Kingsville is at the Centre of the north shore of Lake Erie located in Essex County in southwestern Ontario, Canada, and is Canada’s southernmost municipality with town status. The town had a population of 21,362 in the Canada 2011 Census, up from 20,908 in the Canada 2006 Census. Kingsville was incorporated as a town in 1901. Kingsville is west of the Municipality of Leamington, south of the Town of Lakeshore and southeast of the Town of Essex and north of Lake Erie.
Kingsville is a quaint town famous for its friendly people. Originally known as Kingsville-on-the-Lake, it is located on the north shore of Lake Erie in the County of Essex, Ontario, Canada, directly across Lake Erie from Pelee Island, the most southern land mass in Canada. With a mild climate, modern amenities and plenty to do and see, Kingsville has a long history of drawing people to the area to enjoy the quality of life available here.
Positioned between the municipalities of Essex and Leamington, Kingsville is centrally located in a region that is bursting with activities and events. This information guide is full of information and events about one of the great spots to live and visit. Choose an area of interest, from eco-tourism, waterfront activities, birding, shopping, dining out, biking and hiking, golfing, shopping, heritage, hunting, wineries, etc..
The geography of Kingsville is typical of most of Essex County. The terrain is generally flat, and consists of glacial drift which is a mixture of various rocks, sand and clay. The town is approximately 570 feet above sea level.
In addition to the primary settlement at Kingsville, the municipality also includes the smaller communities of Cedar Beach, Cedar Island, Cedarhurst Park, Cottam, Klondyke, Linden Beach, North Ridge, Olinda, Ruthven and Union. The community of Albuna is located on the boundary between Kingsville and Leamington, and the communities of Arner and Elford are located on the boundary between Kingsville and Essex.
Kingsville is home to the Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary. Jack Miner was awarded The Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his achievements in conservation in the British Empire. It was awarded June 23, 1943, by King George VI, as King of Canada. Jack Miner is considered “the father of the conservation movement on the continent”.
Kingsville is home to Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens which attracts people from all over Ontario. The gardens have many varieties of tropical plants and animals.
Kingsville is the home town of the Great Lakes Jr. C team Kingsville Comets. The town was among the top 5 places in Canada chosen for CBC’s Kraft Hockeyville 2008, and finished in 2nd place in the competition with over 1.5 million votes. Team Canada women’s ice hockey player Meghan Agosta is from the Ruthven community in Kingsville. Agosta scored a hat trick on her birthday during the 2006 Winter Olympic games in Turin Italy. Former major league baseball pitcher, Paul Quantrill, although born in London Ontario, grew up in Kingsville.
On March 8, 2012, the Windsor Star reported that Westlake, Ohio (a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio), and Kingsville were considering twinning with each other, due to their proximity (separated by Lake Erie), cultural connections (Jack Miner set up his bird sanctuary in Kingsville, but was born in Westlake), and similar sizes and economic status. On October 20, 2012, Kingsville and Westlake executed a Sister City Alliance and are now officially twinned.