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A municipality is a governing body of a district or community that is established for local-self government. Essex County has 7 municipalities including Amherstburg, Essex, Kingsville, Lakeshore, Tecumseh and Leamington. The City of Windsor is governed as a separated municipality. Click below to learn about the different communities in Windsor-Essex County.

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Situated along the Detroit River approximately 32km southwest of Windsor, Amherstburg is one of the oldest towns in the province. Its unique century old buildings stand beside modern architectural structures, linking the past with the present, and offering visitors a blend of both worlds within its boundaries.

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At the same latitude as northern California, Essex is one of the most agriculturally productive counties in the country. Located on a peninsula that extends into the midwest United States, Essex is one of Canada's busiest entry points and tourist areas. For this reason, this area is commonly referred to as, "Sun Parlor of Canada" and the "Garden Gateway to Canada".

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The Town of Essex boasts a unique blend of rural and urban lifestyles. The town was established when the former Town of Essex, Township of Colchester North, Township of Colchester South and Town of Harrow united in 1999. This diverse community offers a variety of attractions for everyone.

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The Town of Kingsville is rich in history and Victorian era architecture. Primarily an agricultural community, Kingsvile is nestled along the north shore of Lake Erie. Due to its location as the southernmost town in Canada, this community enjoys an ideal growing season. In addition, Kingsville benefits from a diverse technologically-based agricultural economy, with natural and eco-tourism and opportunities for all ages.

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Lakeshore is a beautiful area with many fantastic recreational activities for both tourists and locals. The Marina, with its wealth of resources, provides many boating opportunities. Additionally, local restaurants offer a diverse menu including Chinese, Italian and Greek dining.


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The Town of LaSalle is located along the bank of the Detroit River on what is known as the "Nautical Mile" in Essex County. Approximately 50% of LaSalle's total land area of 6,500 hectares is urban in nature. The remaining land area is rural, consisting of cash-crop farming, rural residences and natural heritage features.

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Leamington is a municipality in Essex County, that has a population of about 27,000. In 2006, Leamington was named Canada's best place to live. It is located on the shore of Lake Erie and adjoins Point Pelee National Park, a major site for migrating birds. This migration is particularly prominent in the spring.

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Tecumseh is a town with a population of 25,000 that is located on Lake St. Clair, east of Windsor. Although Tecumseh is predominantly residential in nature, it is also home to some of the most innovative businesses in the tool and mould industry.


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Windsor, the southernmost city of Canada, is situated along the western shores of the heavily-populated Quebec City-Windsor Corridor. It lies across the Detroit River and Lake St Clair from Detroit, Michigan, to which Windsor is linked by bridges and tunnels.