WINDSOR

Canada

Windsor is a mid-sized Canadian city on the southwest tip of Ontario. It's an extremely multi-cultural city with over 20% of its population having been born outside of Canada. The city's rich cultural background is made aware by the Middle Eastern, Italian, and Asian neighbourhoods in Windsor. It is located across the Detroit River from the city of Detroit.

Info Windsor

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Windsor is a mid-sized Canadian city on the southwest tip of Ontario. It's an extremely multi-cultural city with over 20% of its population having been born outside of Canada. The city's rich cultural background is made aware by the Middle Eastern, Italian, and Asian neighbourhoods in Windsor. It is located across the Detroit River from the city of Detroit.

Founded as a French agricultural settlement in 1748, Windsor has grown into a multi-cultural city of just over 210,000 people. Reflecting its American neighbour across the Detroit River, it has a strong connection with the automobile industry, with Chrysler's Canadian headquarters based in the city.

The river-side area of Windsor has been developed into a lush area of parkland that offer spectacular views of the Detroit skyline, and is the city's most well known feature.

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POPULATION :• City (single-tier) 210,891 
• Urban 276,165 
• Metro 319,246 
FOUNDED : Settled 1749
Incorporated 1854
TIME ZONE :Time zone EST (UTC−5)
Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
LANGUAGE : 
RELIGION :Catholic 48.3%
Protestant 23.9%
No religion 12.1%
Muslim 4.8%
Orthodox 4.3%
AREA :• City (single-tier) 146.32 km2 (56.49 sq mi)
• Urban 175.77 km2 (67.87 sq mi)
• Metro 1,022.84 km2 (394.92 sq mi)
ELEVATION : 190 m (620 ft)
COORDINATES : 42°17′N 83°00′W
SEX RATIO : Male: 49.6%
 Female: 50.4%
ETHNIC :Canadian 28.1%
French 21.2%
English 18.5%
Irish 13.1%
Scottish 12.1%
Italian 9.7%
German 7.1%
Polish 4.0%
Lebanese 2.9%
Ukrainian 2.9%
AREA CODE : 519, 226 and 548
POSTAL CODE : N8P to N8T, N8W to N9G
DIALING CODE : 
WEBSITE :  www.citywindsor.ca

Tourism

Even if you spend a day in Windsor you'll notice that Windsor is a very multi-cultural city, especially for its small town feel. Right off the bat, visitors will hear English, French, Arabic and Italian. Near the East side of the downtown area is the North African/Middle Eastern neighbourhoods with a large Lebanese community. South east of the downtown area is the Via Italia neighbourhood with numerous Italian restaurants and shops. West of the downtown area is an area with strong Asian influences.

Windsor tourist attractions include Caesars Windsor, a lively downtown club scene, Little Italy, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Odette Sculpture Park, Adventure Bay Water Park, and Ojibway Park. As a border settlement, Windsor was a site of conflict during the War of 1812, a major entry point into Canada for refugees from slavery via the Underground Railroad and a major source of liquor during American Prohibition. Two sites in Windsor have been designated as National Historic Sites of Canada: the Sandwich First Baptist Church, a church established by Underground Railroad refugees, and François Bâby House, an important War of 1812 site now serving as Windsor's Community Museum.

The Capitol Theatre in downtown Windsor had been a venue for feature films, plays and other attractions since 1929, until it declared bankruptcy in 2007. Today, the theatre remains open.

The Tea Party is an internationally famous progressive rock band which has been based in Windsor since its foundation in 1990.

Windsor's nickname is the "Rose City" or the "City of Roses". The Liebeszauber (Love's Magic) rose has been designated as the City of Windsor Rose. Windsor is noted for the several large parks and gardens found on its waterfront. The Queen Elizabeth II Sunken Garden is located at Jackson Park in the central part of the city. A World War II era Avro Lancaster was displayed on a stand in the middle of Jackson Park for over four decades but has since been removed for restoration. This park is now home to a mounted Spitfire replica and a Hurricane replica.

