slips, jet ski docks, a boat ramp, charter fishing, and live entertainment with craft food and beer on Friday nights! 
Find out more at www.leamington.ca/marina  #ExperienceLeamington #Onthe42
Come and see this view in person! Our marina features seasonal and transient docking slips, jet ski docks, a boat ramp, charter fishing, and live entertainment with craft food and beer on Friday nights! Find out more at www.leamington.ca/marina #ExperienceLeamington #Onthe42
June 21, 2019, 2:58 pm
#Repost @itismekar
・・・
Little house in the woods that’s part of an adorable #otentik village 🏕
#glamping #pointpelee #camphenry #parkscanada #travelontario #ontario
#Repost @itismekar ・・・ Little house in the woods that’s part of an adorable #otentik village 🏕 #glamping #pointpelee #camphenry #parkscanada #travelontario #ontario
June 20, 2019, 8:03 pm
Explore the authentic culinary scene in Leamington, Ontario, a mix of local ingredients and global flavours. Experience family tradition and taste Salvadorian cuisine at El Comal.

#TasteLeamington #TasteGlobal #EatLocal #TourismMatters #tourismontario #salvadorianfood #Papusas
Explore the authentic culinary scene in Leamington, Ontario, a mix of local ingredients and global flavours. Experience family tradition and taste Salvadorian cuisine at El Comal. #TasteLeamington #TasteGlobal #EatLocal #TourismMatters #tourismontario #salvadorianfood #Papusas
June 19, 2019, 6:32 pm
#Repost @stemsandforks
・・・
Cuke Salads made with @delfrescopure crunchy cucumbers. Remember that Food styling and photography workshop @ExperienceLeamington Thursday June 20th Sponsored by @ontsouthwest and @delfrescopure ?… Well 2 new spots were just released for the Smartphone Camera Photography workshop taking place 5pm-8pm.. Loads of food, gifts and of course tips on how to style and shoot with a phone. As well…still a few spots left for the Camera workshop Thursday June 20th 12pm -3:30 PM. $100 Each made possible via generous sponsorships. Totally worth playing hooky! Temporary link in profile and stories. 
Pic; peeled Cucumbers splashed with fresh lemon juice, toasted sesame seed oil, salt, and mint. YUM!
BIG MERCI’S:
Presenting Sponsors
@ExperienceLeamington
@ontsouthwest 
Main Sponsor
@delfrescopure 
Supporting Sponsors
@hippiesnacksorganic
@bradtsbutcherblock
@curedcraftbrewing
@azizfruitstand.thewoodenspoon
@houseofflowercm
#Repost @stemsandforks ・・・ Cuke Salads made with @delfrescopure crunchy cucumbers. Remember that Food styling and photography workshop @ExperienceLeamington Thursday June 20th Sponsored by @ontsouthwest and @delfrescopure ?… Well 2 new spots were just released for the Smartphone Camera Photography workshop taking place 5pm-8pm.. Loads of food, gifts and of course tips on how to style and shoot with a phone. As well…still a few spots left for the Camera workshop Thursday June 20th 12pm -3:30 PM. $100 Each made possible via generous sponsorships. Totally worth playing hooky! Temporary link in profile and stories. Pic; peeled Cucumbers splashed with fresh lemon juice, toasted sesame seed oil, salt, and mint. YUM! BIG MERCI’S: Presenting Sponsors @ExperienceLeamington @ontsouthwest Main Sponsor @delfrescopure Supporting Sponsors @hippiesnacksorganic @bradtsbutcherblock @curedcraftbrewing @azizfruitstand.thewoodenspoon @houseofflowercm
June 16, 2019, 1:26 am
DYK: There are 13 Charter Fishing businesses that operate out of the Leamington Marina?
Lake Erie is known for the best walleye fishing in the world, and the charter fishermen have the knowledge and expertise to make your day a fun and successful one! Check it out here: http://bit.ly/2Www9k7
DYK: There are 13 Charter Fishing businesses that operate out of the Leamington Marina? Lake Erie is known for the best walleye fishing in the world, and the charter fishermen have the knowledge and expertise to make your day a fun and successful one! Check it out here: http://bit.ly/2Www9k7
June 13, 2019, 1:55 pm
#Repost @pelee_wings
・・・
Only 3 days until Pelee Wings' Kayak Fishing Seminar!  If you haven't heard about this event, here is some info...
Have you seen people out on kayaks reeling in their meal for the day or that trophy catch?  Have you been wanting to give it a try but not sure where to start?  Join Wilderness Systems fishing team member and kayak fishing nut Eric Briggs for this free seminar and learn everything you need to know to join this exciting sport.  During this two part seminar we will spend the first portion on shore learning about what makes different fishing kayaks better for different styles of fishing, how to deal with different challenges that kayak anglers face and loads of tips and tricks to make catching that fish of a life time easier. Then, we will head out on the water to try some fishing kayaks and toss some lures.  We will be offering over $200 in door prizes just for showing up!  If you find yourself hooked, we are offering $50 off any kayak under $1000 or $100 off any kayak over $1000!  Plus every kayak purchase gets you an entry to win an Adventure Technology Quest paddle! ($350 value). Dress to get wet, feel free to bring some fishing gear and try to land a keeper or just try some boats.
#Repost @pelee_wings ・・・ Only 3 days until Pelee Wings' Kayak Fishing Seminar! If you haven't heard about this event, here is some info... Have you seen people out on kayaks reeling in their meal for the day or that trophy catch? Have you been wanting to give it a try but not sure where to start? Join Wilderness Systems fishing team member and kayak fishing nut Eric Briggs for this free seminar and learn everything you need to know to join this exciting sport. During this two part seminar we will spend the first portion on shore learning about what makes different fishing kayaks better for different styles of fishing, how to deal with different challenges that kayak anglers face and loads of tips and tricks to make catching that fish of a life time easier. Then, we will head out on the water to try some fishing kayaks and toss some lures. We will be offering over $200 in door prizes just for showing up! If you find yourself hooked, we are offering $50 off any kayak under $1000 or $100 off any kayak over $1000! Plus every kayak purchase gets you an entry to win an Adventure Technology Quest paddle! ($350 value). Dress to get wet, feel free to bring some fishing gear and try to land a keeper or just try some boats.
June 7, 2019, 11:55 am
ONLY TWO TICKETS REMAINING! Hosted by Taste Leamington in partnership with Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation and sponsored by @DelfrescoPure -- Join food photographer and stylist, Betty Binon from Stems & Forks for a fun but intense afternoon to learn food photography and styling with your Smartphone – whether you’re a hobby photographer or an established influencer, you’ll get some styling and photography advice and inspiration to shoot you to the next level. 📷
Get your tickets now! http://bit.ly/2Wfp8nA
ONLY TWO TICKETS REMAINING! Hosted by Taste Leamington in partnership with Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation and sponsored by @DelfrescoPure -- Join food photographer and stylist, Betty Binon from Stems & Forks for a fun but intense afternoon to learn food photography and styling with your Smartphone – whether you’re a hobby photographer or an established influencer, you’ll get some styling and photography advice and inspiration to shoot you to the next level. 📷 Get your tickets now! http://bit.ly/2Wfp8nA
June 6, 2019, 3:17 pm
Yoga at Seacliff park is back! Join @greenyogaleamington Sunday’s at 9am for an All Levels by donation class. Funds will go to @y2ythebridge. First class is June 23rd. No need to sign up, simply show up 💚

