Though Leamington has long been known as the Tomato Capital of Canada, the community�s abundant Ag landscape has evolved to #morethanjusttomatoes. While not forgetting its tomato legacy as home of the giant tomato Visitor Centre and a water tower decorated with the delicious fruit, Leamington has a number of farm and greenhouse-grown fruits and vegetables. Leamington is home to the largest number of greenhouses per capita in North America.
They’re so much more than just tomatoes and greenhouses though! Leamington is home to one of the most beautiful national parks in Canada, it’s also right next door to Essex County Wine Country. Wine, tomatoes and epic scenery? See you there.
1. Definitely take a moment and visit Gilligan�s. Not only have they been rated a Top 15 Burger in Ontario two years running, it�s an institution in Essex County. It�s a great spot to sample the region�s famous tomatoes too!
2. Explore Point Pelee National Park. This Carolinian forest oasis is lush with migrating song birds and other marsh-loving critters. It’s home to a network of boardwalks and walkways that navigate the marsh lands. You can hike it or for the best views, paddle your way around.
3. Get your Lake Erie caught fish fix with a Yellow Perch Cone & Fries from Birdie�s Perch double decker bus. It’s right off the 33, nest to Mersea Park. This big red double decker bus has been converted into a classic fish & chip truck. People come from miles around to tuck into tacos, crispy fries and of course — that world famous perch!
4. For those spending the night — and not looking camp (you should camp!) in one of the parks — we suggest resting your head at the Seacliffe Inn. This 100 year old offers classic “seaside” style rooms and the on-site eatery makes a mean fish chowder.
5. In the fall, we would make time to stop in at Thiessen Orchards. We stroll the grounds, pick some apples, eat a sausage on a bun in the sunshine. It’s quintessential Ontario.
If you’re visiting in August (Hello Tomato Season!), make sure to flag The Sip & Savour Experience in your calendar. Every third weekend in August, the area celebrates everything local and edible.
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