Of the parks lining Windsor's waterfront, the largest is the 5 km (3.1 mi) stretch overlooking the Detroit skyline. It extends from the Ambassador Bridge to the Hiram Walker Distillery. The western portion of the park contains the Windsor Sculpture Park which features over 30 large-scale contemporary sculptures for public viewing, along with the Canadian Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The central portion contains Dieppe Gardens, Civic Terrace and Festival Plaza, and the eastern portion is home to the Bert Weeks Memorial Gardens. Further east along the waterfront is Coventry Gardens, across from Detroit's Belle Isle. The focal point of this park is the Charles Brooks Memorial Peace Fountain which floats in the Detroit River and has a coloured light display at night. The fountain is the largest of its kind in North America and symbolizes the peaceful relationship between Canada and the United States.

Each summer, Windsor co-hosts the two-week-long Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival, which culminates in a gigantic fireworks display that celebrates Canada Day and USIndependence Day. The fireworks display is among the world's largest and is held on the final Monday in June over the Detroit River between the two downtowns. Each year, the event attracts over a million spectators to both sides of the riverfront. Windsor and Detroit also jointly cohost the annual Detroit Windsor International Film Festival, while festivals exclusive to Windsor include Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County Carrousel by the River and Carrousel Around the City, Bluesfest International Windsor and Windsor Pride.

Following the 2008 Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Detroit, Michigan, Windsor successfully put in a bid to become the first Canadian city to host the event. Red Bull touted the 2009 race in Windsor as one of the most exciting in the seven-year history of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, and on January 22, 2010, it was announced that Windsor will be a host city for the 2010 and 2011 circuits, along with a select group of major international cities that includes Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Perth, Australia and New York City. The event attracted 200,000 fans to the Detroit River waterfront in 2009. The Red Bull air races were cancelled worldwide for 2011.

Windsor has often been the place where many metro Detroiters find what is forbidden in the United States. With a minimum legal drinking age of 21 in Michigan and 19 in Ontario, a number of 19 and 20-year-old Americans frequent Windsor's bars. The city also became a gambling attraction with Caesars Windsor's opening in 1994, five years before casinos opened in Detroit. One can also purchase Cuban cigars, Cuban rum, less-costly prescription drugs, absinthe, certain imported foods, and other items not available in the United States. In addition, some same-sex couples from the United States chose to marry in Windsor prior to 2015, when same-sex marriage was legalized in all 50 U.S. states.


Visitor information

  • Windsor-Essex Travel Information Centre (Ambassador Bridge),1235 Huron Church Rd (between Giradot and Tecumseh),  +1 519 915-7000 ([email protected]), [www]. Daily 9:30AM-5:30PM.  

History

Prior to European exploration and settlement, the Windsor area was inhabited by the First Nations and Native Americans. Windsor was settled by the French in 1749 as an agricultural settlement. It is the oldest continually inhabited European settlement in Canada west of Montreal. The area was first named Petite Côte ("Little Coast" – as opposed to the longer coastline on the Detroit side of the river). Later it was called La Côte de Misère ("Poverty Coast") because of the sandy soils near LaSalle.

Windsor's French Canadian heritage is reflected in many French street names, such as Ouellette, Pelissier, François, Pierre, Langlois, Marentette, and Lauzon. The current street system of Windsor (a grid with elongated blocks) reflects the Canadien method of agricultural land division, where the farms were long and narrow, fronting along the river. Today, the north-south street name often indicates the name of the family that at one time farmed the land where the street is now located. The street system of outlying areas is consistent with the British system for granting land concessions. There is a significant French-speaking minority in Windsor and the surrounding area, particularly in the Lakeshore, Tecumseh and LaSalle areas.

In 1794, after the American Revolution, the settlement of "Sandwich" was founded. It was later renamed Windsor, after the town in Berkshire, England. The Sandwich neighbourhood on Windsor's west side is home to some of the oldest buildings in the city, including Mackenzie Hall, originally built as the Essex County Courthouse in 1855. Today, this building functions as a community centre. The oldest building in the city is the Duff-Baby Housebuilt in 1792. It is owned by Ontario Heritage Trust and houses government offices. The François Baby House in downtown Windsor was built in 1812 and houses Windsor's Community Museum, dedicated to local history.

The City of Windsor was the site of the Battle of Windsor during the Upper Canada Rebellion in 1838. It was also a part of the Patriot War, later that year.