#onthe42 #leamingtonontario #windsoressexcounty
Yoga at Seacliff park is back! Join @greenyogaleamington Sunday’s at 9am for an All Levels by donation class. Funds will go to @y2ythebridge. First class is June 23rd. No need to sign up, simply show up 💚 #onthe42 #leamingtonontario #windsoressexcounty
June 5, 2019, 11:13 am
#Repost @adashofdee
・・・
Hands up if you enjoy getaways with your bestie 🙋🏼‍♀️ I had a blast this weekend exploring the Windsor area with @nellecreations and one of my favourite stops was definitely @thirteenattheinn at the @seacliffeinn in Leamington. The combination of beautiful decor, incredible food and drinks, a fantastic location and the fact that the owner and head chef are both female made this the perfect place for us to visit. What other restaurants do you enjoy in the area? #partner #yqg #discoveryqg #ontsouthwest @ontsouthwest @twepi .
.
.
.
.
#instalove #instalike #wanderlust #prettythings #stylediaries #traveldiaries #dametraveler #flashesofdelight #instagoodmyphoto #neverstopexploring #puravida #darlingescapes #openmyworld #wonderfulplaces #wearetravelgirls #girlslovetravel #passionpassport #bestvacations #dametravelerfoodie
#Repost @adashofdee ・・・ Hands up if you enjoy getaways with your bestie 🙋🏼‍♀️ I had a blast this weekend exploring the Windsor area with @nellecreations and one of my favourite stops was definitely @thirteenattheinn at the @seacliffeinn in Leamington. The combination of beautiful decor, incredible food and drinks, a fantastic location and the fact that the owner and head chef are both female made this the perfect place for us to visit. What other restaurants do you enjoy in the area? #partner #yqg #discoveryqg #ontsouthwest @ontsouthwest @twepi . . . . . #instalove #instalike #wanderlust #prettythings #stylediaries #traveldiaries #dametraveler #flashesofdelight #instagoodmyphoto #neverstopexploring #puravida #darlingescapes #openmyworld #wonderfulplaces #wearetravelgirls #girlslovetravel #passionpassport #bestvacations #dametravelerfoodie
June 5, 2019, 11:10 am
#Repost @windsoreats
・・・
These #elotes are so nice we'll be making them twice in a week!🌽❤️💯 First, this Friday we'll be at the @wddnightmarket before heading to the @experienceleamington Mill St. Market on June 8.

