Chrysler Canada Greenway

The Chrysler Canada Greenway is a 42 km-long rail trail in Essex County, Ontario, Canada, stretching from Oldcastle (near Windsor) to Leamington.

Coordinates: 42°14′52″N 82°57′03″W / 42.247835°N 82.950897°W

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Chrysler Canada Greenway
Length42 km (26 mi)
TrailheadsHighway 3 (Northern Terminus, but continues 2 km to N. Talbot Road)
Colasanti's Tropical Gardens

History

The trail dates back to the late 1980s, when CSX Transportation operated a line, formerly the Canadian branch of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway from Hiram Walkers distillery in Windsor, Ontario south and east to Leamington, Ontario. This branch line was built by Hiram Walker in 1882, and extended all the way to Kingsville, and later Leamington in 1889.

A portion of the rail line from Windsor to Blenheim was abandoned in 1989, and the rail line was donated to the Essex Region Conservation Authority in 1993, and Chrysler Canada gave a considerable donation to ERCA to convert the rail line to a bike trail. Work was finished on the trail by 1997, and it opened that year to use. The remainder of the rail line would also be abandoned, and its tracks removed to where they branch from the mainline between Highgate and Muirkirk.

By the year 2001, CN Rail took note of the popularity of the Chrysler Canada Greenway that they donated an additional 26-km spur line from Amherstburg, Ontario to Essex, Ontario, a portion of the rail line operated by the Canada Southern Railway, which was abolished in 1977. (The rails for this spur, and the spur leading from Comber to Leamington were removed in 1995, eliminating three at-grade railroad crossings on Highway 3). ERCA has stated they intend on converting the new trail from Amhurstburg to Essex as soon as funds become available, and stated this is part of their goal of improving the environment of Essex County, and for linking the communities in Essex County together via trails. There has been no word on if the Leamington-Comber rail corridor will be converted to a trail. ERCA, Ontario Parks and Parks Canada have stated interest on turning the entire abandoned rail corridor from Ruthven to St. Thomas into an extended Chrysler Canada Greenway, linking up with trails in Delhi and Simcoe, providing a single long trail corridor from Windsor to London and Kitchener, and even to Hamilton and Toronto (via the Waterfront Trail). It is currently unknown if Leamington intends on converting its abandoned rail corridors to trails.

LaSalle, Ontario has also expressed its interest and intentions to link the Windsor Trail and its own LaSalle Trail network to the Chrysler Canada Greenway.

How to travel

The Greenway allows several different modes of transportation: cycling, walking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.

Alignment

The trail starts at the junction with Kings Highway 3, but has signs to cross at the nearby Walker Road due to the dangerously high levels of traffic. The trail also has an unofficial "extension" which continues 2 km straight to its terminus with North Talbot Road. The Greenway also has five "Community Entrances", three of which (Harrow, Kingsville, and Ruthven) are of "service center" standards.

The Greenway is currently all gravel, and it is unknown if there are any plans to pave it in the near future.

Note: Not all exits are initially listed. more will be added as information is received.

Municipality Road/Intersection kilometer post Destinations Notes
Windsor, Ontario North Talbot Road 2 km Ciociaro Club, AKO Camp Windsor, Ontario
Tecumseh, Ontario Kings Highway 3 0 km Oldcastle, Ontario Official Starting Point. Cross at Walker Road, 0.5 km west. Path continues for 2.0 km to North Talbot Road. Community Entrance.
Tecumseh, Ontario South Talbot Road 2 km Essex, Ontario
Essex, Ontario Townline Road (Essex County Road 8) 4.9 km River Canard, Ontario, Essex
Essex, Ontario 14th Concession Road 6 km
Essex, Ontario 13th Concession Road 7 km
Essex, Ontario 12th Concession Road 8 km
Essex, Ontario 11th Concession Road 9 km McGregor, Ontario
Essex, Ontario North Malden Road 9.5 km
Essex, Ontario Essex County Road 12 12 km
Essex, Ontario South Malden Road 13.5 km
Essex, Ontario Essex County Road 18 15 km
Essex, Ontario Walker Road (Essex County Road 15) 18.5 km
Harrow, Ontario Essex County Road 20 21 km
Arner, Ontario Arner Townline (Essex County Road 23) 28 km Pleasant Valley Campground, Kingsville Golf and Country Club Schwabb Farms Community Entrance. Restored and rehabilitated Grain elevator, service center, park and ride.
Kingsville, Ontario Chrysler Canada Greenway 30 km Pleasant Valley Campground, Kingsville Golf and Country Club 1.5-km bypass around Kingsville Golf and Country Club. Somewhat narrower than the rest of the Greenway.
Kingsville, Ontario Chrysler Canada Greenway 31.5 km 1.5-km bypass around Kingsville Golf and Country Club. Somewhat narrower than the rest of the Greenway.
Kingsville, Ontario Kingsville Train Station and Museum 36 km Kingsville, Ontario, Pelee Island (via ferry) Kingsville Train Station, a former train station and museum, has been leased to a restaurant operator since 2008 and provides a rest stop along the Greenway in the town of Kingsville. Situated in downtown Kingsville.
Ruthven, Ontario Graham Sideroad 40 km Intersection with Ruthven Spur of trail Ruthven, Ontario, Colasanti's Tropical Gardens. Trail splits into two paths: Ruthven-bound, and Colasanti-bound. Both are less than 2 km in length.
Ruthven, Ontario Colasanti's Tropical Gardens 42 km End of Trail.
Ruthven, Ontario Talbot Road (Essex County Road 34) 42 km Talbot Road (Essex County Road 34), Leamington, Ontario End of Trail.

