Canada

Windsor, Ontario

A- Overview:
The city of Windsor, Ontario lies just across the border between the US and Canada, at the southernmost point in Canada. This city of over 300,000 has its roots deeply planted. Windsor’s Coat of Arms, proudly displayed in the Council Chambers of City Hall, carries the motto, “The River and the Land Sustain Us” as a reminder that the city’s well-being is dependent on appreciation and conservation of these valuable natural resources.

Easily accessible by car either from other cities in Canada or from the United States via tunnel, river, or bridge, the city welcomes visitors to celebrate its rich heritage and to enjoy its many fine restaurants, historic sites, and recreational activities.

The main attraction that draws visitors to Windsor is Casino Windsor, which does a booming business with its slots and gaming tables. The waterfront is also a draw: The International Peace Fountain floats in the Detroit River, and the promenade at Dieppe Gardens is a perfect place to view the Detroit skyline. River cruises depart from the gardens.

Other Windsor attractions include Jackson Park with its summer rose gardens, the Hiram Walker (Canadian Club whiskey) Distillery Tour, and the Art Gallery of Windsor. Visitors interested in African-American history can retrace the route of those who escaped into Canada via the Underground Railroad in the 1800s. Sandwich Baptist Church, erected in Windsor in 1821, was the first Baptist church built by freed slaves. Nearby Amherstburg is home to the North American Black Historical Museum and Cultural Centre, which chronicles the slaves’ journey to freedom. Also in Amherstburg is Fort Malden National Historic Park, site of a fortress that played a prominent role in the War of 1812. The park contains restored barracks and a museum with artifacts from the British and U.S. armies that occupied the fort.

The International Freedom Festival, a two-week celebration honoring the birth of both Canada and the U.S, takes place in Windsor and Detroit in late June and early July. The fireworks display is one of the largest in North America, and is typically held on a weeknight during the last week of June.

Point Pelee National Park, 35 miles southeast of Windsor, is a large stretch of sand and marsh extending into Lake Erie at the southernmost point in all of Canada. The park is visited by migrating birds and monarch butterflies on their way north or south. It offers an interpretive center, nature trails, a boardwalk and miles of beaches. Pelee Island lies south of Point Pelee on Lake Erie, and is a popular destination for fishing and winery tours.

At Walker’s Fine Candies, located on Wyandotte Street, truffles are still hand-dipped and delectable treats are made the old fashioned way, with chocolate being melted in copper pots and formed on marble slabs. Walker’s is also known for its peanut toffee ice cream topping! Another unique attraction is the Windsor Wood Carving Museum, located downtown on Ouellette Avenue. Open year round, it is the only woodcarving museum in Ontario, and includes over 150 carvings.

For a hands-on experience, visit Canada South Science City, one of the most exciting and challenging family and tourist attractions in southwest Ontario. It features over 100 hands-on interactive science and technology exhibits, an exotic café, a state of the art computer science lab, a “bean bag theatre” and a host of other exhibits for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

Windsor has four distinct seasons, ensuring a different visit at any time of the year. Summer tends to be the busiest time of the year. With average temperatures slightly above 72F, it is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy many of the activities available both in and around the city. Spring and fall are cooler but still comfortable enough for any type of activity. Both seasons are exceptionally lovely as Mother Nature produces spring colors as the blossoms bloom and the earth begins its transition back to green. Fall showers the visitor with vibrant colors as the leaves turn and winter arrives. The winter can be cold and it does snow, transforming the city into a post card-like picture where the visitor is seen sitting by a crackling fire, enjoying a warm drink while dining on some of the area’s fine cuisine. Whatever the season, Windsor has an activity and the weather for it.

Whatever the reason for visiting, whether for business or vacation, this border city presents its visitors with a rich history and modern appeal.

B- City Information:
Population: 307,877

Elevation: 623 feet above sea level

Land Area: 685 square miles

Location: Windsor is located at the southernmost point of Canada, just across the U.S. border from Detroit, Michigan

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (when it’s noon in Windsor, it’s 11am in Chicago and 9am in Los Angeles). Windsor observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather:

Average Temperatures

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Year

°C
-4.5
-4.0
1.0
7.9
14.1
19.5
22.4
21.3
17.3
11.0
4.0
-2.2
9.0

°F
23.9
24.8
33.8
46.2
57.4
67.1
72.3
70.3
63.1
51.8
39.2
28.0
48.2

Average Rainfall

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Year

mm
55.3
54.8
67.2
69.0
80.3
86.6
84.3
76.0
71.3
59.3
63.9
63.2
831.8

inches
2.2
2.2
2.6
2.7
3.2
3.4
3.3
3.0
2.8
2.3
2.5
2.5
32.7

Local Seasons:

Due to the beautiful weather as well as numerous attractions, sights to see, and things to do, the summer tends to be the busiest time of the year. With average temperatures during this time of year slightly over 22 C (72F), it’s the perfect time to get out of doors and enjoy many of the activities available both in and around the city. Spring and fall are cooler but still comfortable enough for any type of activity. Both seasons are exceptionally lovely as Mother Nature produces spring colors as the blossoms bloom and the earth begins its transition back to green. Fall showers the visitor with vibrant colors as the leaves turn and winter arrives. The winter can be cold and it does snow, transforming the city into a postcard like picture: a picture where the visitor is seen sitting by a warm fire, enjoying a warm drink while dining on some of the area’s fine cuisine.

How to Get There:

By Car:

From elsewhere in Canada:

The southernmost City in Ontario, visitors can reach Windsor and environs via Hwy. 401, which terminates in Windsor. Signage for Windsor’s City Centre and Tunnel to U.S. is clearly marked off Hwy. 401, near the City, as is signage for the Ambassador Bridge to U.S.

From the United States:

Entry to Windsor, Canada, is via either the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel or Ambassador Bridge. The Tunnel is the only international sub aqueous car tunnel in the world. It has a maximum roadway depth of 75 feet beneath the river surface, is nearly a mile long and is the fast downtown connection between the heart of the City of Windsor and Detroit, Michigan. Transit Windsor also operates a “Tunnel Bus” service which shuttles between Windsor’s and Detroit’s City Centres, providing quick and easy access.

By Air

Windsor Airport

3200 County Rd. #42, R.R.#1
Windsor, ON N9A 6J3
519-969-2430
Windsor Airport, the convenient advantage for tourist, business and convention travelers, is located just minutes from downtown Windsor/Detroit and capable of handling aircraft of all sizes. Passenger services at the airport include restaurant/bar, cash machine, business centre, shuttle and taxi service, four car rental agencies and a full International wing with resident Customs. The terminal has been designed to be passenger friendly to minimize walking distance throughout the terminal and adjacent automated parking lots.

Detroit International Airport

Detroit, MI 48242

734-942-3550

Located directly across the U.S. border from Windsor, the airport is served by many of the recognizable worldwide airlines as well as many local and regional carriers.

By Train

VIA Rail

298 Walker Road
Windsor, ON N8Y 2M9
888-842-7245 (Canada or US)

Windsor’s VIA Rail station is a five-minute drive from the border, just off of Riverside Drive East. VIA provides direct service from Windsor to Toronto, stopping at points between and connecting to points east and west from Toronto. VIA tickets can be obtained directly by calling them, or from your travel agent.

Ground Transportation

Most of the major car rental companies, as well as taxi and limousine service is available at the airport as well as throughout the city. In addition, the Transit Windsor Shuttle (519-944-4111) bus includes a stop at Windsor Airport. In addition to public transit throughout the City of Windsor, it also provides group shuttle services by arrangement.

By Water

City Marina Lakeview Park Marina
9200 Riverside Drive East
2450 McDougall
Windsor, ON N8X 3N6
519-948-3383

Lakeview Park Marina is open seasonally mid-April through October, located approximately 6 miles East of Windsor’s City Centre, where the Detroit River meets Lake St. Clair. In addition to some 300 permanent wells, transit boaters are moored on the Little River and the Federal Wall as and when available.

How to Get Around:

Due to the many sights and attractions both in and around Windsor as well as the proximity to Detroit, the best way to get around is by either personal or rental car.

National Holidays:

New Years Day January 1

Good Friday Date Varies

Easter Monday Date Varies

Victoria Day Monday proceeding May 25

Canada Day July 1 (The Holidays Act provides that July 2 is Canada Day when July 1 Is a Sunday)

Labour Day First Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day Second Monday of October

Remembrance Day November 11

Christmas Day December 25

Boxing Day December 26

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Sandwich First Baptist Church
3652 Peter Street
Windsor, ON N9C 1J7

519-252-4917

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
Fugitive slaves who fled to Canada from the United States built the first black church in the area. The original log cabin was torn down in 1851 when the present building was erected. Designated a Historic Site in 1995, the church is open for regular services or group presentations by appointment.

Canada South Wine Tours
125 Tecumseh Rd. W.
Windsor, ON N8X 1E8
519-252-7966

Hours: Call for reservations

Admission Charged

Discover … Relax … Sip … Enjoy! Join a tour through the Lake Erie North Shore designated viticulture area in Canada’s most southerly coastal region. Spend the day visiting a variety of area wineries (lunch included).

