& Self-Guided Tours
Windsor, Ontario is our friendly Canadian sister city to the south
across the Detroit
River. That's right, it's Detroit the only major city in Canada where
entering the United States
actually requires traveling north!
Just a few-minute drive via the Ambassador Bridge
or the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, Windsor
is a great destination to add to your list of things to do while in the Detroit area. In addition to a safe and walkable downtown
with an abundance of history, culture, shopping, dining, and nightlife, Windsor offers some of
the best views of the Detroit
skyline and river freighters.
Due to increased
post-9/11 security, wait times at the bridge and tunnel can vary (check the
bridge and tunnel websites below for up-to-date traffic reports).
Make sure to
bring proof of citizenship. A passport
or a combination of birth certificate and government-issued photo
identification (driver's license) is required.
Don’t' forget to
stop at the duty free shops located on both sides of the border for some
exchange rate before you go -- Windsor can be a true bargain at the right
3400 West Lafayette Blvd., Detroit
Completed in 1929, the Ambassador
Bridge is the longest international suspension bridge in the world and a
majestic symbol of the strong bond between Detroit and Windsor. It is also the busiest international border crossing in
North America in terms of trade volume (more than 25% of all merchandise
trade between the United States and Canada crosses the bridge). Start your journey to Windsor with a trip
across this impressive structure.
Sandwich Towne [B]
Street and the University of Windsor
Founded in 1789, Olde Sandwich Towne was the first
urban settlement in Windsor and the first significant migration of
English-speaking people into the area.
Sandwich developed over the following
decades as the seat of government and the courts for the County of Essex. It still retains a number of buildings from
this era of historical significance and which exemplify the neo-classical and
Georgian styles of architecture prevalent during the first half of the 19th
century. Of particular historic
significance is the Mackenzie Hall courthouse built in 1855 and the Sandwich
First Baptist Church, an important gathering place for fugitive
slaves that escaped the south via the Underground
Odette Sculpture Park
Between Huron Church Road
& Church Street,
This unique park offers visitors the
opportunity to view over 31 large-scale, internationally recognized
sculptures by world-renowned artists in a fabulous outdoor setting. Odette
is located on the shores of the Detroit
River in the Ambassador
and Centennial Parks.
The park is free, open year-round, and parking is abundant. Continuing east along the shoreline brings
you to Dieppe Park, in the heart of Windsor, and the spot that affords the best
view of the Detroit
skyline. The Art Gallery of Windsor is also located here and downtown is just steps
Vicinity of Oulette and
University Avenues, Windsor
Windsor has all the big city amenities in a
relatively small and accessible footprint.
The downtown area is highly walkable and offers an abundance of
museums, galleries, theatres, shops, and restaurants. An acclaimed bar scene and the exciting Caesars Windsor Casino are highlights of Windsor's nightlife and
entertainment options. Not far out of
the downtown area is the huge Devonshire Mall and the recently added Windsor
Crossing Premium Outlets. A visit to
the downtown area alone could easily capture you for an entire day!
Walker Brand Center [E]
2072 Riverside Drive East, Windsor
The Brand Center is located
within the Canadian Club company's beautiful world headquarters built in 1894
by Hiram Walker. Known as the Whisky Palace for its impeccable exterior
design and ornate interior, it is one of the last remaining fragments of the Walker empire. Opened in 1894 along the east riverfront,
the building is
an outstanding example of Italian Renaissance architecture. The street façade and other features,
external and internal, were copied from a variety of European palaces and
grand houses. Hiram Walker worked here
as did his sons and grandsons.
Visitors can tour the building, discover the company's origins, and
learn about the Canadian Club whisky-making process.
Ford City [F]
Bordered by Drouillard Road on the West,
Westminster on the East, & Tecumseh Road on the South
The prosperity that
accompanied the dawn of the automotive age in the early 1900s was not
confined to Detroit. In 1904, Ford Motor Company of Canada was
founded in this former French parish known as Notre Dame du Lac located on
the east side of the city. Ford's
Canadian headquarters eventually moved to Oakville, Ontario,
but the impact on the area and the historical significance remained. The area's rich history is featured in a
number of outdoor murals found throughout the city.
465 Goyeau Street, Windsor
On your way into Windsor you had the opportunity to
travel above the Detroit River. Now is
your chance to travel under it! Opened
for traffic in 1930, the mile-long Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is the only
underwater international vehicular border crossing in the world and the
second busiest border crossing between the United States and Canada behind
the Ambassador Bridge. The tunnel is considered an engineering
marvel with its construction involving the dredging of over 700,000 tons of
earth from the river bottom and the installation of over 250,000 tiles to
line the tunnel walls.
Number of Destinations: 7
Overall Tour Time:
Me to Rent a Car!!!
Pointe & Nautical Mile
Freeman Walls Historic
Essex County, & Pelee Island
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