Extensions

Extensions of the trail are planned.

The Municipality of Leamington, Ontario has expressed great interest in converting their abandoned rail lines east of Talbot Road (CR 34) into an extension of the Chrysler Canada Greenway. Currently, bikes and farm tractors have to use dedicated bike lanes along the very-busy Talbot Road, and this is dangerous, due to the high speed limit, trucks, hills, and curves. Currently, the parts east of CR 34 are navigable by bike or foot, but it is not recommended, as the brush is quite thick and it may still be private property.

The nearly all of the right-of-way along the former CN Rail CASO Subdivision from Leamington to a point just east of Ridgetown (via Wheatley, Merlin, and Blenheim) is intact, and able to be converted into a rail trail, and is either in the process of becoming one, or is in the planning stages.

ERCA has expressed its intentions on linking Amherstburg, McGregor, and Essex to the trail network via a 28-km long trail, with an intersection somewhere near McGregor, Ontario. This is already easily done, as ERCA owns the right of way, and a 1-km spur route leads into McGregor from the Greenway.

Aside from money, the insane traffic amounts on Highway 3 (which was scheduled to be twinned starting 2007) would pose a significant obstacle, unless the trail was routed along either an overpass/underpass, or through an intersection/Interchange, such as with Townline Road (County Road 8).

The City of Windsor has also expressed its intentions on linking its bike trail network to the Chrysler Canada Greenway. The most-likely candidate for this would be the Devonwood Bike Trail, which is the farthest-south reaching trail (the closest, with just 3.5 km separating the two), and already connects to an ERCA conservation area (Devonwood Conservation Area).

See also

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Canadian Club

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Coat of arms of Windsor, Ontario

The coat of arms of Windsor, Ontario, is a coat of arms that symbolizes the city's past, present, and its culture. The two lions represent royalty and allegiance to The Crown; the deer represents the richness in wildlife in the area. The automobile wheel represents the city's automobile industry. Roses represent the city's warm climate and numerous parks, as well as its nickname "City of Roses". The shield shows the fleur-de-lis, for its French Canadian population, with the Detroit River along the bottom. The ribbon along the bottom is the city's motto: "The River and the Land Sustain Us".

Cypher Systems Group Greenway

The Cypher Systems Group Greenway (formerly Amherstburg–Essex Greenway) is a 23.9-kilometre (14.9 mi) rail trail along a former CN Rail spur line in the town of Essex, Ontario, Canada. As of May 2013, the trail extends from Sadler's Park in Essex towards Amherstburg. CN Rail had donated this spur line in 1997, following the donation of its other subdivision, which is now the Chrysler Canada Greenway, in 1993, to ERCA, which manages the trail. The total distance of the former rail line is 28 kilometres (17 mi), and extends via McGregor to Amherstburg. ERCA has stated they intended on linking to the Chrysler Canada Greenway and Amherstburg when funds become available, which was finally realized in the summer of 2017.

Devonshire Mall

Devonshire Mall is a shopping mall in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. It was built in 1970 at the location of the former Devonshire Raceway, a horse racing track, that had existed since 1935. The mall has been expanded several times since its opening, in 1981, 1996, 2002, and 2008. At over 175 stores, it is by far the largest mall in Windsor.

Devonshire Mall was sold by Ivanhoé Cambridge in 2015 to the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, and is currently operated by Cushman & Wakefield.

Essex Region Conservation Authority

The Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) is a non-profit organization responsible for parks, wetlands, and waterways (creeks, rivers, bays, etc.) in most of Essex County and its boundaries.