Canadian Club Brand Heritage Center

2072 Riverside Drive East
Windsor, ON N8Y 4S5
519-254-5171

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Home of Hiram Walker & Sons Limited, distillers of Canadian Club whisky, founded on this site by Hiram Walker in 1858. The new ‘brand heritage’ tour showcases the production and history of Canadian Club, at Hiram Walker’s elegant executive building. In addition to some rum-running history and a video of the whisky-making process, visitors are treated to a tour of the building and will view the distiller’s famed Canadian art collection. Learn how to sample the product, enjoy a complimentary drink in the C.C. Bistro and take home an exclusive promotional souvenir.

Walker’s Fine Candies
1033 Wyandotte Street East
Windsor, ON N9A 3K3
519-253-2019
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free
Here, truffles are still hand-dipped and delectable treats are made the old fashioned way, with chocolate being melted in copper pots, and formed on marble slabs. Walker’s are also known for Peanut Toffee Ice Cream Topping!

Casino Windsor

377 Riverside Drive East
Windsor, ON N9A 7H7
519-258-7878

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free

Casino Windsor offers a total of 100,000 square feet (9,290 square metres) of gaming space.
There are almost 3,000 slot machines and over 130 table games, including premium slot and table games areas.

Windsor Raceway/Racetrack Slots

County Rd. 20 at Sprucewood
Windsor, ON N9A 6P6
519-969-8311

Hours: Open seven days a week from noon to midnight.

Admission Free

Offers a combination of live and simulcast wagering. Home to over 700 slot machines, the facility offers gaming 9 am-3 am, seven days a week.

Serbian Hetitage Museum
6770 Tecumseh Rd. E.
Windsor, ON N8T 1E6

519-944-4884
Hours: The museum is open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4pm.

Admission Charged

Windsor Wood Carving Museum
850 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, ON 519-977-0823
Hours: Open year round, 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Friday; and 10am-4pm Saturdays
Admission Charged
The only Wood Carving Museum in Ontario, an expansive one-room museum located downtown. Includes over 150 carvings.

Windsor’s Community Musuem
254 Pitt Street West
Windsor, ON N9A 5L5

519-253-1812
Hours: Open Tues-Sat 10am – 5pm year round; Sunday 2am – 5pm from May – September

Admission Charged
The Francois Baby House, which was built in 1812, offers exhibitions, displays and programs on area history. The Duff-Baby House and Interpretation Centre in Sandwich, believed to be the oldest continually occupied European settlement in Ontario, offers exhibits, walking tours, programs and special events.

Canada South Science City
930 Marion Ave.
Windsor, ON N9A 2J2

519-973-3667
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
Canada South Science City is one of the most exciting and challenging family and tourist attractions in Southwest Ontario, featuring over 100 hands-on interactive science and technology exhibits, an exotic café, a state of the art computer science lab, “bean bag theatre” and a host of other exhibits for visitors of all ages to enjoy!

Hyper Space
2475 McDougall
Windsor, ON N8X 3N9

519-969-5014
Hours: Open daily, year round. Call for seasonal hours

Admission Charged

Hyper Space is an exciting family indoor playland where children 12 months to 12 years and their parents can leap, crawl, climb, and play on equipment that has been designed with safety in mind.

Wheels The Skating Place
2475 McDougall
Windsor, ON N8X 3N9

519-969-4335

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Wheels The Skating Place is a clean, safe, well-supervised family rink that offers fun for all ages! In-line skates welcome at all sessions; roller skate rentals available on-site. A small mini-putt course is also available at Wheels.

XS Family Fun Centre
1930 Ambassador Drive
Windsor, ON N9C 3C3

519-972-6748
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
The latest in interactive video game centres, catering fun to all ages with go-karts, batting cages, laser tag and a huge arcade.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Canada South Science City
930 Marion Ave.
Windsor, Ontario N9A 2J2

519-973-3667
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
Canada South Science City is one of the most exciting and challenging family and tourist attractions in Southwest Ontario, featuring over 100 hands-on interactive science and technology exhibits, an exotic café, a state of the art computer science lab, “bean bag theatre” and a host of other exhibits for visitors of all ages to enjoy!

Hyper Space
2475 McDougall
Windsor, Ontario N8X 3N9

519-969-5014
Hours: Open daily, year round. Call for seasonal hours

Admission Charged

Hyper Space is an exciting family indoor playland where children 12 months to 12 years and their parents can leap, crawl, climb, and play on equipment that has been designed with safety in mind.

