Town of Essex

Stretching from the southernmost part of Ontario to the north shore of Lake Erie, the Town of Essex is a short trip away and uniquely positioned on the 42nd parallel, a circle of latitude shared with northern California and central Italy. When you’re here, you’re just about as far south in mainland Canada as you can go.

Featuring nine award-winning wineries, no trip to Essex would be complete without exploring County Road 50. Travel by car or rent a bike at Farm Dog Cycles for an unforgettable journey along this historic route.

Enjoy delicious eats at tasting bars and chef’s tables scattered along the shore before a stop in Colchester, one of Canada’s oldest settlements. At 225 years old, this lakeside community boasts a beautiful beach, Blue Flag-certified marina, and historic buildings in the heart of Ontario’s up-and-coming wine country. Cool down with a refreshing dip into Lake Erie, or get active on a paddleboard with Oxley Surf Co.

Forgo the road and hop on one of two multi-use recreation trails, which give riders the chance to explore the countryside at a leisurely pace. Pedal between urban centres to enjoy the best that Essex has to offer, including small-town charm and tons of specialty shops to choose from.

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