This brand-splashing-new indoor water park is the perfect family fun destination for a few hours, the whole day or an entire weekend. Covering a full block in downtown Windsor, Adventure Bay is filled with all kinds of awesome ways to get soaked. Make a splash in the Wave Pool, a beach-style entry pool with waves up to 1.5 metres. Ride the Python, a twisting, turning and thrilling labyrinth of tubes. Give the Whizzard a whirl and see how hydro-dynamic you are. Catch some bodacious surf on the Flow Rider, a body-boarding experience that uses jet propelled water to simulate waves. Dive into more details at www.adventurebay.ca.
Strap on your helmet and explore Windsor Essex Pelee Island on two wheels because this is the new “go-to” destination for cycling enthusiasts. Pedal your way along scenic pathways and routes, like the Chrysler Canada Greenway, rare Carolinian forest trails in Ojibway Park, and wine country tours complete with vineyard lunches. The popular Windsor Riverfront Trail, stretching along the Detroit River for eight kilometres is a definite must, while the Boardwalk Trail takes you through the largest protected remaining native prairie in Ontario. The riding possibilities go on and on, unlike this space.
Olde Walkerville is the birthplace of whisky in Canada and it is still distilled here today at Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd,. North America’s largest beverage distillery, making 48 million litres of alcohol every year. The tradition continues with a new generation of craft brewers and distillers. Take on the Barrels Bottles & Brews Trail challenge with a handy Passport (also available in an app) and savour the region’s best handcrafted beer and spirits.
This place is for the birds! And we wouldn’t want it any other way. With over 380 species of birds, our region is one of the best “hot spots” in North America for birding. From the marshes and ponds to the lakes and rivers, thousands of visitors flock to Point Pelee National Park to bask in the sights, sounds and simple wonders of nature taking flight. A natural treasure drawing 300,000 visitors each year, this tranquil setting also offers endless stretches of beach, lush wild forests and meandering marshlands.
5. Major Sporting Events
We’re just the ticket for sports fans. With Detroit just across the river, there’s no shortage of major sporting events around here. From Windsor, you can quickly and easily cross Detroit-Windsor Tunnel and catch the Tigers at Comerica Park, the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena and the Lions at Ford Field. Right here in Windsor, our very own OHL champion Windsor Spitfires and the dynamic NBL Windsor Express routinely thrill the crowds at the WFCU Centre. We will also play host to the 2014 Ontario Summer Games, 2016 FINA World Diving Championships and 2016 CARHA Hockey World Cup.
6. Epic Wine
Raise a glass in Windsor Essex Pelee Island and sample our award-winning wines. We’re home to nearly 20 wineries, producing everything from Chardonnay to Cabernet. For the ultimate wine experience, take one of our many available tours, including half day, full day, bike and bus options. To learn more, please visit www.epicwineries.com.
If you’re looking for nonstop gaming excitement, big name entertainment and vibrant nightlife, you’ve hit the jackpot here. At the centre of it all is Caesars Windsor, majestically perched along Windsor’s riverfront. As Canada’s largest casino resort, Caesars Windsor offers a world-class experience where a great time is always in the cards! The stage at The Colosseum at Caesars has hosted an incredible variety of the biggest names in music and entertainment, including Reba, Martina McBride, Ringo Starr, Drake, The Band Perry, Weezer, George Lopez, Russell Peters, and many more.
8. 100 Mile Peninsula Coastline
When we say we’re “the shore with more,” we’re not exaggerating. As a peninsula surrounded by Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River, our region offers mile after mile of picturesque uninterrupted shoreline. Whether you choose to explore it by car, boat, bike or motorcycle, you’ll find yourself in awe of the waterways, scenic routes, beaches and riverfront paths that make up our seemingly endless coastal landscape.
9. Festivals & Events
Around here, our festival season lasts throughout the year with one amazing event after another. From arts to antiques, books to blues, and film to food, we have something for just about every interest and taste. Eleven of our festivals have the distinction of being Top 100 Festivals as ranked by Festivals and Events Ontario.
10. Pelee Island
Caressed by the gentle blue waters of Lake Erie, Pelee Island is an oasis beckoning with its calm and natural splendor. Take a relaxing ferry ride to this gem of an island and spend the day, weekend or longer. Let life’s daily pressures fade away as you bask in the golden sunshine and cool lake breezes of Canada’s southernmost community. Hike, bike, swim, tour the winery, or dine and stay at one of the island’s charming bed and breakfasts. Once you visit, chances are you’ll find yourself returning again and again.