Windsor was established as a village in 1854 (the same year the village was connected to the rest of Canada by the Grand Trunk Railway/Canadian National Railway), then became a town in 1858, and ultimately gained city status in 1892.

The Windsor Police Service was established on July 1, 1867.

A fire consumed much of Windsor's downtown core on October 12, 1871, destroying over 100 buildings.

Sandwich, Ford City and Walkerville were separate legal entities (towns) in their own right until 1935. They are now historic neighbourhoods of Windsor. Ford City was officially incorporated as a village in 1912; it became a town in 1915, and a city in 1929. Walkerville was incorporated as a town in 1890. Sandwich was established in 1817 as a town with no municipal status. It was incorporated as a town in 1858 (the same year as neighbouring Windsor).

These three towns were annexed by Windsor in 1935. The nearby villages of Ojibway and Riverside were incorporated in 1913 and 1921 respectively. Both were annexed by Windsor in 1966. During the 1920s alcohol prohibition was enforced in Michigan while alcohol was legal in Ontario. Rum-running in Windsor was a common practice during that time.

On October 25, 1960, a massive gas explosion destroyed the building housing the Metropolitan Store on Ouellette Avenue. Ten people were killed and at least one hundred injured. The 45th anniversary of the event was commemorated by the Windsor Star on October 25, 2005. It was featured on History Television's Disasters of the Century.

The Windsor Star Centennial Edition in 1992 covered the city's past, its success as a railway centre, and its contributions to World War I and World War II fighting efforts. It also recalled the naming controversy in 1892 when the town of Windsor aimed to become a city. The most popular names listed in the naming controversy were "South Detroit", "The Ferry" (from the ferries that linked Windsor to Detroit), Windsor, and Richmond (the runner-up in popularity). Windsor was chosen to promote the heritage of new English settlers in the city and to recognize Windsor Castle in Berkshire, England. However, Richmond was a popular name used until the Second World War, mainly by the local post office.

Climate

The city has quite a wide range in climate conditions, with average temperatures hovering around 21°F (-6°C) in January, while in July the average temperature is around 82°F (28°C) . The late summer is the best time to visit the city, though it can be humid and sultry.

Climate data for Windsor

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)19.4
(66.9)
22.0
(71.6)
28.5
(83.3)
32.2
(90)
35.0
(95)
36.7
(98.1)
39.0
(102.2)
38.5
(101.3)
38.3
(100.9)
32.5
(90.5)
25.5
(77.9)
21.0
(69.8)
39.0
(102.2)
Average high °C (°F)0.4
(32.7)
2.9
(37.2)
7.7
(45.9)
14.9
(58.8)
20.9
(69.6)
27.0
(80.6)
29.0
(84.2)
27.8
(82)
24.3
(75.7)
16.8
(62.2)
9.7
(49.5)
3.1
(37.6)
15.4
(59.7)
Daily mean °C (°F)−3
(27)
−1.1
(30)
3.0
(37.4)
9.4
(48.9)
15.3
(59.5)
21.4
(70.5)
23.6
(74.5)
22.7
(72.9)
18.9
(66)
12.1
(53.8)
5.9
(42.6)
0.0
(32)
10.7
(51.3)
Average low °C (°F)−6.4
(20.5)
−5.1
(22.8)
−1.8
(28.8)
3.9
(39)
9.6
(49.3)
15.7
(60.3)
18.1
(64.6)
17.6
(63.7)
13.4
(56.1)
7.3
(45.1)
2.1
(35.8)
−3.1
(26.4)
6.0
(42.8)
Record low °C (°F)−32.8
(−27)
−29.4
(−20.9)
−24.4
(−11.9)
−13.3
(8.1)
−3.3
(26.1)
2.8
(37)
4.4
(39.9)
5.0
(41)
−1.1
(30)
−7.2
(19)
−18.9
(−2)
−29.4
(−20.9)
−32.8
(−27)
Source: Environment Canada

Economy

Windsor's economy is primarily based on manufacturing, tourism, education, and government services.

The city is one of Canada's major automobile manufacturing centres and is home to the headquarters of FCA Canada. Automotive facilities include the FCA Canada minivan assembly plant, two Ford Motor Company engine plants, and several tool and die and automotive parts manufacturers.

