WHATEVER YOUR NEEDS,
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Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island warmly welcomes the LGBT market to our region! Countless experiences are awaiting you in the southernmost region of Canada. As Canadians, we embrace, encourage, and support diversity. In fact, all of our staff, from Visitor Services Representatives to management, alongside a myriad of tourism stakeholders has undergone diversity training. Our region also hosts the annual Windsor-Essex Pride Festival in the heart of downtown Windsor. Contact us for assistance in planning a trip where you can relax and feel at home.
With our rich and versatile tapestry of tourism products, there is much cache value to be proud of in our region. From our EPIC wineries and passion for food to birding and outdoor excursions, from gaming and nightlife to culture and heritage, where can WE take you?
WE look forward to showcasing our region and providing experiential tourism at its best to LGBT visitors.
A sea of greenery…a paradise of produce…a waterway of immense pleasure and opportunity… trails on the forefront of outdoor captivation and retreat…These are just some of the snapshots of life which can be easily created in Windsor Essex Pelee Island.
Comprising over 400,000 citizens, our region strikes a balance between the progressive pulse of a mid-sized city and the ability to escape to the serene beauty of our county.
Let us show you our heritage as you learn about the days of prohibition on the Rum Runners tour. Or, immerse yourself in the historical significance of the Underground Railroad at Amherstburg’s North American Black Historical Museum and the trenches and barracks of the War of 1812 at Fort Malden National Historic Site. Indulge your affinity for all things motorized, as you wander through Windsor’s rich history as the birthplace of the automotive industry in Canada.
Our region, the southernmost in Canada, is bursting with a unique balminess throughout the summer and an exceptional mildness in winter. That unexpected climate offers home to a surprising variety of flora and fauna native only to this area.
We have an EPIC Wine Country, where we are positioned on the same latitude as the Tuscany region in Italy and Northern California’s Napa Valley; this provides vintners with the perfect growing season and yielding some of the world’s finest wines along the Lake Erie North Shore. We invite you to sample that perfection at any of our wineries – now nearly 20 strong!
If you’re a fan of other libations, check out the Barrels Bottles & Brews Trail in the “pursuit of hoppiness”! You’ll experience the history of Canadian Whisky, Prohibition, and enjoy a flight of craft beer or small batch-ultra premium spirits.
Outdoor enthusiasts of every persuasion enjoy world-class bird-watching at Point Pelee National Park, spectacular eco-tourism adventures along foot and bike pathways and the divine seasonal scents of surrounding green pastures, meadows, parkland and spectacular golfing.
Windsor’s riverfront parks, located on the banks of the historic Detroit River, stretch over 8 kilometers (or 5 miles) and offer a panorama of enticing vista points. The Peace Fountain at Coventry Gardens boasts myriad light and water-spray patterns, and the Windsor Sculpture Park is a unique outdoor ”museum without walls.” Off in the distance is the iconic Ambassador Bridge, North America’s busiest border-crossing, connecting Windsor to our northerly neighbours, Detroit, Michigan.
Moving further inland, an incredible variety of dining options await, many accentuating the notion of buying and eating local. The nightlife is scintillating in ambience, eclectic music notes and social exchanges. Caesars Windsor brings Las Vegas to the region with spectacular concerts, restaurants, high-end luxury accommodations and a 24/7 casino which knows how to exhilarate visitors and gaming aficionados alike.
So, where can WE take you?
Discover our HOT SPOTS.
Looking for ideas on things to do and see while you are visiting Windsor Essex? Well, you’ve come to the right place! We’re thrilled to share (in no particular order) some of our favourite must-see and do experiences that await you on your next visit.
