Stretching from the centre of Essex county to the North shore of Lake Erie, the Town of Essex is uniquely positioned along the 42nd parallel, the same latitude as Northern California and Rome, Italy.  With no shortage of events to enjoy, trails to explore and sights to see, charming Essex is where foodies and wine lovers unite.


Grab a modern twist on a county breakfast at Garfield’s to kick-start your EPIC Wine Route experience along County Rd 50. Spend the afternoon sampling wines and learning the language of lavender with chef-inspired menus from North 42 Winery and Serenity Lavender Farm. Enjoy wood-fired pizzas on the patio at Muscedere Vineyards or dine by the outdoor fireplace at Oxley Estate Winery.


Colchester Harbour is a busy fishing and boating location. Spend the afternoon playing volleyball at its beautifully groomed Colchester Beach, walk the plank at the pirate ship playground, or cool off at the splash pad. Late summer, be sure to hit the midway at the Annual Harrow Fair. Enjoy a weekend of rides, local eats, live entertainment and many other county traditions. Use Colchester Beach to start your cycling adventure along beautiful County Road 50, or enjoy a leisurely ride on one of two Greenways connecting the Town’s urban centres.


Essex is fortunate to have two distinct urban areas with many friendly faces to greet you. Vibrant downtown cores in Essex and Harrow Centres offer a world of opportunity for shoppers and entrepreneurs.