Welcome To Leamington
Leamington is an agricultural powerhouse that’s full of warmth, from its weather to its people. Only 40 minutes from Windsor and 50 from the U.S. border, the municipality boasts most of the services offered in Windsor, but adds in that all small town charm. From some of the most fertile land in Ontario to a beautiful waterfront setting on the north shore of Lake Erie, 30,000 residents call Leamington home.
Quality of Life
Leamington is the 2nd biggest urban area in the county, offering many of the same services as Windsor including a hospital. It’s known as the “Tomato Capital of Canada” because of the amount and quality of the tomatoes grown here. Heinz used to package its ketchup in Leamington, but when it shut down, Highbury-Canco took it over to keep the ketchup tradition alive. It now processes tomatoes for French’s.
The region’s climate is fantastic, as it sits on the same latitude as northern California. Expect mild winters and long, hot summers. The weather lends itself to outdoor activities with amazing parks, trails and waterfront activities to enjoy year round. Seacliff Park overlooks Lake Erie and is the crown jewel of the town with hectare upon hectare of green space, a splash pad shaped like a tomato and the popular Seacliff Beach.
Leamington is also home to a very special National Park, Point Pelee, where you can walk and touch the southernmost point in all of Canada. Along with a lush Carolinian forest, it’s also one of the best spots for birdwatching in the entire country, and in the fall, monarch butterflies.
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The infrastructure in Leamington is excellent with access to major roads and its own transit service. Leamington Transit operates one man route that runs through the town, along with a summer route that services the marina and waterfront area. It’s also the only other area besides Windsor with an in town hospital, Leamington Hospital.
Culture + Things to Do
Small but mighty, there are tonnes of things to do in Leamington. It’s home to a wide range of different nationalities who come together to make Leamington a cultural mosaic. There are many bars and restaurants with something to suit every palate. The buy local movement is alive and well in Leamington with a weekly farmers’ market.
For sports fans, the Leamington Flyers play in the Junior B Western Division of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. They play at the Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex, where families of all ages can find things to do. Skating, swimming, running and all other recreational events take part here, in what’s a central meeting place for many in the town.
What started as a quaint village in the 1800s has morphed into an area that’s in the middle of a new home building boom. Along with new construction, there are a number of very special heritage properties with prices you won’t find anywhere else in Southwestern Ontario.
Retirees will find many options in the area, and find they won’t have to travel to Windsor for essentials with major grocery chains in town along with numerous fruit and vegetable stands.
It’s also a popular area for cabins and cottages with many options on the water which would be up to quadruple the price elsewhere.
Being the second largest urban area outside of Windsor offers many employment opportunities for those who want to live in Leamington. The major employer is Highbury-Canco, which took over the Heinz plant when it shut down its Leamington operation. The greenhouse and agricultural industry is massive here with local, national and international growers. In fact, Leamington is home to the largest concentration of greenhouses on the continent. Another major employer is the Leamington Hospital.
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