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Explore the Shore Gingerbread Trail

 Saturday, December 6  12-5 PM

County Road 50 thrives year-round – come explore the shore this holiday season. Our first-ever gingerbread trail! Come in from the cold, do some holiday shopping and vote for your favourite gingerbread house at participating businesses.

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Geocache the Shore

NEW for 2014 – Explore even MORE of the shore with our new geocache callenge!!

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world.

A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Geocaching shares many aspects oforienteering and treasure hunting

Some interesting facts:

Geocaching is the real-world treasure hunt that’s happening right now, all around you. There are 2,449,999 active geocaches and over 6 million geocachers worldwide

Presently there are 32 official sites along County Road 50 and there are more than 200 geocaches along the Chrysler Greenway

But for the Explore the Shore weekend there will be 3 new geocaches added  that will only be visible on Saturday and Sunday…and then they are gone.

To find them you will need:

  • a GPS or a smart phone with a geocache APP
  • Transportation…the 3 new caches are scattered somewhere along County Rd 50
  • the coordinates of the sites (latitude and longitude)

Explore the Shore – Geocache Locations

 N 42º1.986’, W 83º2.733’(Accuracy 10m)

Hint: Toronto has the raptors…it’s a game of course…but ours join the thousands of snowbirds that travel much farther south.

N 41º59.266’, W 55.989’(Accuracy 5m)

Hint: We love Lake Erie. Lots of activities…some you can see…others you can’t…unless you look really hard!

N 42º0.707’, W 82º46.851’(Accuracy 5 m)

Hint: Why don’t they call a spade a spade?! When I look at an island and everyone calls it an Island then it should be an island. But it’s not!  Wasn’t everyone taught the difference between islands and peninsulas?


Each site has a tattoo that you’re welcome to take as a keepsake when it is discovered. Also please sign the log sheet found in the container AND record the unique number found at the site.

From Saturday, July 26, to Monday, July 28, visit our website ( and record the numbers found at each cache. They will only be seen by you…… until Wednesday, when we will post them with your permission.

A road by any other name…

You know it as County Road 50, but your parents might have called it Old 18-A, or perhaps, the very formal “King’s Highway 18 A.”  Either way, Essex County Road 50 always has been, and remains the southernmost provincial highway ever to exist in Canada.


Indicated by the dark blue line in the map above from 1938-39, our road was provincially maintained from 1930 through until 1979 and is 25.8 km (16 miles long!) Some things never change!


2013 Explore the Shore Dates

Hello! After what seems like a very long winter, Spring is finally in the air, which means Summer must be around the corner. We are happy to announce the dates for this year’s event – July 27th & 28th. Last year’s 1812 Anniversary theme was a great success and there are already whispers of what this year’s will be. Stay tuned for more information. We look forward to seeing you again this year.

3rd Annual Explore the Shore, July 28 & 29, 2012

We are getting ready to welcome you to the 3rd annual Explore the Shore weekend along the scenic and historic County Road 50, on the north shore of Lake Erie, in the Town of Essex, just south of Harrow. Twenty-nine businesses, recreational facilities and community groups are participating on the weekend of July 28 and 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

We are excited to have 5 new participants this year: Farm Dogs Cycles with a bike rodeo, Ravine Cottages with tours of the Tin Can Tourists vintage trailers, historic Christ Church Colchester with tours and a delicious lunch, Communities in Bloom with their plans for a Peace Garden in Colchester, and a unique tour of the new North 42 Degrees Estate Winery. Our returning participants are planning a full slate of activities and local products, including the opening of Oxley Estate Winery, live entertainment, wine tastings, fresh produce, pioneer crafts and activities, vineyard and orchard tours, artwork, gift shops, hair studio and florals. We have expanded to 12 locations offering food specials, including ice cream cones, wood-fired pizza, BBQs and picnic lunches.

Learn more about County Road 50 in the 1812 era by exploring our 1812 Scavenger Hunt, trying a musket ball putting competition at Oxley Beach Golf Course, cruising on a Tall Ship at Colchester Harbour, buying Chief Tecumseh tee-shirts, and reading a new tour book by local authors on the history of County Road 50. Enjoy our beaches, conservation areas, and especially the free Clubhouse Kidz Zone at the Colchester Beach and Harbour (with games, crafts, treasure hunt, and sandcastle building contest).

Bring a canned good for the Harrow Food Bank, and support our other charity events chosen by each participant.

It’s Maple Syrup Season

John R Park Homestead (915 County Road 50, Harrow) re-opened yesterday, February 27th for the maple syrup season. They will be offering 5 weeks of heritage education programs and maple-themed tours.  Check out the Calendar of Events for March here:

While you’re there, why not pick up some locally-produced maple syrup from the gift shop to take home. I will be getting some for myself so I can try a slightly modified version of this recipe, Ontario Maple Apple Rings ( Do you have a favorite maple syrup-topped breakfast?

Windsor Square’s List of Top Wines from 2011

Three bottles of wine from Sprucewood Estate Winery - Explore the Shore 2011


Check out Windsor Square’s list of top wines from 2011. Three of our County Road 50 wineries made the cut joined by some other great Lake Erie North Shore neighbours. Congratulations Colchester Ridge Estate Winery, Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery and Erie Shore Vineyard!

2012 Explore the Shore

July will be here before you know it so be sure to mark the 28th and 29th down on your calendar! Planning is under-way and the participating businesses are being rounded up. We will be doing our best to keep you up-to-date on all the happenings around here on County Road 50 throughout the spring and summer so be sure to check back here often, like us on facebook, or follow us on twitter.