Visitor Guide

Planning a trip to Windsor Essex and need some more information? Check out our Official Visitor Guide online and explore the plenty of reasons you’re gonna love it here, or order your print copy today.


Getting Here

By plane, train, bus or car, it’s easy to find your way to Windsor Essex!

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Windsor’s train station operates out of the historic Olde Walkerville district and is just a short cab or bus ride from the city centre. There are three daily departures and return trips along the Windsor-Toronto corridor with VIA Rail.

For more details or to book tickets now click viarail.ca.

greyhoundGreyhound Canada provides convenient and frequent bus service between Windsor Essex and the rest of Ontario as beyond including Michigan, Ohio, and New York. The Greyhound bus will arrive at the Transit Windsor central bus terminal, centrally located in downtown Windsor.

For more details or to book tickets now click greyhound.ca.

150px-Windsor_Airport_Logo.svgWindsor International Airport, Your Quick Gateway (YQG), is conveniently located just 15 minutes from downtown Windsor. The airport offers frequent service to and from Toronto with easy connection with Porter Airlines, Air Canada Jazz, and seasonally with WestJet.

Upon arrival, transportation to and from the airport is easy with major rental car, taxi and public transit just steps from the luggage terminal. For more details visit yqg.ca.

DRIVING? Windsor is only a four hour drive from Toronto down the 201 and easily accessible from Michigan through our two international border crossings

Crossing Made Easy

Are you entering Canada from the U.S.? Click crossingmadeeasy.com for border crossing details into Windsor.

**ALERT**
The Windsor-Detroit Tunnel is currently undergoing renovations.
OPEN Sunday – Thursday, 5:30 am – 8 pm
OPEN 24 HOURS Fridays & Saturdays

Note: The Windsor-Detroit Tunnel is undergoing ceiling maintenance, which will result in limited hours of operation now through mid-June 2018 . Drivers will want to plan ahead to avoid any inconvenience.  READ MORE

The Transit Windsor Tunnel Bus is RUNNING during the renovation process.


Getting Around

Click one of the links below to check out local transportation options.

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Tourism Information Centre Locations.

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Please feel free to contact any of our Tourism Information Centres listed below where our friendly staff are standing by to share all that our region has to offer.

General Inquiries and Visitor Services
333 Riverside Drive West, Suite 103
Windsor, ON N9A 7C5
info@tourismwindsoressex.com
Phone: 519.255.6530
Toll Free: 1.800.265.3633

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm


Caesars Windsor – Tourism Information Centre
Located in the Caesars Hotel Lobby, Augustus Tower
377 Riverside Drive East
Windsor, ON N9A 7H7
Phone: 519.258.7878 ext. 22266

Summer Hours (June – August): Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm
Fall/Winter Hours (September – May): Thursday – Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm


Pelee Island Winery – Tourism Information Centre  (Seasonal)
*CLOSED FOR THE SEASON*
Located in the Pelee Island Winery Retail Store
455 Seacliff Drive
Kingsville, ON N9Y 2K5

Summer Hours (May – October): Friday – Saturday 9 am – 4 pm, Sunday 11 am – 5 pm


Waterfront – Tourism Information Centre (Seasonal)
*CLOSED FOR THE SEASON*
Located on County Rd. 20 north of the Town of Amherstburg
116 Sandwich Street North
Amherstburg, ON
Phone: 519.736.8320

Summer Hours (June – August): Thursday – Monday 10 am – 5 pm
Fall Hours (September – Thanksgiving): Saturday – Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

Things you should know.


Driving
Seat belt use is mandatory in Ontario. Distance is measured in kilometres – 1 kilometre is equal to .62 of a mile. The speed limit for most city driving is 50 km/hr (31 mph), while highway driving ranges from 80 km/hr to 100 km/hr (50-62 mph). Gasoline is sold by the litre (1 U.S. gallon is equal to 3.785 litres). To calculate the U.S. price per gallon, multiply the Canadian price per litre by 3.78. Police radar detectors are illegal in Ontario.
Kms into Miles | Miles into Kms
1 = 0.62 1 = 1.6
50 = 31 50 = 80
100 = 62.1 100 = 160


Weather
We enjoy warm summers with temperatures climbing into the high 20s/low 30s Celsius (80s/low 90s Fahrenheit), and winters that are mild by many Canadian standards.


Local Information
For local news – along with weather, traffic, sports and more – tune to AM800 CKLW, The Information Station. For more breaking news, local issues and in-depth coverage, pick up a copy of the region’s newspaper, The Windsor Star or visit their website at windsorstar.com.


LGBT
Countless experiences are awaiting you in the southernmost region of Canada! By working proactively with Windsor-Essex Pride Fest, Travel Gay Canada and our various industry partners, we are ensuring our region is destination ready for the LGBT market through various industry networking events, market-readiness assessments, diversity training and awareness programs, and innovative marketing and promotions. Learn More


Currency
The official currency is the Canadian dollar. The U.S. dollar is widely accepted at par within the region. To get more for your dollar, we recommend that you exchange your US dollars to CDN dollars. This means more fun, more enjoyment, more of everything. Currency exchange is available at banks throughout the region. You’ll find cash machines/ATMs in most banks, hotels and shopping centres. Travelers cheques and credit cards are accepted at most (but not all) major retailers. Check today’s rate.Check today’s rate.


Language
English and French are the two official languages of Canada, with English being the primary language spoken by the majority of residents in our region. Signage, documentation and service at any government office is, by law, in both official languages, as are road signs. You will also find package labelling in both English and French.


Age of Majority
By law, you must be 19 years of age and possess valid picture I.D. to enter any drinking or gaming establishment or to purchase alcoholic beverages. You must be 19 years of age to purchase tobacco products.


Smoke-Free Initiative
The province-wide restriction includes all indoor and enclosed work and public places, including bars, restaurants, casinos, bingos, arenas, etc.


Tipping
If pleased with the service you receive, a 15-20% tip on the pre-tax bill is standard for dining, taxi rides, etc.


Taxes
The Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is a 13% tax that is applied to most purchases of taxable supplies of goods and services in the Province of Ontario. The HST consists of a 5% federal portion and an 8% retail sales tax portion.


Official Holidays
Banks, liquor stores and government offices observe these holidays, as do most stores and business offices. Holidays that occur on weekends are observed the following Monday.





ONE REGION. COUNTLESS STORIES.

333 Riverside Drive West, Suite 103
Windsor, Ontario N9A 7C5
Toll Free: 1.800.265.3633
info@tourismwindsoressex.com