Riverfront Trail – Windsor (Photo Credit: Goh Iromoto)
Essex County sits on the edge of the Great Lakes in the southern-most region of Canada. Its warm summer temperatures and mostly flat farmland make it an attractive destination for cyclists. Surrounded on three sides by water, Essex County has become one of the premier wine regions in Canada, due to the humid and long grape growing seasons.
Pelee Island is a popular tourist destination and its quiet back-country roads and excellent sightseeing are perfect for the recreational cyclist. Windsor was recognized in 2011 as a ‘Bicycle Friendly Community’.
With its proximity to Detroit and the United States, the area has always been a busy transportation corridor. Many of the original rail lines have been abandoned and are slowly being turned into multi-use recreation trails. One of these is the scenic 48km Chrysler Canada Greenway. Following the a variety of waterways the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail takes cyclists along the shorelines of Lake St Clair, the Detroit River and Lake Erie, connecting to a 1600km cross-provincial trail.
*Please note there are many additional map guides for the region that cyclists may find interesting or useful. New maps and guides are produced yearly, and the information listed here may change.
Thank you to our Windsor Essex Pelee Island Funding Partners & Workshop Hosts: