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Leamington is the second largest municipality in the Windsor-Essex County area (after Windsor, Ontario), and has a population of 28,403. Known as the "Tomato Capital of Canada", with 4 km² of this crop in the vicinity. It also lays claim to being the "Sun Parlour" of Canada due to its southern location.

Leamington enjoys the second warmest climate in Canada, after the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.  Leamington lies on the 42nd Parallel, the same latitude as Chicago, Rome, the northern border of California, and Zaragoza. Leamington is situated on the north shore of Lake Erie and is home to Point Pelee National Park, a major site for migrating birds especially in the autumn. As such, it plays host to many birdwatchers from Canada, the United States and from all around the world. The region is also known for the migration of Monarch butterflies, which congregate in the fall at Point Pelee before making their way across Lake Erie on their route to winter quarters in central Mexico.

Leamington's attractions include bicycle paths and nearby Point Pelee National Park. Leamington also has a large and modern marina. The town's water tower, visible for miles in the flat southern Ontario landscape, is also in the shape and colour of a giant tomato. Celebrating its position as an agricultural powerhouse and its heritage as the H. J. Heinz Company's center for processing "red goods," the city hosts a "Tomato Festival" each August, as a kickoff of the tomato-harvesting season. Car shows, beauty pageants, parades, and a fair are featured at the festival.

Essex County Region and Essex South Shore fosters a lifestyle of friendship and harmony, personal enrichment and professional excellence.

Our southern Ontario location, bordered by Lake Erie and just north, Lake St. Clair, and the Detroit River, produces a temperate climate ideal for year-round recreational activities and a pleasant lifestyle. With only 212 people per square mile you can choose the city life, the suburbs, or a quaint country town, and relax on a short commute between the office and home. Enjoy safe, secure communities, a high standard of living and a Region focused on leading healthcare specialists and facilities. The area is overflowing with cultural events, festivals, world-renowned entertainment and thanks to our Detroit neighbours, major league sports action.

Discover ESHC and the South Shore of Essex region as an excellent lifestyle for your medical procractice!

Climate & Weather

Located in the far south of Ontario, close to the border and the American city of Detroit, the Windsor-Essex Region enjoys the warmest climate of any of Ontario's cities. The Windsor-Essex Region is actually located at the same latitude as northern California, and enjoys seven months of short-sleeve weather. The average temperature reaches above 50°F (10°C) 223 days of the year.

Recreation & Leisure

The Windsor-Essex Region is bustling with county fairs and festivals, botanical gardens and bird sanctuaries, internationally famous wineries, a comprehensive selection of ethnic and American restaurants, impressive collections and exhibits at the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Light Opera and world class performances at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts. For added excitement, there's harness racing and slots at Windsor Raceway, one of North America's premiere tracks, and the newly-expanded Caesars Windsor where one can enjoy live performances and 24-hour gambling.

On Land...

Within the Region there are over 3,000 acres of green space. Posh riverfront landscapes, formal and sunken gardens, a magnificent sculpture park, and the world-famous Peace Fountain in Coventry Gardens - perfect places for picnics, concerts and tranquil sunsets. Ojibway Prairie, a provincial park nature reserve in southwest Windsor, harbours many native prairie plants rare or absent in other parts of Ontario or Canada.

Safe and clean beaches, walking, cycling and rollerblade trails that wind scenically throughout, make the Region one of the most diverse and captivating places in the world. The Trans Canada Trail is also largely complete in the Windsor-Essex Region, allowing trail use from Tecumseh to Leamington; segments within Windsor are also completed, keeping scenic vistas in the Region intact for future generations to enjoy.

The Windsor-Essex Region is the most biologically diverse area in Canada. Residents and visitors alike can experience unique natural areas such as Point Pelee National Park, Hillman Marsh, Holiday Beach, the Chrysler Canada Greenway and 12 other conservation areas, as well as the world-renowned Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary. The Region boasts excellent birding both in spring and fall, attracting visitors from all around the globe.

On the Water...

The climate in the Windsor-Essex Region is one of the mildest in Canada. On the same latitude as northern California, mild temperatures average six months or longer. Freshwater Lakes (Erie and St. Clair) lure fishermen for walleye, muskie, yellow perch, and bass. A boater's paradise, there are over two dozen local marinas and 30,000 pleasure craft registered to local residents. A number of islands in the area are quickly reached for a perfect overnight escape and weekend relaxation.

For Sport...

Golfers will delight at the selection that awaits them from more than 35 area courses. A choice of exclusive and renowned country clubs, semi-private and public courses will challenge the best of handicaps.

Water sports (boating, fishing, water-skiing, jetskiing, swimming, etc.) are popular, and there are over 2,800 recreational marine berths in the Windsor-Essex Region (on the Canadian side alone). Scuba diving also takes place in the Region, particularly on Lake Erie which has a number of divable shipwrecks. Zebra mussels, which have entered the Great Lakes, have played a large role in radically improving the water quality and visibility for activities such as scuba diving.

Our children enjoy organized sport from grade school through university. The area is also known for a number of championship teams in baseball, football and lacrosse. The Windsor Spitfires are one of Canada's premier Junior A hockey teams.

For Entertainment...

The Windsor-Essex Region offers a wide variety of entertainment options including live entertainment and gaming at Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino, performing arts, festivals, museums and galleries. You can even see future stars of the NHL play hockey with the Windsor Spitfires Junior A team at the WFCU Centre.

The South Shore of Essex has internationally recognized award-winning wineries.

Essex Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) is a collection of several wineries in the Lake Erie North Shore/Pelee Island region of Essex County. The area offers a unique maritime climate that provides ideal conditions for vineyards, allowing our grapes to reach the peak of ripeness. The results are wines of exceptional character and luscious flavours. For details about any specific winery, visit our wineries page.


At the same latitude as the Mediterranean, the Lake Erie North Shore Region is nestled along Lake Erie. This location provides a unique maritime climate in a continental region, with exceptional soil conditions, and longer sun hours and greater heat units than any other area in Canada. In fact, geographically speaking, this region is located as far south as northern California and the Tuscany region of Italy, and further south than the renowned Bordeaux and Burgundy wine regions of France.

As a result, grape growers in the Lake Erie North Shore and Pelee Island Designated Viticultural Areas grow some of the world’s finest vinifera and French hybrid wine grapes. These varieties continually and reliably produce award-winning, world-class wines, including naturally produced ice wines.

Windsor-Essex Region Healthcare Facts

Our local healthcare facilities support a number of specialists and sub-specialists in every medical and surgical discipline

Two city and one county hospitals (ESHC) provide over 1,000 acute care beds

Along with the Regional Cancer Centre, these three hospitals have undergone over $200 million in capital improvements in recent years and continue to be updated with state of the art diagnostics, emergency care, critical care facilities and operating rooms

Twenty long-term care facilities currently service the area - construction will soon start on 300 additional long-term care beds which have been announced for the region

The Windsor-Essex Region is one of a very few communities in Ontario with family physicians who are accepting new patients - a focused recruitment initiative has brought more than 60 family physicians to the area in the last five years and this initiative continues to bring new practitioners at a rate significantly higher than our physician attrition

Four Ministry of Health-funded "Family Health Teams" offer comprehensive primary care to thousands of city and county residents - these teams provide local patients with access to family physicians, advanced-care nurses, dieticians, social workers and other allied health professionals

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has expanded its undergraduate medical program to the University of Windsor. As of September 2008, the complete undergraduate medical program offered entry to 24 first-year students. The program will expand by an additional 14 first-year student spaces in the fall of 2009.

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