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Tour the historic distillery of one of Canada’s most famous liquors and see Ontario’s largest casino in this Canadian-American border town.

Discover Windsor, the Canadian border town just across the Detroit River from Detroit’s city center, known for its heritage architecture and fine whiskeys. Windsor has long been the go-to town for Americans seeking Canada’s laxer alcohol laws. During the Prohibition era, Windsor was a liquor-smuggling hub. Today, its club strip is filled with American 19- and 20-year-olds enjoying an early first drink. Beyond the city’s exciting nightlife, Windsor is a delightful historic town, home to numerous parks and an old town district based around one of Canada’s most famous distilleries.

Find Walkerville, a historic neighborhood just south of the river that once was its own town. Walkerville is named after the American entrepreneur Hiram Walker, who founded a whiskey distillery here in 1858 and proceeded to build a town around it. Stroll through this neighborhood to find heritage buildings and Hiram Walker’s son’s lavish estate, Willistead Manor. Take a tour of the English-style country mansion in July and December.

While in Walkerville, don’t miss the Canadian Club Distillery, the whiskey distillery that started it all. Learn about the whiskey-distilling process on a tour and enjoy a whiskey sample at the tour’s end.

Explore the Windsor riverfront, where you will find a line of grassy parks with views of the Detroit skyline. Rent a bike to ride the path along the river. Tour the Dieppe Gardens, a nicely landscaped flower garden filled with monuments to the Canadian military. The nearby Odette Sculpture Park features 31 contemporary sculptures, including a silver flying saucer and a bronze elephant.

To experience Windsor’s famed nightlife, visit Caesars Windsor, a waterfront casino just across the river from Detroit’s General Motors Company headquarters. This smoke-free casino has a 27-story luxury hotel and a 24-hour poker room.

To reach Windsor, fly into Detroit’s international airport and cross the Canadian-American border via the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. Windsor’s reputation may be wild, but it is one of Canada’s safest cities and offers plenty of family-friendly attractions.

Top Hotels in Windsor

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel
Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel
2.5 out of 5
277 Riverside Drive West, Windsor, ON
Free Cancellation
CA $109
per night
Apr 12 - Apr 13

Located in the heart of Windsor, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Art Gallery of Windsor and Detroit Windsor Tunnel. University of Windsor is 1.8 mi ...

4.1/5Very Good! (4,192 reviews)

"Facility was clean and staff were pleasant. Had a panoramic view of the river. Bed was comfortable and the room was well appointed."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 18, 2020

Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel
Caesars Windsor
Caesars Windsor
4 out of 5
377 Riverside Dr E, Windsor, ON

Located in the heart of Windsor, this spa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of GM Renaissance Center, Ford Field and Fox Theatre. Comerica Park and Little Caesars ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,058 reviews)

"Property has a real Vegas feel to it.Beautiful view of the river outside."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 13, 2020

Caesars Windsor
Quality Inn & Suites Downtown
Quality Inn & Suites Downtown
2.5 out of 5
675 Goyeau St, Windsor, ON
CA $93
per night
Apr 26 - Apr 27

Located in the heart of Windsor, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Detroit Windsor Tunnel, and within 6 mi (10 km) of GM Renaissance Center and Cobo Center. ...

3.6/5Good! (826 reviews)

"Great location close to Caesars Casino, easy access to tunnel, also next to McDonald's for your morning coffee, the beer store is a block away & grocery store two blocks away. Room had refrigerator, but no microwave."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 20, 2020

Quality Inn & Suites Downtown

Popular things to do in Windsor

Point Pelee National Park
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Point Pelee National Park

4.5/5(59 reviews)

Hike through marshes and jungle-like environs and visit mainland Canada’s southernmost point in this small but impressive national park.

Top activities in Windsor

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Ontario
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Ontario

CA $13
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Ontario
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Ontario

CA $27
Per adult
Detroit: Small-Group The D You Must See Tour
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Detroit: Small-Group The D You Must See Tour

88% of travellers recommend
CA $40
Per adult
Small-Group Detroit's Rise, Fall & Renewal Tour
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Small-Group Detroit's Rise, Fall & Renewal Tour

98% of travellers recommend
CA $40
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Ohio
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Ohio

80% of travellers recommend
CA $14
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Michigan
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Michigan

CA $14
Per adult

Reviews of Windsor

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
199
5 - Excellent 20.2441505595117%
4 - Good
522
4 - Good 53.10274669379451%
3 - Okay
229
3 - Okay 23.296032553407937%
2 - Disappointing
24
2 - Disappointing 2.441505595116989%
1 - Terrible
9
1 - Terrible 0.9155645981688708%

5/5 - Excellent

Banjo

Mar 20, 2020

Recommend attending Caesar's casino for a good time

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 17, 2020

We went to the Ojibway Nature Centre. It is just a short drive from the Holiday Inn. Lovely park to get pictures of Birds and Deer. We have stayed at this Holiday Inn previously.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 12, 2020

Waterfront seemed very nice, wish I had more time to enjoy it

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Mar 9, 2020

the beds were not super comfortable. extremely noisy and staff hesitant to intervene even with multiple noise complaints at 0400. wall paper thin and no barrier to sound from halls or other rooms.

4/5 - Good

John

Mar 3, 2020

Great town! I’ll definitely return

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 26, 2020

It is a bit of a depressed city with lots of vacant downtown businesses. I’m sure there will be some revitalization.

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