The Town of LaSalle is an age friendly community that supports healthy and active living. Located in the northwest part of the county, LaSalle has a population of 28,643 (2011 Census), and is one of the larger communities in the region.
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.
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 situated on over 250 acres of land on Laurier Parkway near Sandwich Secondary School and features: Two NHL ice surfaces with 1,000 seat and 200 seat venues; an indoor aquatic leisure pool; a walking track and fitness centre, meeting spaces for local service clubs and community programs; 22 outdoor soccer pitches, 8 baseball diamonds, skateboard park, outdoor concert venue, promenade, outdoor pavilion areas and several trails that link all active and passive recreations uses.
LaSalle has an extensive network of trails which links residential neighbourhoods to vibrant commercial districts, waterfront areas, parks and conservation areas.
One of LaSalle's biggest events is the annual Strawberry Festival, which takes place on the first weekend in June. LaSalle is also home to several other events including Wheels in Motion, Relay of Life, the Terry Fox Run and the Fahrenheit Festival.
The region's premier golf venue, Essex Golf and Country Club, where PGA tournaments have been held, is located squarely with LaSalle boundaries. Although Essex Golf and Country Club is a private members-only course, there are a number of other courses open to the public in LaSalle, including the Seven Lakes Golf Course and the Dominion Golf Course.