ERCA was established in 1973 to manage the natural resources of the Essex Region in partnership with its member municipalities and the Province of Ontario. The organization's nine member municipalities include the City of Windsor, County of Essex and the Township of Pelee Island.

ERCA maintains the following 19 parks and recreation areas:

Andrew Murray O'Neill Memorial Woods (woods and trail along former Leamington-Comber rail line)

Amherstburg-Essex Greenway

Hillman Marsh Conservation Area

Holiday Beach Conservation Area

John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area

Chrysler Canada Greenway

Stone Road Alvar (Pelee, Ontario)

Cedar Creek Conservation Area

Cedar Beach Conservation Area

Kopegaron Woods Conservation Area

Devonwood Conservation Area

Maidstone Conservation Area

McAuliffe Woods Conservation Area

Ruscom Shores Conservation Area

Tremblay Beach Conservation Area

Big Creek Conservation Area

White Sands Conservation Area

Crystal Bay Conservation Area

River Canard Canard Valley Conservation Area

Kingsville Train Station

Essex Terminal Railway

Essex Terminal Railway (reporting mark ETL) is a Canadian shortline terminal railroad, running from the City of Windsor, Ontario through La Salle, to the Town of Amherstburg, Ontario, for a distance of approximately 21 miles (34 km). The ETR has direct connections to Canadian Pacific Railway, and Canadian National Railway. The railway is owned by Essex Morterm Holdings.

Flag of Windsor, Ontario

The flag of Windsor, Ontario, was designed by an unknown citizen during a local contest in 1971. The blue and white represent the Detroit River and Saint Lawrence Seaway, respectively. The flag contains the seal of the city in the upper left and a rose in the lower right, highlighting Windsor's alternate motto, "The Rose City"/"City of Roses." The city seal was replaced in 1992 by a corporate seal. The date of 1854 on the seal signifies the final date in which the railroad to Windsor was completely built and the city was formed by the amalgamation of several other settlements. It is also the date that it was founded as a town.

Harrow, Ontario

Harrow is a community located in the town of Essex, Essex County, Ontario, Canada.

LaSalle, Ontario

LaSalle is a town in Essex County, Ontario, Canada. It is a bedroom community of the City of Windsor and part of the Windsor Census Metropolitan Area, and is located south of that city. LaSalle, along with Windsor, is the oldest French settlement area in Southwestern Ontario, and the oldest continually inhabited European settlement in Canada west of the Quebec border. The town was named for explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle and includes Fighting Island, in the Detroit River at its western side, an island that is privately owned by the world's largest chemical company, BASF.

One of LaSalle's biggest events is the annual Strawberry Festival which takes place on the first weekend in June. The annual LaSalle Craft Beer Festival, put on by the Corporation of the Town of LaSalle, is another popular annual event that features a number of different types of beer, from popular brands to smaller microbreweries.In LaSalle, most teenagers attend either Sandwich Secondary School or St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic Secondary School. The attendance to both is relatively close in numbers. The primary schools include Sacred Heart Elementary School, Prince Andrew Public School, LaSalle Public School, Sandwich West Public School, School Monseigneur Augustin Caron, and Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School.

LaSalle also has its own small but growing bicycle trail network, the "LaSalle Trail", which links up to neighbouring Windsor's "Windsor Trail" network, allowing people to ride from Sandwich Secondary School all the way to Windsor's Riverfront Trail. The town has expressed interest and intentions to connect LaSalle (and indirectly, Windsor) to the Chrysler Canada Greenway by constructing a link to the Trans Canada Trail near Oldcastle.

The town also features the Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex, home to the Lasalle Vipers, of the GOJHL and the Lasalle Sabres, of the OMHA. It is also home to the Lasalle Stompers, of the Ontario Soccer Association. The complex has multiple rooms for hosting of events, 2 arenas, an Olympic-sized pool and slide, outdoor skate park, soccer fields, and baseball diamonds.

List of roads in Windsor, Ontario

The road network in Windsor, Ontario is a grid system with elongated blocks, generally aligned with the Detroit River, with East-West roads running parallel to it, and North-South streets running perpendicular (90 Degrees) to it. This is an adoption from when French Canadian settlers first built farms and streets in the area. Many streets have French names in result, such as Lauzon Parkway, Marentette Avenue (a quiet residential street), Ouellette Avenue (considered by many Windsorites to be its "Main Street"), and Pelissier Street. The current street system of Windsor (grid with elongated blocks) reflects the French method of agricultural land division where the farms were long and narrow, fronting along the river (this originates from French methods of tax collection, with more taxes being paid by property owners with waterfront properties, thus why riverfront lots were usually narrow).

