DescriptionFrench voyageurs and missionaries visited this area in the 17th century, but the first settler, Alex Wilkinson, did not arrive until the mid-19th century. The new settlement had three different names—Wilkinson Corners, Gainsborough and, finally, Leamington, for prominent townsman William Gaines' hometown in England. Although Gaines shaped the town's early fortunes, the H.J. Heinz Co. left a greater impression when it built a factory in 1907.
Many consider Leamington the tomato capital of Canada and have enshrined this fact in the local information booth, 76 Talbot St. W., which resembles an immense tomato.
For butterfly- and bird-watchers and outdoor enthusiasts, nearby Point Pelee National Park provides opportunities for observing migrating birds, butterflies and wildfowl. A large number of shipwrecks can be found in the Pelee Passage, and scuba diving charters are available. A marina accommodates those with their own boats. Other recreational options include fishing and windsurfing.
Visitor InfoLeamington and District Chamber of Commerce 318 Erie St. S. LEAMINGTON, ON N8H 3C5. Phone:(519)326-2721 or (800)250-3336
Things to SeeColasanti's Tropical Gardens and Petting Farm