Windsor has a well-established tourism industry. Caesars Windsor, one of the largest casinos in Canada, ranks as one of the largest local employers. It has been a major draw for U.S. visitors since opening in 1994 (as Casino Windsor). Further, the 1,150-kilometre (710 mi) Quebec City – Windsor Corridor contains 18 million people, with 51% of the Canadian population and three out of the five largest metropolitan areas, according to the 2011 Census.

The city has an extensive riverfront parks system and fine restaurants, such as those on Erie Street in Windsor's Little Italy called "Via Italia", another popular tourist destination. The Lake Erie North Shore Wine Region in Essex County has enhanced tourism in the region.

Both the University of Windsor and St. Clair College are significant local employers and have enjoyed substantial growth and expansion in recent years. The recent addition of a full-program satellite medical school of the University of Western Ontario, which opened in 2008 at the University of Windsor is further enhancing the region's economy and the status of the university. In 2013, the university completed construction of a $112 million facility for its Faculty of Engineering.

Windsor is the headquarters of Hiram Walker & Sons Limited, now owned by Pernod Ricard. Its historic distillery was founded by Hiram Walker in 1858 in what was then Walkerville, Ontario.

The diversifying economy is also represented by companies involved inpharmaceuticals, alternative energy, insurance, internet and software. Windsor is also home to the Windsor Salt Mine and the Great Lakes Regional office of the International Joint Commission.

Prices in Windsor

PRICES LIST - EUR

MARKET / SUPERMARKET

Milk1 liter$1.15
Tomatoes1 kg$2.15
Cheese0.5 kg$9.00
Apples1 kg$2.65
Oranges1 kg$2.85
Beer (domestic)0.5 l$2.70
Bottle of Wine1 bottle$11.50
Coca-Cola2 liters$1.45
Bread1 piece$1.55
Water1.5 l$1.70

PRICES LIST - EUR

RESTAURANTS

Dinner (Low-range)for 2$24.00
Dinner (Mid-range)for 2$42.00
Dinner (High-range)for 2$60.00
Mac Meal or similar1 meal$6.50
Water0.33 l$1.15
Cappuccino1 cup$2.40
Beer (Imported)0.33 l$4.20
Beer (domestic)0.5 l$3.85
Coca-Cola0.33 l$1.45
Coctail drink1 drink$6.00

PRICES LIST - EUR

ENTERTAINMENT

Cinema2 tickets$16.00
Gym1 month$36.00
Men’s Haircut1 haircut$20.00
Theatar2 tickets$200.00
Mobile (prepaid)1 min.$0.49
Pack of Marlboro1 pack$8.70

PRICES LIST - EUR

PERSONAL CARE

Antibiotics1 pack$
Tampons32 pieces$4.70
Deodorant50 ml.$
Shampoo400 ml.$4.60
Toilet paper4 rolls$
Toothpaste1 tube$2.60

PRICES LIST - EUR

CLOTHES / SHOES

Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)1$40.00
Dress summer (Zara, H&M)1$29.00
Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)1$80.00
Leather shoes1$90.00

PRICES LIST - EUR

TRANSPORTATION

Gasoline1 liter$0.81
TaxiStart$2.90
Taxi1 km$1.20
Local Transport1 ticket$2.00

Tourist (Backpacker)  

57 $ per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • meals in cheap restaurant
  • public transport
  • cheap hotel

Tourist (business/regular)  

195 $ per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • mid-range meals and drinks
  • transportation
  • hotel

Transportation - Get In

Transportation - Get In

By plane

  • Windsor Airport3200 County Road 42(Located off Walker Rd., South of E.C. Row Expressway),  +1 519-969-2430fax: +1 519-969-6053. Daily, non-stop flights from Windsor (IATA: YQG) serve Toronto-Malton,Toronto Islands and Calgary. Seasonal service to sun destinations in Cuba.
  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County AirportRomulus, Michigan,  +1 734 247-7678. M-F 8AM-4PM. (IATA: DTW)
    • Detroit Airport Shuttle and Taxi645 Griswold Ave #3156, Détroit,  +1 313 759-7741. Airport shuttle to US, by reservation. $79 (Windsor to Detroit-Romulus, one way).

