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Essex County is an adventurous playground for local tourism. Beyond Windsor, you’ll find 8 other thriving communities to visit and explore with a host of events, attractions, scenic spots and community amenities.

This issue features the picturesque town of LaSalle, a community which welcomes visitors with over 250 businesses, 40km of scenic trails and natural heritage areas, 100 acres of parkland, 3 golf courses and a variety of festivals and events throughout the year.

LaSalle is an historic area that was established by French settlers and officially identified as part of Upper Canada in 1792. In 1991 the township’s status was changed to that of Town and it has developed to support a growing population of over 30,000 residents.

If you enjoy nature hikes, biking, skateboarding or leisurely walks, you’ll find over 40 km of paved trails dotted with signs and maps to lead and inform you with interesting facts about the area. In 2018, a brand new .5 km paved trail with interpretive signs was introduced at Gilbert Park located at the end of International Avenue. The signs feature different topics and information on local butterflies, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, bird species, forest flora, pit and mound and the Carolinian Forest.

Boating and water sports enthusiasts will enjoy the waterfront at Gil Maure Park located at the corner of Front Road and Laurier Drive. A boat ramp and transient slips are available for watercrafts.  LaSalle also has three golf courses. Avid golfers can join Essex Golf and Country Club or play at Dominion Golf Course or Seven Lakes Golf Course both of which are open to the public. With over 30 parks and conservation areas to choose from, there is always a new adventure waiting for you. To help you learn more about these areas, the town’s website includes an interactive map of park trails and activities at www.activelivingmap.lasalle.ca.

In 2008, the town of LaSalle built the Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex. With over 248 acres of land, the facility and surrounding area boasts 28 soccer fields, 86 baseball diamonds, 2 picnic pavilions, an outdoor amphitheatre, splashpad, playground and skateboard park. Inside the complex there are 2 NHL size arenas, a pool with sauna and hot tub plus a fully equipped fitness centre.

The Town hosts many events including the annual LaSalle Strawberry Festival in Junewhich has delighted residents of Windsor & Essex County for over 30 years. The festival features beauty pageants, a parade, live sound stage, fireworks, a carnival and of course, a bounty of delicious, local strawberries.

Newly established, Lasalle Night Markets take place on the last Sunday of each month from May to August and offer vendors’ tents, children’s games, food trucks and musical entertainment.

Upcoming Events include:

LaSalle Remembrance Day Ceremony – November 11, 2019
Cenotaph Park (LaSalle Civic Centre), 5950 Malden Road
For info, call 519-969-7770

Pancake Breakfast with Santa and the Mayor & Holiday Gift Expo – December 7, 2019
Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex, 2121 Laurier Parkway
For info, call 519-969-7771

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration – December 31, 2019
Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex, 2121 Laurier Parkway
For info, call 519-969-7771

 And to help both residents and visitors get around, the Town partners with Transit Windsor to provide bus service from Monday to Saturday from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Riders can easily transfer to Transit Windsor routes including the South Windsor 7, Dougall 6 and Dominion 5 giving them access to St. Clair College, the University of Windsor, downtown Windsor and Devonshire Mall.

Learn more about this great community and all the things to see and do by visiting www.LaSalle.ca

 

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