Wheels The Skating Place
2475 McDougall
Windsor, Ontario N8X 3N9

519-969-4335

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Wheels The Skating Place is a clean, safe, well-supervised family rink that offers fun for all ages! In-line skates welcome at all sessions; rollerskate rentals available on-site. A small mini-putt course is also available at Wheels.

XS Family Fun Centre
1930 Ambassador Drive
Windsor, Ontario N9C 3C3

519-972-6748
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
The latest in interactive video game centres, catering fun to all ages with go-karts, batting cages, laser tag and a huge arcade.

Walker’s Fine Candies
1033 Wyandotte Street East
Windsor, Ontario N9A 3K3
519-253-2019
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free
Here, truffles are still hand-dipped and delectable treats are made the old fashioned way, with chocolate being melted in copper pots, and formed on marble slabs. Walker’s are also known for Peanut Toffee Ice Cream Topping!

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

January

One Act Play Festival

Held in late January

Location: Theatre Windsor at Market Square

The Annual Play Writing Competition invites local playwrights to submit a one act play for judging. The Winning plays are produced on the Theatre Windsor stage in the Annual One Act Play Festival. This is a tremendous opportunity to enjoy the performance of local ideas.

Annual Polar Bear Dip & Dinner

Held in late January

Location: Lakeside Park Pavilion/Lake Erie, Kingsville

Annual Polar Bear Dip & Dinner. Proceeds Benefit the Youth & Family Resource Network & ChildCan.

February

Ojibway Winter Festival

Held in early February

Location: Ojibway Park, Windsor

Enjoy cross-country skiing, skating and winter wanders through the ‘wilds of Windsor’.

Windsor Canadian Music Festival

Held in mid February

Location: Assumption University Chapel, Windsor

519-977-1400

Chamber ensemble and solo performances of Canadian compositions.

Devonshire Mall Spring Homeshow

Held in mid February

Location: Devonshire Mall, Windsor

519-256-9134

Heritage Day

Held in mid February

Location: Fort Malden National Historic Site, Amherst burg

519-736-5416

Admission Free

Celebrating Canadian heritage. Refreshments for the whole family.

March

Annual Home Show

Held in early March

Location: Ciociaro Club, Windsor

519-948-3247
Presented by the Greater Windsor Home Builders’ Association.

Windsor Classic Indoor Games

Held in early march

Location: St. Denis Athletic Centre, Windsor

519-235-2300

Paralympic events in Track, Field, Swimming, Boccia, Wheelchair Tennis, Wheelchair Rugby, Goalball, Powerlifting and Sled Hockey.

Maple First Taste of Spring

Held in mid March

Location: John R Park, Homestead, Harrow

519-738-2029

Make Maple taffy in the snow; learn about the first taste of spring in pioneer times.

Colasantis March Break Madness Celebration

Held in mid March

Location: Tropical Gardens, Kingsville

519-326-3287

Let Colasanti’s show you a tropical cure for the March Break Boredom Blues. Visit the zoo featuring Animal Encounter Shows that run daily throughout the week. Create art with one of the open craft classes, enjoy a pony ride, or enter the colouring contest. Play 18-hole indoor mini golf, play on the indoor Little Tykes playground, or enjoy the arcade. Super Sleuths beware; the scavenger hunt will stump even the best of detectives.

Maple March Break

Held in mid March

Location: John R Park Homestead & Conservation Area, Harrow

519-738-2029

Kids, accompanied by adults, try all the steps in maple syrup making and enjoy a taste of fresh sugar.

Maple Moon

Held in mid March

Location: John R Park Homestead & Conservation Area, Harrow

519-738-2029

Join in an old fashioned sugaring off party by candlelight.

Colasanti’s Easter Extravaganza

Held around Easter

Location: Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens, Kingsville

519-326-3287

Start the Easter weekend festivities on Good Friday by joining in on the Easter Egg Hunt and then venture inside and take part in all of the activities!

April

Cherry Blossom Festival

Held in mid April

Location: Fujisawa Zen Garden, Essex

519-776-4459
See beautiful blossoms of the Japanese Sakura tree, only in bloom for a short time. Many activities and cultural shows held over two weekends. Tea ceremonies performed.

Windsor Home and Leisure Show

Held in late April

Location: St. Denis Centre, Windsor

519-256-9434

One of the largest home shows in Windsor and Essex County featuring home renovations and improvements.

May

Festival of Birds

Held all of May

Location: Point Pelee National Park of Canada, Leamington

519-322-2365

Special events, hikes and birding programs.

June

Carousel by the River Expo

Held in mid June

Location: Riverfront Festival Plaza, Windsor

519-255-1127

The world on your doorstep! Carousel by the River brings together cultural displays, unique arts and crafts, exotic food and live entertainment from countries around the globe…all at a beautiful riverfront location!