Transportation - Get In

By Train

  • VIA Rail298 Walker Rd (East of Caesars Windsor (formerly Casino Windsor), on the corner of Riverside Dr. & Walker Rd.), toll-free: +1-888-842-7245. Ticketing and station hours: M-Su 5:15AM-8PM.. VIA Rail's western end of the Windsor-Quebec City corridor is located here and the Windsor (Walkerville) passenger train station serves those tourists needs.

Transportation - Get In

By Bus

  • Windsor International Transit Terminal300 Chatham Street West,  +1 519 254-7575. Station & Ticketing hours: Daily: 7AM-8PM. The Greyhound terminal situated near the tunnel serves bus traffic.
  • Tunnel Bus300 Chatham Street West (Windsor International Transit Terminal),  +1 519 944-4111fax: +1 519 944-5121. Local Windsor city bus route through downtown Detroit, including Cobo Center/Arena, Joe Louis Arena, Rosa Parks Transit Center, Campus Martius and Hart Plaza. Additional sport stadium stops during Detroit major league home games and special events. $4/person (C$ or US$).

Transportation - Get In

By Car

Highway 401, a major artery that follows the entire southern Ontario coast, has its west termination in Windsor. Windsor is also easily accessible by crossing the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel or the Ambassador Bridge from Detroit. For more information about the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel and Ambassador Bridge and immigration/customs please see the From the United States section.

From the United States

As of June 1, 2009, U.S. and Canadian citizens are required to present a passport, passport card, enhanced driver's license, or trusted traveller card when crossing the U.S.-Canada border. For more detailed identification requirements, visit Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). Although it is efficient for an international border, this is the busiest crossing between the two countries, and is not as quick and casual as it once was.

There are two ways to get to Windsor from Detroit:

  • Ambassador Bridge (accessible from all interstates connecting to downtown Detroit). Bridge traffic can be congested, due to the high number of 18-wheelers. Expect wait times of 30 minutes. Toll per passenger car: $4.75 (CAD or USD).
  • Detroit-Windsor Tunnel (connecting to I375 from all interstates in downtown Detroit). Every time traffic backs up in the tunnel the tunnel is shut down until traffic congestion is eased, which can sometimes take quite a while. A "tunnel bus" connects downtown Detroit with Windsor, which may reduce parking costs; the customs/immigrations process can be quite lengthy for bus riders since everyone on the bus must disembark and be cleared through customs. Toll per passenger car: $4.50 (CAD or USD).

A Windsor-Detroit ferry crossing exists, but primarily serves truck traffic (including hazardous material) which cannot use the tunnel. Construction of the Windsor-Essex Parkway, an extension of Highway 401 to a proposed bridge between Brighton Beach (Windsor) and Delray (Detroit), began in 2011; it will likely be several years before the new bridge is completed. In the meantime, all traffic from Detroit lands not directly on the 401 but on Windsor surface streets (Ontario highways 3 and 3B) leading to substantial delays at the border.

Pedestrians cannot walk across the bridge or through the tunnel, they must use the tunnel bus. Bicyclists are also prohibited from using the bridge and the tunnel, and due to licensing regulations cannot use the bike racks on the tunnel bus. The only way someone travelling by bike can bring their bike across the border is to disassemble the bike and put it in a bike bag, which can be brought on the bus.

Alternatives to crossing at Windsor-Detroit include the Bluewater Bridge in Sarnia-Port Huron and the Bluewater FerrySombra-Marine City,  +1 519 331-5944. year-round $6/car. Sarnia-Port Huron are an hour from Windsor-Détroit by motorcar; Marine City is between Port Huron and Détroit.


Transportation - Get Around

There is a transit system (Transit Windsor) that has a few good routes, namely the Ottawa 4 or Transway 1C lines, but other than that it isn't that great. However, the majority of the hotels and entertainment are concentrated in the downtown area, so walking and cheap cabs are always an option. Windsor is a city that was built for the car, thus earning its nickname the 'Automotive Capital of Canada'. If you are going to get around the entire city, not just the downtown area and immediate neighbouring districts, your best option would be to rent a car.

