Take in a stories past, accompanied by historic architecture, natural wildlife, a pristine shoreline, and beach overlooking Lake Erie.
- Pedal the flat terrain of the Cypher Systems Greenway
- Holiday Beach is your destination for a day at the beach, a beautiful picnic or a vacation getaway
- Cycle back in time to Fort Malden National Historic Site, situated in charming Amherstburg
Beginning in the town of Essex, the 22-kilometre Cypher Systems Greenway Trail allows you to cross the County to the historic town of Amherstburg, avoiding nearly all the traffic of the roadways. Formerly an abandoned rail line, this stretch of land is now a beautiful trail, intersecting the Chrysler Canada Greenway and Canada’s Great Trail in McGregor.
Once in the Town of Amherstburg, take your time and explore one of the prettiest and oldest communities in Southwestern Ontario. Stroll the award-winning public gardens, including King’s Navy Yard Park. Get a glimpse into our region’s history and discover the quaint streets lined with 200 year old buildings. Visit the sights of the Underground Railroad at the Amherstburg Freedom Museum, or discover our links to the War of 1812 at the National Historic Site of Fort Malden.
Pack a picnic and head to Holiday Beach. This sandy stretch along the Lake Erie shoreline boasts a boardwalk, nature trails, a three-story observation tower, and incredible birding. This is also the start of EPIC (Essex Pelee Island Coast) Wine Country. Be sure to stop for a tasting along your way to Colchester Beach, one of Essex County’s most attractive beaches. As part of Colchester Harbour, the beach is adjacent to a playground, splash pad, washroom facilities and a concession stand.