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Teetering on the western peninsula of Ontario, Windsor is the tenth largest city in the province. Its location south of the Detroit River and just across the border from the United States probably explains why Windsor is best known for smuggling liquor over the border during the 1930s American prohibition. Today, Windsor is more famous for its extensive riverside parkland and as home the University of Windsor. Host to a number of annual events such as the International Freedom Festival and International Film Festival, as well as a popular club scene and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, this growing city is undoubtedly one of Canada’s most up and coming multicultural destinations.
Downtown — Downtown is home to the Art Gallery of Windsor and a number of museums and recreation facilities. Also popular for its energetic nightlife, even if the weather’s cold out you’ll enjoy the warmth of the Canadian hospitality.
Via Italia — From traditional pizza to high-quality Italian delicacies and unpretentious cafes, there’s something for everyone in Windsor’s Little Italy. Via Italia also has a range of fashionable clothing boutiques where you’ll find all the latest styles.
Walkerville — Walkerville is where Windsor’s most beautiful homes are located, including Willistead Manor and Willistead Park. Designed and built in the early 20th century, the neighbourhood offers a wonderful dose of the lavish architecture of the era, while the park holds many community events including the annual ‘Art in the Park’ festival.
Riverside —Riverside Park runs the full length of the Downtown district. In summer, its trails are a popular location for cycling, rollerblading and river fishing, while in winter it offers ice-kissed views across to Detroit. Amble to the far western end to discover Windsor Sculpture Park, complete with over 30 contemporary pieces.
Extending for some three miles along the banks of the river, Windsor’s riverfront trail is the best place to come for uninterrupted views of Detroit’s impressive skyline. Otherwise, experience some of Canada’s famous vistas with a jaunt out of town. The city is located equidistant between the languid crystal waters of the enormous Lake Erie and the smaller but equally beautiful Lake St. Clair. For a real experience of a lifetime, take a day trip to Niagara Falls. Take your pick of boat tours here, or simply enjoy the falls illuminated by night – a truly breathtaking spectacle.
Between them, the Art Gallery of Windsor and the Windsor Community Museum promise a broad spectrum of international and home-grown artists. Add some sculpture to your culture with a trip to Windsor Sculpture Park and if you fancy a flutter, don’t miss a trip to the city’s casino – complete with its very own indoor pool. After a day of sightseeing and fun-packed activities, top it all off with a tipple of Windsor’s famous local whiskey. You’ll soon see why this city is such a popular tourist destination.