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Shopping

Shopping in Windsor can be a treat particularly due to the abundance of ethnic stores littered about Windsor. Theres a store to suit everyone's need, including the American cigar aficionado, who will be delighted to realize that due to Canada's cozier relations with Cuba than America's, Cuban cigars are widely available for purchase. Do realize that even purchasing a Cuban cigar or Cuban products in Windsor, even if consumed on Canadian soil, is considered by U.S. government to be a violation of the U.S. embargo and you may be subject to hefty fines or jail time if caught. In practice, however, this might not be a big problem, as thousands of Americans travel to Cuba illegally every year with no problem.

  • Windsor Crossing Premium Outlets1555 Talbot St (Located in the town of LaSalle, just off Huron Church Rd., South of the Ambassador Bridge),  +1 519 972-7111fax: +1 519 972-6432, e-mail:. M-F 10AM-9PM, Sa (Jan-May) 9AM-6PM or (Jun-Dec) 9AM-9PM, Su: 10AM-6PM, Holidays: 10AM-6PM, Closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
  • Ambassador Duty Free Store707 Patricia St (Located on the Ambassador Bridge),  +1 519 977-9100.
  • Windsor Tunnel Duty Free Shop465 Goyeau St,  +1 519 252-2713fax: +1 519 252-1688. Open: Daily, 24 hours.
  • Holland Consignment Shoppe1407 Ottawa St (Ottawa St and Moy Ave, behind the TD Bank),  +1 519 977-5200, e-mail:. In the heart of one of the last remaining local outdoor shopping districts
  • Devonshire Mall3100 Howard Ave. (South on Howard from E.C. Row Expressway),  +1 519-966-3100. M-F, 9:30AM to 9PM, Sat. 9AM to 6PM, Sun. 11AM to 5PM. Over 175 stores, services and eateries.
  • Windsor Hobbies3895 Tecumseh Road East,  +1 519-945-5471.Hobby and model shop

Restaurants

Windsor is known for being one of the great food places in Canada, with much of its reputation owing to the many ethnic restaurants in the city ranging from Italian, Lebanese, Chinese (Cantonese/Szechuan), Thai, Indian, Greek, African (Ethiopian/Somalian), Caribbean, as well as other specialties such as vegetarian/vegan restaurants.


Budget

  • Bozii357 Ouellette Ave (In the heart of downtown, Closest Intersection is Park and Ouellette),  +1 519 946-0215fax: +1 519 946-0214, e-mail:. Mon-Wed 7AM-9PM, Thurs-Sat 7AM-11PM, Sun - Closed. Average $5-$10.
  • Mini Restaurant475 University Avenue West (Located just blocks west of downtown),  +1 519 254-2221.
  • Sam's Pizzeria & Cantina2215 Wyandotte Street West,  +1 519 258-5086.
  • Sir Cedric's Fish & Chips468 University Avenue West (Located across the street from Mini Restaurant),  +1 519 253-4044
  • Terra Cotta Pizzeria a La Rogue318 Pelissier St (Located in downtown Windsor),  +1 519 971-0223.
  • May Wah Inn1689 University Avenue West (Located just west of downtown),  +1 519 256-4755.
  • Papa Cheney's Whisky Well serves burgers, fries, and many other items. Don't miss the whisky sour. The restaurant stays open late.

Mid-range

  • Cook's Shop Restaurant683 Ouellette Ave (Located in the heart of downtown Windsor),  +1 519 254-3377.
  • India Palace Sweet Restaurant1167 Ottawa St (Ottawa Street across from Lanspeary Park.),  +1 519 256-4104.

Splurge

  • Mezzo Ristorante804 Erie St (Via Italia,),  +1 519 252-4055fax: +1 519 252-9202, e-mail: . M-W: 11:30AM-10PM, T-Sa: 11:30AM-11PM, Su: 4PM-10PM. Decent Italian restaurant with a friendly and helpful staff. The restaurant is pleasantly decorated and offers an intimate atmosphere for visitors to relax and hang out. The restaurant hosts musicians on Thursday and a piano player on Friday and Saturday nights.

Sights & Landmarks

  • Ford City. Ford City was the birthplace of the Canadian Ford Motor Company. The district is home to a wide variety of architectural examples, including four byzantine styled Orthodox churches built by immigrants, who came to work for the Ford Company. Several buildings have murals depicting the history and transformation of the Ford Company and Ford City.

