LaSalle is a healthy, vibrant and caring community that values its unique heritage, shoreline, open spaces, safe residential neighbourhoods and vibrant business districts. LaSalle offers a high quality of services and amenities to both residents and businesses. LaSalle is an inviting community for persons of all ages and abilities with paved trails, town-owned Carolinian Forests, tall grass prairies and wetlands that bring nature close to home. Located in the northwest part of the county, LaSalle has a population of 30,180 (2016 Census), and is one of the larger communities in the region. LaSalle’s location provides convenient access to and from major employment centres in Southern Ontario, Southeastern Michigan and Northern Ohio.
The Town of LaSalle is located on the banks of the Detroit Heritage River, which today is the home to a number of marinas. Named after the French explorer, Rene-Robert Cavelier de la Salle, French settlers first established roots in the area in the mid 1700s. A mission was established in the Town of Sandwich, resulting in people settling in the Turkey Creek area. LaSalle's history and that of Essex County were very much entwined when they were officially identified as part of Upper Canada in 1792. In 1991, residents of LaSalle opted to define themselves as a town, and in 2016, celebrated 25 years.
In a Region of Ontario with less than 4% tree cover for the entire county, the Town of LaSalle is fortunate to still have a significant amount of land area consisting of Carolinian forests, provincially significant wetlands, and tall grass prairie communities. Approximately 50% of LaSalle's total land area (6,500 hectares) is urban in nature; the remaining lands are rural, comprising cash-crop farming, rural residences, and natural heritage features. In total, approximately 7% of this land (excluding Fighting and Grassy Islands) is wooded and/or contains plant species and wildlife habitat, which, from a biological perspective, is considered to be a "natural heritage area". Natural heritage areas are defined as sites that are relatively undisturbed, and which retain some ecological function (such as providing habitat for wildlife or contributing to the protection and enhancement of water quality).
The Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex is the primary place for the recreational, social, and cultural needs of all LaSalle residents. This new complex is located on Laurier Parkway near Sandwich Secondary School and features: two NHL ice surfaces (one with 1,000 seats and one with 200 seats); an indoor aquatic leisure pool; a walking track and fitness centre, meeting spaces; outdoor soccer pitches, baseball/softball diamonds, skateboard park, outdoor pavilion areas and several trails that link all active and passive recreation uses. New in 2017, a splash pad and accessible playground is being built near the large pavilion.
With over 37 KM of paved trails, LaSalle has an extensive network linking residential neighbourhoods to vibrant commercial districts, waterfront areas, parks and conservation areas. Designated bicycle lanes were included in the redevelopment of Todd Lane, and these connect to the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway Trails. In addition to the trails, the new Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway has created new intersections/interchanges with Highway 401 and Highway 3 at Todd Lane, Sandwich West Parkway and Laurier Parkway, making access into LaSalle by car or bicycle easier than ever.
One of LaSalle's biggest events is the annual Strawberry Festival, which takes place in June. It features a carnival, vendors, family-friendly entertainment, fireworks over the Detroit River and best of all, local delicious strawberries! In October, we celebrate local craft beer, local cuisine and local entertainment at the LaSalle Craft Beer Festival. Held outdoors at the Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex, it is the place to come home to on Thanksgiving weekend.
The region's premier golf venue, Essex Golf and Country Club, where PGA tournaments have been hosted, is located squarely within LaSalle’s boundaries. Although Essex Golf and Country Club is a private members-only course, there are a number of other challenging courses open to the public in LaSalle, including Seven Lakes Golf Course and Dominion Golf Course.
LaSalle is a healthy, vibrant and caring community! There are more than 250 businesses located in LaSalle. From shopping to dining to being active, there are many opportunities for you to Explore LaSalle!