Town of LaSalle - Ontario, Canada
N 42° 11.284 W 083° 05.522
17T E 327250 N 4672775
Quick Description: Town of LaSalle Pop: 27,852
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 7/28/2010 9:34:54 PM
Waymark Code: WM9BY8
This sign is located at Front Road (Rd 20) just north of Malden Rd(rd 3).
LaSalle is a town in Essex County, Ontario. It is located on the Detroit River, south of the City of Windsor. 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. Now considered to be a bedroom community of Windsor, LaSalle is often cited as an example of urban sprawl where tracts of Canada's most valuable agricultural land have been developed. It is a part of the Windsor Census Metropolitan Area 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.
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.
LaSalle also has its own small but growing bicycle trail network, named the "LaSalle Trail", which links up to neighbouring Windsor, Ontario's own "Windsor Trail" network, allowing people to ride from Sandwich Secondary School all the way to Windsor's Riverfront Trail. The town has also expressed interest and intentions to connect LaSalle (and indirectly, Windsor) to the Chrysler Canada Greenway by wanting to construct a link to the Trans-Canada Trail near Oldcastle, Ontario.