Welcome To Essex

Safe, healthy and liveable – the three main attributes about this community located smack dab in the middle of Essex County. Essex is a 30 minute drive from Windsor/Detroit and consists of 4 communities: Essex Centre, Harrow, Colchester and McGregor. It’s a place where you’ll be able to live the country lifestyle without missing any urban advantage. An added bonus? Essex boasts one of the most affordable housing markets in the country.

Quality of Life

The town of Essex is surrounded by rich agricultural land, in which farmers grows food for a large portion of the country. The fertile land naturally lends itself to grape growing and wine production with the appellation of Lake Erie North Shore becoming extremely popular and important in the wine world. Essex has the most wineries than any other community in the county, and it shares the same latitude as Northern California and the French Riviera.

For a small community of almost 20,000, civic pride abounds. The town has consistently been awarded the 5 Bloom rating in a national competition by Communities in Bloom. The city is very art friendly with numerous murals painted to depict the history of the area.

One of the best reasons to call Essex home: safety. Statistics Canada lists it as 13th out of over 300 communities in terms of safety, making it one of the most secure places to live in all of Canada.

Culture + Things to Do

Settlement in Essex dates back to the 1700s. Today, this small but thriving community is the perfect place to raise a family. You can take a walk back in history at John R. Park Homestead which details what life was like in 1842.

For lovers of water sports, there are incredible recreation opportunities right on Lake Erie. In Colchester, families can enjoy a beautiful beach and spend the day swimming while boaters can also dock at Colchester Harbour. The climate in the whole of Essex County is fantastic, as it it’s the most southern point in Canada. Summers are hot and the winters are some of the mildest in the country.

For sports fans, Essex is also home of the Essex 73s, the most successful Junior C hockey team in Ontario.
There are many events for people of all ages including:

  • Maple Syrup Festival
  • Fly a Kite Day
  • Colchester Walleye Fishing Derby
  • McGregor Music Festival
  • Essex Fun Fest
  • Explore the Shore
  • Essex County Steam and Gas Engine Show
  • Harrow Fair
  • McGregor Mug Run and International Beer Fest
  • Harvest and Horses Festival
  • Essex Train Show

Real Estate

Exceptional value awaits you in Essex, whether you are buying a residence, land or a commercial property. If you want a slower pace of life with all the amenities of a bigger city in Windsor, you may want to consider this part of the county. The biggest plus - you can get the most bang for your buck here in Essex. It’s one of the most affordable places to live in the country, especially if you’re looking for large lots or industrial opportunities.


On the town of Essex website, it promotes the city as an excellent place to do business with the 4 communities offering many development opportunities in a friendly, small town environment. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to explore the town for potential business opportunities, with the average household income of Essex residents of $85,000.

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