Point Pelee National Park
A natural treasure drawing 300,000 visitors each year, Point Pelee National Park offers endless stretches of beach, lush wild forests and meandering marshlands. Bring your birding binoculars, enjoy a picnic, paddle a canoe or kayak, hop on a bike or hit the hiking trails. However you choose to explore Canada’s southernmost National Park, you won’t be disappointed. READ MORE
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 point. 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. READ MORE
No trip here would be complete without a stop at Caesars Windsor. As Canada’s largest internationally branded casino and entertainment resort, world-class gaming excitement is always a sure bet here. READ MORE
If winemaking is an art, this is where inspiration, creativity and craftsmanship come together in perfect balance. Situated more southerly than the famed Bordeaux and Burgundy regions of France, our Essex Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) Wine Country boasts the ideal climate, soil and sun conditions for growing lusciously flavorful grapes. From their vineyards, our region’s wineries – close to 20 at last count – are masterfully creating award-winning wines that’ll leave you smiling after every sip. To enhance your visit, we invite you to purchase a Passport to EPIC Wine Country, which contains over $100 in savings and benefits. READ MORE
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 and riverfront paths that make up our seemingly endless coastal landscape. Check out our watersports for more ways to make a splash! READ MORE
Festivals and Events
If there’s something worth celebrating, chances are we have a festival or special event dedicated to it. Around here, you’ll find that our “festival season” never really ends. From arts to antiques, books to blues, and film to food, our region is hot to dozens of popular festivals, fairs and events throughout the year. Don’t miss the annual Windsor-Essex Pride Fest, held in downtown Windsor every August. READ MORE
Freedom & Ingenuity
Throughout our region, you’ll find the enduring legacy of our rich heritage and evidence of our defining role in history. As the final destination of the Underground Railroad, we helped thousands of escaping slaves reach freedom. During the War of 1812, decisive and epic battles were fought along our shores. And through our forebears’ innovative spirit and hard work, Windsor became the birthplace of the automotive industry in Canada. Explore the landmarks and attractions celebrating these and many more historic sites. READ MORE
Barrels, Bottles & Brews
Barrels Bottles & Brews are booming again in Windsor Essex! As the birthplace of whisky in Canada, the tradition continues today with a new generation of craft brewers and distillers. Visit one of the stops along the Barrels Bottles & Brews Trail where you can experience the history of Canadian Whisky and enjoy a flight of craft beer or small batch-ultra premium spirits. READ MORE
Culinary Delight – Grown Right Here
What makes a great dining experience? Sure, the service and atmosphere have to be just right. But what really makes a meal an unforgettable pleasure is the food. In Windsor Essex Pelee Island, it all begins with the freshest ingredients. Here, you’ll find a bounty of culinary delights created with locally grown produce harvested at the peak of perfection, as well as regionally-produced meats, cheeses, grains and, of course, wine. So, bring your appetite and we’ll bring everything you need to satisfy it. READ MORE
This place is for the birds! And we wouldn’t want it any other way. With over 370 species of birds, our region is one of the best birding “hot spots” in North America. From the marshes and ponds to the lakes and rivers, thousands of visitors flock to our neck of the woods to bask in the sights, sounds and simple wonders of nature taking flight. The unique geographical properties of the Windsor-Essex area act as a funnel for the hundreds of thousands of migratory birds on the move each spring — and equally as remarkable — the fall. READ MORE
Explore Windsor’s hippest neighborhood
History, art, live music and creative food collide in a delightful mash-up of old and new in Olde Walkerville, the town that Canadian Club built. From eclectic coffee shops and stately old mansions built with rum-running profits to delightful vintage stores filled with treasures and rustic pubs specializing in farm-to-fork cuisine, this neighborhood pulses with vibrant life and energy.
Find a charming town with a big heart for food
Tucked away in the sleepy countryside along the shores of Lake Erie is the town of Kingsville, which is quickly developing a reputation for inventive food with a dedication to local and seasonal offerings. Matching its great fortune of being nestled in one of Canada’s largest agricultural regions with a passion for authentic great-tasting food, Kingsville is emerging as a star on the local culinary scene.
Two-Nation Vacation Destination
It’s Go Time Detroit! The D’s vibrant downtown offers a variety of entertainment options from major sporting events and Vegas-style gaming to theatre, bars, and restaurants. Metro Detroit is also home to world-class galleries and museums, including: The Henry Ford, America’s Greatest History Attraction; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Motown Historical Museum; and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the largest of its kind dedicated to the African American experience. Immerse yourself in the D’s diverse ethnic character with visits to popular areas such as Greektown and Mexicantown. The city’s festival season is filled with hugely popular LGBT events like the Motor City Pride, Ferndale Pride, and Hotter Than July. For the latest in fashion, the high-end malls and quaint shopping districts in the suburbs are always in style. To learn more, go to visitdetroit.com and CrossingMadeEasy.com.