Carousel of the Nations

Held in mid June

Location: Varies throughout Windsor

519-255-1127

Take a trip around the globe, as you visit the cultural “villages” set up throughout the city, each featuring cultural displays, unique arts and crafts, delicious food and exotic entertainment.

International Freedom Festival

a two-week celebration honoring the birth of both Canada and the U.S. which takes place in Windsor and Detroit in late June and early July. The fireworks display is one of the largest in North America: It is usually held on a weeknight in the last week of June.

July

Canada Day Festivities

Held in early July

Location: Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada, Amherstburg

519-736-5416

Admission Free

Fort Malden and the community of Amherst burg kick up their heels for the annual birthday celebration of the country. Music, blackpowder demonstrations and fireworks are the highlights of the birthday festivities.

Windsor Theatre Festival

Held in late July – early August

Location: CNR Park, Windsor

519-564-09712

Live Theatre.

September

Devonshire Mall Fall Homeshow

Held in late September – early October

Location: Devonshire Mall, Windsor

519-256-9434

Annual home show.

October

Legends of the Night

Held in late October

Location: Point Pelee National Park of Canada, Leamington

519-322-2365

Join an interpreter at the campfire and take a walk on a jack-o-lantern lit trail.

November

Winter Exhibit

Held mid November – late April

Location: The Windsor Wood Carving Museum, Windsor

519-977-0823

Included are carvings from Quebec and Michigan. Wildlife, wildfowl, historical carvings, a life-size sculpture of Tecumseh, a bust of Cadillac, and famous citizens from Windsor’s last 100 years.

December

Bright Nights

Held early December – mid March

Location: Civic Esplanade, Windsor

519-971-0950

This unique seasonal light show illuminates Downtown Windsor from City Hall Square through Charles Clark Square ending at the Civic Green on the waterfront. It consists of several themed areas and 175 light displays and hosts several winter events and activities.

Arts & Entertainment

Capitol Theatre & Arts Centre
121 University Avenue West
Windsor, Ontario N9A 5P4

519-253-8065

Admission Charged
Community arts centre featuring a variety of performances. The building was recently restored to an original 1920 appearance.

Chrysler Theatre
Cleary International Centre201 Riverside Drive West
Windsor, Ontario N9A 5K4

519-252-8311
Houses one of the largest performing arts theatre in Ontario. Chrysler Theatre features a panoramic view of the Detroit River and skyline, providing a luxurious setting to enjoy the finest entertainment offered today. A variety of performances: classical, theatrical, pop, rock and family entertainment.

Mark Breslin’s Yuk Yuk’s Comedy

Telephone375 Ouellette Avenue – Upper
Windsor, Ontario N9A 7B4

519-256-5233

Call for the latest show schedule!

Stand up comedy with dinner show packages available.

Purple Theatre Company
3277 Sandwich St.
Windsor, Ontario N9C 1A9

519-255-7600
The Purple Theatre Company is one of Canada’s premier producers of original live theatre. Since 1995, the PTC has brought quality entertainment to stages across southwestern Ontario. Often innovative, sometimes edgy, sometimes painfully hilarious and always entertaining, these shows present an outstanding alternative to the ones visitors have already seen.

Theatre Alive
5165 Halford Rd.
Windsor, Ontario N9E 4M3

519-969-0660
Theatre Alive is an incorporated, non-profit community theatre organization that produces large-scale musicals at the Cleary International Centre. Professional shows at a great price!

Theatre Windsor
2109 Ottawa St. at Market Square
Windsor, Ontario N8X 1R8

519-944-1968
This community theatre group produces full-length plays, murder mysteries and one-act plays. In that roster of plays have been numerous family-oriented Christmas shows.

University Players
401 Sunset Avenue University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4

519-253-3000

Performances scheduled from September to April.
University Players is the theatre company of the School of Dramatic Art, University of Windsor. Professional-style shows found right in the heart of campus.

Windsor Light Opera Association

2491 Jos.St.Louis
Windsor, Ontario N8T 2M4

519-974-6593
Windsor Light Opera is a community based amateur musical performance company of talented people that has thrilled Windsor area audiences since 1948. WLO produce major musicals each April and November at the Chrysler Theatre in Windsor’s City Centre.

Windsor Symphony Orchestra
487 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, Ontario N9A 4J2

519-973-1238
The WSO performs five major series: the flagship Premier Classics and the popular Pops Celebration are performed at the Chrysler Theatre; two chamber series, Mozart & More and Bach and Beyond are performed in Assumption University Chapel; and our series for families and a young audience, Family Jamboree.