Leamington, a beautiful community of 28,833, is located 45 minutes from the Windsor/Detroit international border, and within a one-day’s drive of over 125 million people, almost half of North America’s population. It has been named the best place to live in Canada by MoneySense Magazine (2006). This unique community offers a thriving and modern urban environment surrounded by greenhouses and traditional agricultural crops, as well as enterprises associated with the automotive and manufacturing economies of the Region.
The Greenhouse Industry
The area’s rapidly growing greenhouse industry represents $1 billion in farm gate value. Over 60% of Ontario’s greenhouses can be found in the Leamington/Kingsville area. In fact, the area’s greenhouse acreage is larger than the entire U.S. greenhouse industry combined. The majority of crops grown are destined for markets in the United States. Principal crops include tomatoes, seedless cucumbers and peppers. Floriculture, including potted plants, bedding plants and roses is also an important part of Leamington’s greenhouse economy.
Known as the “Tomato Capital of Canada”, Leamington’s fertile soils support a variety of agricultural crops for fresh markets and processing. Leamington is also home to the largest concentration of greenhouses in North America. Cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and flowers make up the majority of the greenhouse crops with over 1,500 acres “under cover”.
Point Pelee National Park is at the doorstep of Leamington, and represents a fine example of unique flora and fauna not found elsewhere in Canada. Pelee Island is a short ferry ride away, and makes for a wonderful escape on a summer afternoon. The ideal climate fosters a profitable and rapidly expanding greenhouse and agricultural industry and affords Leamington the second longest growing season in all of Canada.
The Leamington area attracts an impressive migration of birds and butterflies, drawing the attention of naturalists from around the world. The countryside is home to some of North American’s most popular birding locations including Point Pelee National Park, Hillman Marsh, Kopegaron Woods and near-by Pelee Island. As the northern border of the Carolinian forest, the area supports over 700 plant species, some of which can not be found in any other part of Canada.
You’ll find great shopping everywhere in Leamington, whether it’s the personal appeal and uniqueness of the uptown, or the faster paced shopping of national chains, department stores and food franchises. Great products, friendly service and terrific value are Leamington’s merchants’ philosophy.