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Kingsville is a town of about 22,000 people (2021) in Essex County, on the north shore of Lake Erie. The Town of Kingsville was reincorporated in 1999 to combine the former townships of Gosfield North and Gosfield South, the Village of Cottam, and the Hamlet of Ruthven with former Town of Kingsville.


Lake Erie

In addition to the primary settlement at Kingsville, the municipality also includes the smaller communities of Cedar Beach, Cedar Island, Cedarhurst Park, Cottam, Klondyke, Linden Beach, North Ridge, Olinda, Ruthven and Union. The community of Albuna is on the boundary between Kingsville and Leamington, and the communities of Arner and Elford are on the boundary between Kingsville and Essex.

Visitor information[edit]

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Kingsville is 40 km southeast of Windsor (Ontario) along Highway 3 and County Road 29.

By bus[edit]

LTW Transit connects Kingsville to Leamington and Windsor.

By boat[edit]

  • 1 Pelee Island Ferries (Kingsville Government Dock). Ferry service to Pelee Island and Sandusky, Ohio available from late August. From April until August, the ferry serves Leamington. The ferries do not serve Sandusky from mid-September to December, but still connect Pelee Island to Kingsville.

By plane[edit]

The nearest airport with scheduled flights is in Windsor. Detroit's airport is not far away.

Get around[edit]

Map of Kingsville (Ontario)


  • A total solar eclipse on Monday 8 April 2024 starts at 3:13PM local time and lasts almost two minutes. The chances of a clear sky are 30%. The track of totality is northeast from Mexico and Texas to Ohio, straddling the Canada–New England border through Lakes Erie and Ontario, then across Maine, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.
  • 1 Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village, 6155 Arner Townline, County Road 23, +1 519-776-6909. W-Su 9AM-4PM, Heritage village May-Oct. Classic, antique, and vintage vehicles from the 19th and 20th century, from horse drawn wagons to a 1992 Dodge Viper -- race cars, hot rods, cabriolets, open touring, early brass era, roadsters, convertibles, hard tops, pick up trucks, tractors, wagons, motorcycles, bicycles, pennyfarthings, and vehicles of all sorts. Heritage Village is a collection of over 20 heritage buildings from the early 1800s to the 1930s. Each building is displayed with authentic furniture, artifacts and historical items of the day. Emergency Medical Services Museum displays ambulances and other emergency medical vehicles, switch boards, equipment, sirens, lights, uniforms, from the 1940s to the 1980s. Motorcycle museum. 1950s diner inside the main building. $6.
Colasanti's Tropical Gardens
  • 2 Colasanti's Tropical Gardens, 1550 Road 3 E, +1 519-326-3287. Restaurant: 8AM-6PM. Zoo, mini golf, arcade, retail plants & home décor shop: M-Th 9AM-5PM, F-Su 9AM-6PM. Rides daily 10AM-5PM. The gardens have many varieties of tropical plants and animals. 15 temperature-controlled greenhouses.
  • 3 Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary, 360 Road 3 W (turn right at Wilkinson Road across from the old Leamington Arena), +1 519-733-4034. Museum & house mid-May to early Sep: Su–Th 10AM-5PM. Museum, turkey vultures, ducks, geese, various small birds and peacocks.
  • 4 Kingsville Historical Park, 145 Division St S, +1 519 733-2803. M Tu Th-Sa 9AM-4PM. The military museum holds collections regarding the United Empire Loyalists and artifacts and information on the people of Essex County and their involvement in the defence of their country in the Fenian Raids, Boer War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Cold War, peacekeeping, Bosnia, Afghanistan.


  • Kingsville Annual Migration Festival, various locations, +1 519-733-2305. 3rd weekend in October. Trivia night, parade, photography competition and sale, children's events, marketplace.
  • Cottam Horse Show and Tractor Pull Late September.
  • Ruthven Apple Festival, Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens. Last weekend in September. Country breakfast at 8AM. Apple Festival parade begins at 10:30am from the little hamlet in Ruthven (look for the signs) and leads into the festival grounds at Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens. Weekend-long musical entertainment, inflatables for children, the Apple Festival Car Show, over 100 craft and food vendors, and the farmers market filled with all the bounty of Essex County.
  • Fantasy of Lights Usually November 18-January 7.
  • 1 Point Pelee National Park. The visitor centre is open from mid April to late October. One of Canada's smallest national parks, attracts approximately 300,000 visitors each year. The tip is the southernmost point in mainland Canada. The free shuttlebus take you from the visitor centre to the tip every 15 minutes. $7.80.
  • Kingsville Folk Music Festival, Lakeside Park, 315 Queen Street, +1 519-982-7436. Second weekend of August. world-class folk, acoustic and world music, with an emphasis on Canadian artists One day $40, three days $95.
  • Kingsville Christmas House Tours, 31 Queen Street, +1 519-733-6250. On a weekend in late November, tour a number of beautiful homes and venues professionally decorated for Christmas, part of an annual fundraiser. The Christmas market is free to enter, featuring local artisans. $25.


  • Action Hobbies Kingsville, 197 Lansdowne Avenue, +1 519-733-2169. Model and hobby shop
  • Chiaroscuro, 11 Main St E, +1 226-347-6416. M-F 10AM – 5PM, Sa 11AM – 4PM. A fine art supply store and artists' showroom.
  • 1 Cindy's, 585 Seacliff Drive (East of Kingsville), +1 519 733-9425. M-F 9:30AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM. Olive oil tastings, ice cream and interior decoration


The Grove brewpub
  • 1 Mettawas Station Mediterranean Restaurant, 169 Lansdowne Ave, +1 519-733-2459. Su noon-8PM, Tu-Th 11:30AM-8PM, F 11:30AM-9PM, Sa noon-9PM. Italian and Mediterranean. Pastas $18-24, pizza $15-18, mains $28-36.
  • 2 Merlis' Eatery & Beverage House, 4 Main St W, +1 519-733-0110. M-Th 11AM-8PM, F Sa 11AM-9PM. Cafe with dinner options, vegan and vegetarian choices, local beer and wine.
  • 3 Beach House Grill, 70 Park Street, +1 519-712-9335. Tu-Th Su 8AM - 8PM, F Sa 8AM - 9PM. Sandwiches, burgers, quesadillas, Italian, seafood, wraps, salads. $15 mains.


  • 1 Jack’s Gastropub, 31 Division St S, +1 519-733-6900. M-Sa noon-9PM, Su noon-8PM. Serving their own Banded Goose Brewing Co. beer. $20 mains.



  • 1 The Grove Hotel, 12 Main Street East, +1 519 712-9087. Attached to the "hip and historic" Grove New Pub, it aims to be "the next chapter of awesomeness", whatever that means. From $160.
  • 2 Adams Goldens Acres Motel, 438 County Road 20, +1 519-733-6531, toll-free: +1-888-234-6018. Unironically retro. Refrigerators in all units. Non-smoking. Wireless Internet access in all units. Cable TV. From $80.

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Routes through Kingsville
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