Known as ‘The Automotive Capital of Canada,’ Windsor is famous for its connection to the original Ford Motor Factory. Today, it’s still a leader in the automotive industry, but it is better recognized for its casino and annual fireworks display. 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.
To learn more about all there is to see and do in Windsor, scroll down or visit the city's tourism website.
Where is Windsor?
Seated on the Detroit River, Windsor is the southernmost city in all of Canada.
VIA Rail Canada provides service to Windsor. You can also fly in from Windsor International Airport (IATA: YQG, ICAO: CYQG) or drive down Highway 401.
Things to Do in Windsor
From the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor to Devonshire Mall, there is plenty to love about Windsor. The city boasts numerous festivals, including the music event Bluesfest Windsor, the culinary experience Carrousel of the Nations and the holiday-themed Bright Lights Windsor. For architecture fans, look no further than Willistead Manor, and if you’re a history enthusiast, Fort Malden National Historic Site is the place to go. The city’s artistic side is also on full display at Capitol Theatre and the Art Gallery of Windsor, and you can find eco-friendly custom furniture at Michael Difazio Reclaim Artistry. If you prefer spending the day outdoors, Point Pelee National Park awaits you. For whisky and wine tasting, J.P. Wiser and Oxley Estate Winery are the places to go.
Windsor Neighbourhoods & Districts
Of course that’s not all Windsor has to offer. The city consists of twenty different neighbourhoods, and each is diverse, distinct, and worth a visit.
Composed of such neighbourhoods as the Heart of Windsor, Central Windsor and Via Italia, Downtown Windsor features several parks, businesses and unique architectural features. Downtown Windsor is the place to go for restaurants, recreation and history. The Heart of Windsor, Little Italy, and Walkerville are all found in Downtown Windsor. The Heart of Windsor is perhaps best known for its casino, Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino, which has thousands of games and tournaments, while Little Italy is well known for its unique Italian restaurants and shops. Walkerville’s prestige comes from its historic sites, including Willistead Manor and Willistead Park.
In Windsor’s East End, take a stroll through the park or bike along the Detroit River. The East End is filled with trails, parks and green space. Some of its communities include Forest Glade, Ford City and Little River Acres.
Windsor’s South Side primarily consists of residential communities and farmland, such as Remington Park and Roseland.
The West Side of Windsor includes both rural and industrial areas, including Brighton Beach, Ojibway and Yawkey. Sandwich is found in West Side Windsor, and it’s best known for the Sandwich First Baptist Church, the oldest Black church in Canada. This Church began in the 1820’s and was created by a group of slaves, including Henry Brown, Willis Jackson and John Hubbs, who escaped through Canada’s Underground Railroad. Today, the church has been officially declared a National Historic Site of Canada.
Things to Know About Visiting Windsor
Destination Ontario keeps an ear to the ground, so here are some things to do in Windsor:
Little known fact
Notorious American gangster Al Capone was known to frequent Windsor during prohibition.
Where to see spring blossoms
The Queen Elizabeth II Sunken Garden in Jackson Park is a floral paradise of vibrant annuals and perennials among fountains and statues.
Where to go for winter activities
Malden Park has the highest hill in Essex County and is a popular spot for tobogganing in the wintertime.
Great place to see the fall colours
Some of the beautiful trees in Windsor’s famous historic Walkerville Neighbourhood have been around for almost 100 years, and continue to delight visitors with their show of fall foliage.
Favourite local beach
Favourite local gem
Willistead Manor, the former estate of Windsor’s famous dynasty, offers a glimpse into the lifestyle of the wealthy during the early the 20th century.
Last updated: November 22, 2022