Historical

  • Willistead Manor1899 Niagara St (Walkerville, Located at Niagara Street and Kildare Street),  +1 519-253-2365. The Willistead Manor is a beautiful 36 room mansion in the middle of a 15 acre park. The mansion was built by Edward Chandler Walker for his older brother, Willis Walker.
  • Mackenzie Hall3277 Sandwich St (Sandwich Towne),  +1 519-255-7600fax: +1 519 255-9538. MacKenzie Hall is the former courthouse, jail, and execution spot of the former town of Sandwich, which is now a district of Windsor.

Parks

  • Windsor Sculpture Park (Odette Sculpture Park), Riverside Drive West(Located between the base of the Ambassador Bridge (Huron Church Road) and Church Street.). Touted as a "museum without walls" Windsor Sculpture Park is a 3.5 km park with over 30 sculptures dotting the park.Admission: Free, Parking: Metered.
  • Dieppe Gardens78 Riverside Drive West (Located at the base of Ouellette Ave., overlooking the Detroit River & Skyline).
  • Willistead Park
  • Queen Elizabeth II Gardens in Jackson Park.
  • Pillette Park.

Things to do

  • XS Family Fun Centre1930 Ambassador Dr (Located off Huron Church Road, near the Holiday Inn Select & across the street from the Hampton Inn.),  +1 519 972-6748, e-mail: .Su-Th: 11AM-11PM, Fr,Sa: 11AM-midnight (Go-karts close one hour prior to the rest of the centre). Arcade with Laser Tag, Go-Karts and Batting Cages. Prices vary from activity.

Gambling

  • Caesars Windsor377 Riverside Drive East (Overlooking the beautiful Detroit river & Skyline),  +1 519 258-7878, e-mail:. Very large casino and popular among residents and tourists because the Canadian government does not tax any winnings. The casino exchanges US dollars to Canadian Dollars at a low rate (it is therefore advised to exchange your money elsewhere). Absolutely no one under 19 is allowed on the casino floor; however, those under 19 are allowed to stay in the Augustus (new) Tower. Those who are under 22 will need to show an additional piece of identification (such as a school ID or a debit card) upon entering.

Music & Theatre

  • The Chrysler Theatre201 Riverside Drive West (Located in downtown Windsor, on the corner of Riverside Dr. and Ferry St.),  +1 519 252-6579fax: +1 519 973-4976, e-mail: .
  • Windsor Symphony Orchestra487 Ouellette Ave,  +1 519 973-1238fax: +1 519 973-0764.
  • Capitol Theatre and Arts Centre121 University Avenue West(Located in downtown Windsor, just west of Ouellette Ave. & South of Riverside Dr.),  +1 519 253-7729fax: +1 519 253-8912.

Sports

  • Ganatchio Trail (Follow along Riverside Dr. East to pick up the starting point of the Ganatchio Trail, near Lauzon Rd.). Stretching from the City of Windsor into the Town of Tecumseh,the Ganatchio Trail provides an excellent way for bikers, roller bladers, or the casual pedestrian to enjoy the afternoon.
  • Ambassador Golf Club1025 Sprucewood Ave (Located on the border of Windsor & the Town of LaSalle, across from the Windsor Raceway & Slots), +1 519 966-2425fax: +1 519 966-2327.Weekdays: 9 holes $40, 18 holes $60; Weekends: 9 holes $45, 18 holes $68.
  • Roseland Golf And Curling Club455 Kennedy Drive West (Located East of Huron Church Road, just south of Cabana Rd.),  +1 519-969-3810. 18-hole championship golf course, a challenging 9-hole Par 3, and a 6-sheet curling rink. Clubhouse with banquet facilities.
  • Windsor Spitfires hockeyWFCU Centre. The extremely popular local junior hockey team was Canadian champions in 2009 and 2010. Tickets can be hard to come by. They play at the WFCU Centre in Forest Glade, buy tickets well in advance.

