Discover the windsor-essex waterfront lifestyle


Windsor-Essex County is the most southern point of Canada, located about 4 hours south-west of Toronto. With Lake Erie to the south, the Detroit River to the west, and Lake St. Clair to the north, our climate is heavily influenced by the water and we get to enjoy long summers and short winters! In fact, we are the warmest county in the province of Ontario, with a robust manufacturing and agriculture center. It has a rapidly expanding tourism industry thanks in part to the 18 local wineries and 15 craft breweries. The area also has an extensive 800-mile network of walking and biking trails ... which we absolutely love!

We might be biased, but we believe that our opportunities for boating, fishing, kayaking, and paddle-boarding are truly unrivaled. A drive along our historic coast offers one breathtaking waterview after another. Our sunsets ... are spectacular! so many wonderful things to explore ... below are a few highlights!

We hope you enjoy!

Bill & Tilda


I may, or may not have fallen into the lake ... trying to stand up on a paddleboard for the first time ... Watch the video to find out!

We hope you enjoy the tour as much as we loved creating it for you, and it inspires you to take more time to enjoy life and make memories with those you love. After all, life's too short!


1. CWATS (County Wide Transportation System)

Essex County, with its flat terrain and stunning shoreline Vistas, is home to some of the best bicycling and walking opportunities in the province - if not the country. The CWATS trail system leverages these natural attributes and is building an ever-expanding trail and pathway system that will link seven local municipalities with an ever-expanding network of 800 kilometers of trails. These trails are easy to use as they link up local wineries and historic sites.

2. Adventure Bay Family Park

With over 35,000 square feet of wild water features you can make a splash at Adventure Bay. This indoor waterpark is Southwestern Ontario’s newest and wildest family water park! Located in Windsor’s downtown core you can soak up the fun with an ocean of impressive features. Ten water slides, surf simulator, wave pool, activity pool, lazy river and so much more! There is even a play area for the little ones. Just minutes away from hotels amenities and the Detroit-Windsor border!

3. Windsor Waterfront

Take a stroll on the Windsor Waterfront trail on the beautiful boardwalk that offers magnificent views of the Detroit skyline. If you start at the base of the Ambassador Bridge, you'll have the best place in town to catch the sunset. Just east of the bridge you will find the Windsor Sculpture Park highlighting over thirty large works of art from world-renowned artists. The best part is it's free. Working your way east you'll make your way through Centennial Park and Steamboat wharf and end up in Dieppe Gardens that are dedicated to Canadians who lost their lives at Dieppe in WWII.

4. Canadian Aviation Museum

This museum is home to Windsor’s own Lancaster bomber and Mosquito fighter is located at the Windsor airport in Canadian Historical hangar at the west end of the airport just south of airport road. They maintain a fleet of flyable historic aircraft. The museums pilots volunteer their time and take these aircraft to air shows in the area so people everywhere can experience these types of aircraft. The flying fleet includes DeHavilland Chipmunks, Boeing Stearman Biplane and Harvard.

5. Windsor Spitfires Hockey at the WFCU Centre

The WFCU Centre in Windsor is home to the Ontario Hockey League Major Junior A division and 3-time Memorial cup Champions. The 6500 seat WFCU Centre also hosts major concerts, Broadway shows, family shows and sporting events.

6. Historic Fort Malden

A defense fortification that was built in Amherstburg in 1795 by Britain to the secure of British North America against any potential American invasion. It is known mostly for its military application in the war of 1812. It was a British stronghold during the war. The fort is open to the public and visitors are able to see for themselves a wide array of history as all buildings in the complex represent different time periods within that history.

7. John R Park Homestead

A visit to John R Park Homestead Conservation area will have you feeling like you have just stepped back in time to the 1850’s John and Amelia Park's farm buildings and home have been restored to their 1842 glory, complete with furniture and décor. You can experience baking on the hearth in the kitchen and enjoy constructive wood classes. There is an 1855 steam engine powered sawmill, as well as a blacksmith shop where the homestead offers forging classes. Located just East of Oxley on the shore of Lake Erie.