Don't know what an elote is? In short, it's Mexican Street Corn! A cob of corn on a stick and slathered with all kinds of sauces and goodness.

Tag a friend you want to eat an elote with! 
#WindsorEats #YQG #WindsorON #corn #nomnomnom #streetfood #Walkerville #NightMarkets #MexicanFood #Foodie #food #instafood #Detroit
#Repost @windsoreats ・・・ These #elotes are so nice we'll be making them twice in a week!🌽❤️💯 First, this Friday we'll be at the @wddnightmarket before heading to the @experienceleamington Mill St. Market on June 8. Don't know what an elote is? In short, it's Mexican Street Corn! A cob of corn on a stick and slathered with all kinds of sauces and goodness. Tag a friend you want to eat an elote with! #WindsorEats #YQG #WindsorON #corn #nomnomnom #streetfood #Walkerville #NightMarkets #MexicanFood #Foodie #food #instafood #Detroit
May 29, 2019, 6:23 pm
#Repost @freddyslounge
・・・
Blackened Chilean Seabass, avocado buerre blanc, forbidden black rice. Limited quantity, get yours now #blackenedchileanseabass #chileanseabass #seabass #forbiddenrice #fish #chef #Onthe42 #foodphotography @food @foodphotoaward @experienceleamington
#Repost @freddyslounge ・・・ Blackened Chilean Seabass, avocado buerre blanc, forbidden black rice. Limited quantity, get yours now #blackenedchileanseabass #chileanseabass #seabass #forbiddenrice #fish #chef #Onthe42 #foodphotography @food @foodphotoaward @experienceleamington
May 23, 2019, 4:31 pm
Bike views. #onthe42 #exploreleamington #snapishginger #gingersnaps #gingersnapsyou #gingersnapsbikes #bikeordie #bikelife #justride

#Repost @snapishginger
Bike views. #onthe42 #exploreleamington #snapishginger #gingersnaps #gingersnapsyou #gingersnapsbikes #bikeordie #bikelife #justride #Repost @snapishginger
May 22, 2019, 6:18 pm
#Repost @adrie_see_the_world
・・・
King pigeon in the swamp
.
.
.
#yogaanywhere #kingpigeonpose
#swamp #pointpelee #ontario #canada #roadtrip #roadtripper 
#thegreatoutdoors 
#blacktraveljourney 
#blackgirlstravel #blackgirlstraveltoo #blacktravelers #traveladdict  #travel #traveler #seetheworld  #travelgram  #wanderlust #travelpic #mytraveljourney  #instratravel #traveltheworld #nomadnesstribe #igtravel  #wanderlust #solotravel #blackwanderlust
#Repost @adrie_see_the_world ・・・ King pigeon in the swamp . . . #yogaanywhere #kingpigeonpose #swamp #pointpelee #ontario #canada #roadtrip #roadtripper #thegreatoutdoors #blacktraveljourney #blackgirlstravel #blackgirlstraveltoo #blacktravelers #traveladdict #travel #traveler #seetheworld #travelgram #wanderlust #travelpic #mytraveljourney #instratravel #traveltheworld #nomadnesstribe #igtravel #wanderlust #solotravel #blackwanderlust
May 22, 2019, 6:16 pm
Our next Mill St. Market is only a few weeks away! We've expanded our hours (now operating from 4PM-10PM), and the number of vendors on-site! Enjoy food, drink, music and amazing vendors! Friday, June 7, 2019 along Mill St. W., in Uptown Leamington.

P.S. Dedicated volunteers still needed to keep our market a smash success!

#MillStMarket #Onthe42 #ExperienceLeamington
Our next Mill St. Market is only a few weeks away! We've expanded our hours (now operating from 4PM-10PM), and the number of vendors on-site! Enjoy food, drink, music and amazing vendors! Friday, June 7, 2019 along Mill St. W., in Uptown Leamington. P.S. Dedicated volunteers still needed to keep our market a smash success! #MillStMarket #Onthe42 #ExperienceLeamington
May 20, 2019, 1:17 am
Another angle on the infamous Point Pelee Wood Stork. It was so far from home, hanging out in Canada!! #pointpelee #pointpeleenationalpark #best_birds_of_world #woodstork #rarities #storks #birdsadored #portrait #birdnerd #birding

#Repost @marknenadov
Another angle on the infamous Point Pelee Wood Stork. It was so far from home, hanging out in Canada!! #pointpelee #pointpeleenationalpark #best_birds_of_world #woodstork #rarities #storks #birdsadored #portrait #birdnerd #birding #Repost @marknenadov
May 15, 2019, 12:43 am
Municipality of Leamington Logo
111 Erie St., N., Leamington, ON N8H 2Z9 | T. 519-326-5761 | F. 519-326-2481 | E. onthe42@leamington.ca | Municipality Website: www.leamington.ca

Another web creation by JAZ Marketing & Design

Top