Festivals and events

  • Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival. The Freedom Festival is an enormous celebration of both Canada's Canada Day, held on July 1st, and America's Independence Day, held on July 4th. The festival, which began in 1959, evolved into the current pair of events (Windsor Summer Fest and Detroit River Days) in 2007.
  • Bluesfest. four days, mid-July. Promotes not only the blues genre, but local and international artists. Four day pass: $50, otherwise $20-25 per day.
  • Windsor Emancipation Celebration FestivalFestival Plaza - 370 Riverside Drive East (Overlooking the beautiful Detroit river & Skyline), e-mail: . August 3–6, 2012. The Emancipation Celebration is an enormous celebration of Freedom. Held on the First weekend in August Emancipation Celebration was once the largest outdoor celebration of it's kind in all of North America. It boasted colourful parades that made its way from the riverfront into Jackson Park celebration grounds, Miss Sepia Pageants, talent contest, concerts, family reunion picnics and community wide barbecues. In fact these cross-border celebrations drew the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Dr. George Washington Carver, Jesse Owens, Diana Ross, Joe Louis, Eleanor Roosevelt and many other world renowned dignitaries annually to appear as guest speakers or simply to join the revelry of freedom. At its peak Emancipation celebration had over 250 000 plus people in attendance .Free/$5 for concerts/shows.

Nightlife


Bars & Clubs

  • The Manchester546 Ouellette Ave.Newly designed English-style pub serving traditional English food with live entertainment.
  • The Beach670 Ouellette Ave(Downtown,),  +1 519 252-3224fax:+1 519 252-3228, e-mail:. Open all day, but becomes very popular at night. Some sites describe a lively calendar of events, but it appeared to be relatively subdued. Maybe early or late summer are better times.

Pubs and grills

  • South Detroit, 255 Ouellette Ave.,  +1 226-946-2192. 11:30AM-10PM daily, 11:30AM-2AM Fri, noon-2AM Sat, 2-10PM Sun. Bar and restaurant with seafood, ale and spirits.

Breweries & Distilleries

  • Walkerville Brewery525 Argyle Rd (Located in the East side of the city, off Wyandotte St.),  +1 519-254-6067fax: +1 519-255-9245, e-mail: . Sun-Wed 11AM-6PM, Th-Sa 11AM-7PM, Closed Sunday.. 45 minute tours ($7 each includes tastings) are given on Saturdays between 12:30PM-5PM. You can also buy beer at the brewery.
  • Hiram Walker's Canadian Club (Located along Riverside Dr. E.),  +1 519-561-5499. Tours: Adults (Up to aged 55) $5.85, Seniors (Aged 55+) $4.68.

Things to know


Culture

Even if you spend a day in Windsor you'll notice that Windsor is a very multi-cultural city, especially for its small town feel. Right off the bat, visitors will hear English, French, Arabic and Italian. Near the East side of the downtown area is the North African/Middle Eastern neighbourhoods with a large Lebanese community. South east of the downtown area is the Via Italia neighbourhood with numerous Italian restaurants and shops. West of the downtown area is an area with strong Asian influences..

Safety in Windsor

Stay Safe


Downtown Windsor is safe and very lively, even late at night. The biggest danger is getting into a confrontation with an intoxicated person when the clubs close for the night. The usual precautions should be taken, such as, travel in groups, mind your own business, etc. However, the downtown core is usually well policed, so you should have no real problems.

Beginning late into the evening touts will roam the streets offering free admission to bars, clubs, and strip joints. While for the most part touts operate individually you may be approached by two or more touts. Standard precautions should be taken when considering following a tout to a strange location or to a bar that you've never been to before. If you feel uncomfortable walk away.

Warning: It should also be noted that unlike most mid-sized Canadian cities the custom in Windsor is similar to bigger cities like Toronto or Montreal in that drivers will NOT stop for pedestrians crossing a street who are not crossing at a marked traffic intersection (i.e. jaywalking). Jaywalking is specifically legal in Windsor but at the pedestrian's own risk. Windsor does not have stand-alone pedestrian activated crosswalks. Additionally, Windsor drivers tend to be quite aggressive. Windsorites drive similarly to the aggressive (but quick and efficient) Detroit or US East Coast style rather than the more laid back Canadian style. If you like to drive slowly and cautiously you may find yourself getting honked at, yelled at, given the finger, tailgated, etc.

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