Located on the shore of Lake Erie, Leamington is a small town of 25,000 residents. Although early explorers visited the area, the first settler, Alex Wilkinson, did not arrive in Leamington until the mid 19 th century.
Featuring a large H. J. Heinz Company factory and vast tomato crops throughout the town, Leamington lays claim to being the "Tomato Capital of Canada." Proud of this distinction, the residents of Leamington encourage visitors to stop by the city’s information booth in the center of town, which is a large fiberglass tomato.
So well known is this tomato town that legendary folk-singer Stompin’ Tom Connors mentions Leamington in his famous tune "The Ketchup Song.”
But more than just tomato crops, Leamington is a virtual outdoor paradise where rare plants and species thrive. The fertile soil helps produce some of the most diverse range of crops in Canada.
Located near Point Pelee National Park, Leamington is also major site for migrating birds especially in spring. Naturalists come from all over the world to witness the impressive variety of birds and butterflies that make their way to this small town.
Conveniently located next to Lake Erie, Leamington also attracts visitors in search of summer time recreation. The local marina offers boat trips to Pelee Island, scuba diving charters, as well as fishing and windsurfing opportunities.