Chart your course through Canada’s southernmost region – Windsor Essex, Ontario.
A sea of greenery…a paradise of produce…a waterway of immense pleasure and opportunity… trails on the forefront of outdoor captivation and retreat…These are just some of the snapshots of life which can be easily created here.
Comprising over 400,000 citizens, our region strikes a balance between the progressive pulse of a mid-sized city and the ability to escape to the serene beauty of our county.
Let us show you our heritage as you learn about the birthplace of Canadian whiskey by touring the largest distillery in Canada at J.P. Wiser’s. Or, head to the Chimczuk Museum, a must-see showcasing the area’s incredible history and calling out to the historical significance of the Underground Railroad, the rum-running days of Prohibition, or learn about the birthplace of the automotive industry in Canada.
We have an EPIC Wine Country, where we are positioned on the same latitude as the Tuscany region in Italy and Northern California’s Napa Valley; our terroir provides vintners with the perfect growing season and yielding some of the world’s finest wines along the Lake Erie North Shore. We invite you to sample that perfection at any of our wineries – now nearly 20 strong!
If you’re a fan of other libations, check out the Barrels Bottles & Brews Trail in the “pursuit of hoppiness”! You’ll experience the history of Canadian Whisky, Prohibition, and enjoy a flight of craft beer or small batch-ultra premium spirits.
Outdoor enthusiasts of every persuasion enjoy world-class bird-watching at Point Pelee National Park, spectacular eco-tourism adventures along foot and bike pathways and the divine seasonal scents of surrounding green pastures, meadows, parkland and spectacular golfing.
Windsor’s riverfront parks, located on the banks of the historic Detroit River, stretch over 8 kilometers (or 5 miles) and offer a panorama of enticing vista points. The Great Canadian Flag acts as a beacon welcoming visitors to Canada and our region, while Dieppe Gardens pays tribute to fallen soldiers during World War II through various monuments and brilliantly colored annuals and perennials. This is also the location where close to 20 cruise ships dock seasonally; the Port of Windsor has become the port of choice, as this number has grown substantially over the last few years. The Peace Fountain at Coventry Gardens boasts myriad light and water-spray patterns, and the Windsor Sculpture Park is a unique outdoor ”museum without walls.” Off in the distance is the iconic Ambassador Bridge, North America’s busiest border-crossing, connecting Windsor to our northerly neighbours, Detroit, Michigan.
Moving further inland, an incredible variety of dining options await, many using fresh, local ingredients. The nightlife is scintillating in ambience, eclectic music notes and social exchanges. Caesars Windsor brings Las Vegas to the region with big-name concerts, an endless culinary variety of eateries, high-end luxury accommodations and amenities, and a 24/7 world-class casino which knows how to exhilarate visitors and gaming aficionados alike.
With our rich and versatile tapestry of tourism offerings, there is much cache value to be proud of in our region. From our EPIC wineries and passion for food to birding and outdoor excursions, from gaming and nightlife to culture and heritage, where can WE take you? WE look forward to showcasing our region and providing experiential tourism at its best.