Windsor, Ontario, also known as the “City of Roses” or the “Automotive Capital of Canada” is the 23rd largest and southernmost city in Canada. Windsor straddles the southern shore of the Detroit River and boasts some of the warmest temperatures in the country. The city of Windsor sits on the same line of latitude as Rome, Italy as well as Northern California and is home to a diverse ecosystem and some of Canada’s richest farmlands.
Windsor covers an area of 146 square kilometers, is home to 220,000 Canadians and is the largest city in Essex County surrounded by several smaller communities, including Tecumseh, LaSalle and Belle River. Windsor is also home to one of the country’s most ethnically diverse populations and is a historic landing zone for many immigrants. The city can be easily accessed via Highway 401.
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Historically, Windsor is one of the oldest communities in Canada originally settled in 1749 and is the oldest continually inhabited European founded settlement in Canada west of Montreal. It was first known as La Petite Côte, or “little coast”, with a comparatively shorter shoreline to its sister city Detroit Michigan. As the city grew, several historic townships have now been integrated to become historic neighbourhoods of Windsor including Sandwich, Ford City and Walkerville.
What is there to do in Windsor?
The city parks and recreation department maintains 3000 acres of green space including 180 parks and over 64 kilometres of trails. The Windsor trail network is linked to LaSalle at its west end and will eventually be linked to the Chrysler Canada Greenway as part of the Trans-Canadian Trail. These trails are ideal for hiking, biking, and horseback riding and allow citizens to explore the area and its natural spaces.
In terms of tourism, the city has many attractions. Its 5 kilometre Riverfront Park looking out on the Detroit skyline contains Windsor’s sculpture park, which features a variety of contemporary works from a diverse array of artists. Windsor is also home to one of the countries best symphonies, largest casinos and is home to the 2017 Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires. The city features a variety of internationally respected festivals throughout the year – including the countries second most attended International Film Festival (WIFF) – and a variety of food and music festivals including Fork and Cork Festival, Blues Fest International and Art in the Park among many others. The region is also home to a large number of independent wineries that offer tours and excursions throughout the year. As for natural attractions, the Ganatchio Trail and Ojibway Park feature unique biodiversity only found within this region of the country. Windsor is also just a short drive from Point Pelee National Park.
Detroit, Education and Every day Life in Windsor.
For even more tourism options, look no further than across the river to Detroit, Michigan, which is historically one of the greatest cultural centres in North American history. With four professional sports teams within a 15 minute drive of the border and a plethora of art galleries, museums and music venues, area residents are seldom hard-pressed for entertainment options. Detroit is also home to a bustling restaurant scene with a variety of high-end culinary options. Windsor also sits nicely between several larger communities throughout the Northeast being only a 4 Hour drive from Toronto and Chicago respectively.
In terms of education, the University of Windsor, as well as St. Clair College, provide a wide array of learning options for students of all ages. Recent investments from both schools have brought many of the creative education sectors to the downtown area, bolstering its resurgence and cultural value.
In regards to day to day city life/management, Windsor has not issued a tax increase in several years and is a safe and liveable community. Windsor is also surrounded by four of the safest communities in Canada (Amherstburg, LaSalle, Tecumseh and Lakeshore). Citizens of Windsor are known to be affable, down to earth and hard-working with a strong sense of community pride.
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