Windsor

Windsor

Known as “The Automotive Capital of Canada,” Windsor is famous for its connection to the original Ford Motor Company factory.

Today, the city is still a leader in the automotive industry, but it is better recognized for its casino, annual fireworks display, Bluesfest Windsor and various Christmas events including a market and Santa Claus parade.

It was also a key player in several historical events, including Prohibition and the Underground Railroad, and it is home to the Sandwich First Baptist Church and the Francois Baby House, both of which are National Historic Sites.

Also called ‘Rose City’ and ‘The City of Roses,’ Windsor is further renowned for its beautiful parks and gardens, which are nestled along its waterfront. 

Map of Windsor

Where is Windsor?

Windsor is located on the shore of the Detroit River across the Ambassador Bridge from Detroit, Michigan. It is the southernmost city in all of Canada and is connected to the wider region via Highway 401.

The city is also serviced by VIA Rail, regional bus and Windsor International Airport. Public transit is provided by Transit Windsor, including bus service to Detroit, from the Windsor International Transit Terminal.

Things to do in Windsor

Go tobogganing

Grab a sled or toboggan and slide the day away at Malden Park, home to the tallest hill in Essex County.

Cycle a wine route

Explore the best wineries in Windsor Essex County by taking a guided bicycle tour along the Wine Trail. Stops include tastings, food pairings and an opportunity to buy locally produced wines.

Relax at the beach

Wade in for a swim, play some beach volleyball and catch some rays at downtown Windsor’s Sandpoint Beach. This two-hectare beach is a local favourite.

Sample Canada’s original whisky

The Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery offers a 90-minute J.P.Wiser’s Experience public tour that walks you through the history of Canadian whisky followed by a sampling session.

Appreciate fine art

Windsor’s art gallery, Art Windsor Essex, offers an opportunity to explore nearly 4,000 works from some of Canada’s most celebrated artists, along with periodic special events.

Visit a unique museum

Exhibits at the Chimczuk Museum focus on the Original People’s Culture and Legacy and the city’s development. Another unique museum is Windsor Sculpture Park, which features over 30 outdoor installations and has an app for self-guided tours.

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Last updated: September 12, 2023

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