Population: 287,069 (2016)
Windsor is tied closely to its surrounding communities, with a storied history that celebrates diversity & culture and is committed to enhancing quality of life. A border settlement community, Windsor has strong historical ties as a major entry point into Canada for refugees from slavery via the Underground Railroad, a major source of liquor during American Prohibition and a site of conflict during the War of 1812. If you’re coming here from a larger city center, you’ll enjoy driving immensely. The E.C. Row Expressway runs from east to west, meaning you can travel across the entire city in just 20 minutes!
The downtown riverfront plaza is where all of the action begins. The riverfront trail stretches 5 kilometres along the Detroit River from the Ambassador suspension bridge past the contemporary Windsor Sculpture Park with unobstructed views of the Detroit Skyline. The waterfront engages the Windsor-Essex community and its visitors by hosting a number of amazing festivals which take place every weekend all summer long including: Rib Fest, Windsor Colour Run, Summer Fest, Festival Epicure and the Bluesfest. The annual Freedom Festival at the end of June features a fireworks display that is considered the biggest and most elaborate in all of North America. Windsor is also the home of the only Caesars Casino in all of Canada hosting world class gaming, entertainment and events all year long. Home to 2 hospitals, an international airport, the University of Windsor, St. Clair College, City transit, Via Railway station and diverse options for Worship. The 2 busiest border crossings in all of Canada will lead you to straight to world class professional sports & entertainment where you can take in a Detroit Tigers (MLB), Detroit Lions (NFL), Detroit Pistons (NBA) or a Detroit Red Wings (NHL) game at the brand new, state-of-the-art, Little Caesars Arena - all just 20 minutes away! The vibrant downtown hub, bustling Walkerville and Little Italy are areas that you will not want to miss with unique businesses, incredible bars and options for dining. Windsor is known for its Italian, Greek, and Middle Eastern cuisine and the city is renowned internationally for its pizza!
Windsor’s Department of Parks and Recreation maintains 3,000 acres of green space, 180 parks and 64 km of trails within the city limits.The Windsor trail network is linked to the LaSalle Trail in the west end, and is to eventually be linked to the Chrysler Canada Greenway (part of the Trans Canada Trail).
Windsor has an extremely diverse housing market with home prices starting under $100,000 and ranging up to and well beyond $5,000,000 so there is literally something for everyone. The housing market has heated up over the past few years as there is a lot of growth and transformation occurring in the area offering lots of opportunity for those who work in skilled trades or entrepreneurs at heart. With an unemployment rate below the national average, Windsor's economy is primarily based on manufacturing, tourism/hospitality, education, healthcare and government service. Windsor is a major contributor to Canada's automotive industry. Known as the "Automotive Capital of Canada", Windsor's industrial and manufacturing heritage is responsible for how the city has developed through the years and the diversifying economy is also represented by companies involved pharmaceuticals, alternative energy, insurance, internet and technology.
The advantages of living in a smaller city are endless. If you’re looking for more space and time for your family and are tired of spending hours in your car commuting, we think you will love Windsor!
Some Things in Windsor That You Won’t Want to Miss:
WFCU Center - Entertainment & Sports Complex
The Art Gallery of Windsor
Riverfront Festival Plaza
Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery
University of Windsor
St. Clair College Center of the Arts
Adventure Bay Water Park & Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre
Windsor-Detroit Freedom Festival/Fireworks
Windsor Colour Run