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Kingsville is a town of about 21,500 people (2016) 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.


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.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

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

By boat[edit]

The MV Jiimaan. The largest passenger ferry along the Lake Erie route to Pelee Island, to the foot of Jackson St., Sandusky, Ohio. From Leamington, Kingsville Govt. Dock, and Pelee Island.

By plane[edit]

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

Get around[edit]


  • Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village, 6155 Arner Townline, County Road 23, +1 519-776-6909. W-Su 9AM-4PM. Classic, antique, and vintage vehi“”cles 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, penny farthings, and vehicles of all sorts. Heritage Village (May-Oct only) 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, ane uniforms, from the 1940s to the 1980s. Motorcycle museum. 1950s diner inside the main building.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kingsville Historical Park, 145 Division St S, +1 519 733-2803. M Tu Th-Sa 9AM-4PM. The 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.
  • Point Pelee National Park of Canada One of Canada's smallest national parks, attracts approximately 300,000 visitors each year.
  • 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.



  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beach House Grill, 70 Park St, +1 519-712-9335. Tu-Th Su 8AM - 8PM, F Sa 8AM - 9PM. Sandwiches, burgers, quesadillas, Italian, seafood, wraps, salads.




  • 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.
  • 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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