The County Wide Active Transportation System (CWATS) in Essex County is a rapidly growing 800 km network of on-road and off-road trails and routes that link together communities across Ontario’s southernmost region. CWATS is helping to build more active and economically robust communities as well as attracting increasing trails and cycling tourism.
CWATS includes the Ontario Waterfront Trail route through the region and helps Kingsville, population 21,000, attract and retain families and new businesses on the shores of Lake Erie.
Kingsville, and Essex County’s CWATS, are good case studies for Brockville and Leeds-Grenville. They’re showing that “active lifestyle builds good business”.