8. Canadian Heritage Transportation Museum

The Canadian Heritage Transportation Museum is located just south of Essex and situated on a 100 acre site housing one of the largest transportation museums in Ontario, a Heritage Village with over 20 buildings dating from 1800s-1920s, and the only Ambulance museum in Canada. It's home to one of the finest collections of classic antique and vintage vehicles in Canada. From horse drawn wagons right up to a 1992 Dodge Viper - you'll find a full representation of vehicles made right here in SW Ontario throughout the 20th century.

9. Lake Erie North Shore Wine Route

With thirteen wineries and as many restaurants stretching along the northern shoreline of Lake Erie, Canada's southernmost wine region enjoys one of the longest growing seasons in Canada. It benefits from the quick summer warming of the shallow waters of Lake Erie, as well as from an abundance of sunshine during the growing season. Early harvests are the norm, with picking usually beginning at the end of August and late-harvest varieties often reaching their peak by late October. Excellent conditions for growing high quality red, white, rose, sparkling and ice wine.

10. The Motor City and Henry Ford Museum

Detroit Michigan is a city with a deep connection to the automotive industry. The most influential factor in Detroit’s reputation as an auto industry hub is that the city is the birthplace of Henry Ford and Ransom Old’s. Henry ford was the innovator responsible for what is now known as Ford. Ransom Old’s was the brains behind the Oldsmobile brand. Today Detroit is home to Henry Ford Museum one of the largest automobile collections in the world.

11. Detroit Pro Sports Teams

There are few cities that enjoy sports more than Detroiters. If you love football the Detroit Lions that play in the NFL is the local team and games are played at Ford Field. If you're interested in Baseball - right next door is the Detroit Tigers home Comerica Park. If Basketball or Hockey are your thing - right across the street is Little Caesars arena home of the Detroit Pistons of the NBA and Detroit Red Wings of the NHL. All these world-class venues also host major concerts and family attractions throughout the year.

12. Detroit Music

Detroit is a city with a diverse population and each of the unique cultures that have settled in Detroit brought with them rich musical traditions that has produced massive contributions to the US music scene. Detroit is the home of Motown Records which was critical to the popularity of African American Musicians. Detroit has also produced tons of big names from the Rock'n Roll genre, including Bob Segar, Kid Rock, Ted Nugent. It is even the home of rapper, Eminem. There are always popular artists and concerts at the many venues during the year.

13. Detroit Theatre

Detroit has the second largest theatre district in the USA next to New York. From stage theatre to dance and even magic shows - Detroit’s stages have it all. One of the most famous venues for performing arts in Detroit is the Fox Theatre. The building commissioned in 1928 was one of the very first movie houses and came equipped for popular films of the era. The Fox’s stunning design is worthy of a visit even without seeing a performance. The Fisher is another stunning building that was originally used as a movie house. Today it is primarily used for Broadway Productions.

14. Belle Isle Park

A Michigan State Park, well known for its beauty and attractions, situated on a 987-acre island in the Detroit River just moments from downtown Detroit. Visitors enjoy stunning views and quiet reflection away from the bustle of the city. It includes a conservatory to view plants and wildlife, an aquarium, even athletic fields. In the summer it is even home to an Indy Car race. Visitors can rent various equipment to enjoy while in the park and there are several picnic areas to enjoy a quiet meal with loved ones.

15. Detroit Metropolitan International Airport

Detroit Metropolitan International Airport is one of the leading hubs with more than 1100 flights per day. It is the Northeastern Home to Delta Airlines. As one of Deltas hub cities you can enjoy direct and connecting flight to thousand of vacation and other destination throughout the world. With 140 nonstop destinations and over thirty-six million annual passengers that fly to four continents daily.

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