Windsor, Canada

Ontario’s Alluring International Gateway

Situated on the Southern shore of the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair, Windsor, Ontario, lies at the western end of the heavily populated Quebec City-Windsor Corridor.

This chief port of entry between Canada and The United States is often referred to as “the City of Roses” and “the Automotive Capital of Canada.” Strategically located at the center of the Great Lakes Basin directly across from Detroit Michigan, that city’s skyline is visible from Windsor’s shores and separated from it only by the Detroit River. While traveling north, this southernmost Canadian city marks the only border crossing entering the U.S. mainland.

Windsor Facts

  • Eddie Francis, a Lebanese-Canadian and former mayor of Windsor, was 29 years old when he was first elected in 2003, making him the youngest person to have served in this capacity.
  • Windsor is home to many restaurants and is known for its pizza.
    The minimum drinking age in Windsor is 19 while it is 21 in Detroit just across the river.
  • Casino Windsor was an instant success as it opened five years before casinos opened in Detroit.
  • Windsor sells items that are not available in the United States, although it is just across the river. Some of these goods include imported foods, Cuban cigars and less costly prescription drugs.
  • Casino Windsor is one of the few smoke-free casinos in North America and has been so since May of 2006.
  • Windsor’s mild climate provides a natural environment of Carolinian forests and prairie ecosystems that is unique in Canada.


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