Oldcastle, Ontario

Oldcastle is a small unincorporated community of about 300-700 inhabitants located south of Windsor, Ontario Canada in the town of Tecumseh, Ontario. Roughly, the boundaries are as follows: North- Highway 3, East- the Chrysler Canada Greenway trail, South- County Rd. 8(Townline), West- Howard Ave. It is the starting point of the Chrysler Canada Greenway which is built on an old railway. Almost directly in the middle of the area, is an inter-section that experiences numerous vehicular accidents per year. Its western half is composed primarily of industries and businesses, while the remainder is farmland with some homes.

Parks in Windsor, Ontario

Windsor's Department of Parks and Recreation maintains 3,000 acres (12 km2) of green space, 180 parks, 40 miles (64 km) of trails, 22 miles (35 km) of sidewalk, 60 parking lots, vacant lands, natural areas and forest cover within the City of Windsor, as well as the Bike Trails, Bike Lanes, and Bike-Friendly Streets.

There are 43 individual reserves in Windsor larger than 10 acres (40,000 m2) in size. Seven of these reserves are larger than 100 acres (0.40 km2): Little River Corridor, Malden Park, the Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve, Ojibway Park, Spring Garden Prairie, the Roseland Golf and Curling Club and Black Oak Park. Eighteen reserves are larger than 25 and smaller than 100 acres (0.40 km2), including Mic Mac Park, Little River Golf Club, Peche Island, Wilson Park, and the Ford Test Track. A further eighteen reserves are larger than 10 and smaller than 25 acres (100,000 m2).

Riverfront Bike Trail

The Roy A. Battagello River Walk Bike Trail is the current backbone of the "Windsor Loop" bike trail network in Windsor, Ontario. The bike trail travels from the foot of the Ambassador Bridge (at Peter Street and Huron Church Road), to traffic lights at Riverside Drive and Lincoln Avenue (continuing as bike lanes to George Avenue and Wyandotte Street, for a total distance of 8.0 km (5.0 mi)). This makes the trail the second-longest trail in the City of Windsor (the longest being the mostly-unpaved West Windsor Recreationway), at 8.0 km.

The trail travels through Windsor's downtown, and many of its parks, such as Dieppe Gardens. Many cities across North America (such as Detroit, Michigan, Toledo, Ohio, Toronto, Ontario, New York City, New York, and San Francisco, California) have expressed interest in similar riverfront parkland and bike trails, and many (such as Detroit) have already started construction on their own parks and trails. Throughout its history, the trail was repeatedly widened and upgraded, and even is paved with the original asphalt and cement used on the Ambassador Bridge. The trail has a posted speed limit of 20 km/h.

Riverfront Festival Plaza

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It has over 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) of festival space. It has hosted many events including Festival Epicure, Bluesfest International Windsor, Beaverfest, Windsor Pride and Windsor Ribfest.

In 2011, the city began renovations to feature a $3.6 million stage complex festival size facilities and improved grounds.

St. Clair College

St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology is a college in the Southwestern Ontario counties of Essex and Chatham-Kent.

It is ranked as one of top colleges to go to in Ontario in 2014.

Windsor-Essex Pride

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The event was first held in 1992. Most festival events take place at the downtown Riverfront Festival Plaza, with the concluding parade taking place on Ouellette Avenue between Elliott Street and Riverside Drive.Windsor-Essex Pride Fest also organizes other LGBT community events throughout the year, as well as participating in tourism marketing projects including the publication of an LGBT tourism guide to Windsor and Essex County in 2012. The organization received a $210,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2012 to expand its programming.

Windsor City Council

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The council consists of the mayor plus ten elected city councillors (one per ward) representing the city as a whole.

Windsor City Hall

The Windsor City Hall is currently home to the Windsor City Council and office of the mayor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The Windsor City Hall consists of 2 buildings both situated in the Windsor's City Hall Square. The main city hall building is located on 350 City Hall Square West, where it was formerly Central Public School prior to construction in 1955.

Windsor International Airport

Windsor International Airport, (IATA: YQG, ICAO: CYQG), is located in the southeast portion of the city of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The airport serves a mixture of scheduled airline flights and general aviation, and is a popular point of entry into Canada for private and business aircraft. The airspace above the airport is exceptionally busy because of the proximity to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, and Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) arrivals and departures are handled by Detroit approach control.

The airport is classified as an airport of entry by Nav Canada and is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). CBSA officers at this airport can handle aircraft up to 325 passengers. However, it can handle up to 450 if the aircraft is unloaded in stages.

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