THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Checkout some important info on Windsor Essex (and the province of Ontario) that you should know before travelling here.
IMPACTS OF COVID-19
The province of ontario is currently in Stage One of the Provinces Roadmap to Reopen. This impacts service levels at all establishments. Some highlights include:
- Food & drink establishments can operate patio service
- Retail service is open at 15% of capacity (or 25% for essential services)
- Outdoor gatherings are permitted for 10 people
For more details and a full list of opening protocols please visit our COVID-19 Information hub.
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.
- 1 kilometre = 0.62 miles / 1 mile = 1.6 kilometres
- 50 kilometres = 31 miles / 50 miles = 80 kilometres
- 100 kilometres = 62.1 miles / 100 miles = 160 kilometres
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.
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.
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 LGBTQ+ market through various industry networking events, market-readiness assessments, diversity training and awareness programs, and innovative marketing and promotions. Learn more about our LGBTQ+ offerings here.
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.
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.
The province-wide restriction includes all indoor and enclosed work and public places, including bars, restaurants, casinos, bingos, arenas, etc.
If pleased with the service you receive, a 15-20% tip on the pre-tax bill is standard for dining, taxi rides, etc.
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.
As of October 1, 2018, hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts, as well as other short-term accommodations in the City of Windsor purchased through companies like Airbnb and VRBO will begin collecting a 4% tax on behalf of the municipality. Click here for more details.
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. Click here for a full upcoming holiday schedule.
BY PLANE, TRAIN OR BUS, IT’S EASY TO FIND YOUR WAY TO WINDSOR ESSEX!
VIA Rail Canada 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.
*Due to COVID-19 restrictions, VIA Rail is currently running at a reduced capacity to Windsor. Please contact VIA Rail for additional details or questions.
Windsor 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.
*Please note the Windsor International Airport is currently closed due to restricted air travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact the Windsor International Airport or your preferred airline for details or questions.
DRIVING? Windsor is only a four hour drive from Toronto down the 401 and easily accessible from Michigan through our two international border crossings
190km -> London
285km -> Kitchener
300km -> Hamilton
95km -> Toledo
175km -> Grand Rapids
275km -> Cleveland
325km -> Columbus
400km -> Buffalo
375km -> Niagara
370km -> Toronto
750km -> Ottawa
450km -> Chicago
425km -> Cincinnati
460km -> Pittsburgh
500km -> Indianapolis
Click one of the links below to check out local transportation options.
CROSSING THE BORDER
Windsor is home to both the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, giving easy access between Windsor and the City of Detroit. Click ‘Crossing Made Easy’ for more details on what you need to cross the border.
* Transit Windsor offers public bus service for the City of Windsor, Town of LaSalle, Municipality of Leamington and the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel Bus.
TOURISM INFORMATION CENTRE LOCATIONS
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.
333 Riverside Dr. W., Suite 103 Windsor, ON N9A7C5
Phone: 519.255.6530 Toll Free: 1.800.265.3633
* Please note the Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island Offices are currently closed to the public. You can contact: email@example.com for any inquiries or use out ChatBot (on the right of the website) for more information.
CAESARS WINDSOR KIOSK
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
*Please note this Tourism Information Centre is currently closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Waterfront – Tourism Information Centre (Seasonal) Located on County Rd. 20 north of the Town of Amherstburg 116 Sandwich Street North Amherstburg, ON
Open daily 10am – 5pm for curbside pick up
ONTARIO TOURISM INFORMATION CENTRE
Ontario Tourism Information Centre located at 110 Park St E, Windsor
Ontario Tourism Information Centre is currently closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.