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Windsor
Travel Guide

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

Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel
Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel
2.5 out of 5
277 Riverside Drive West, Windsor, ON
The price is CA $113 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Located in the heart of Windsor, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Adventure Bay Family Water Park and Caesars Casino. Detroit Windsor Tunnel and Ambassador ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,152 reviews)

"Friendly staff, great selections for breakfast. Beautiful view."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 22, 2021

Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Windsor
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Windsor
2.5 out of 5
1840 Huron Church Road, Windsor, ON
The price is CA $110 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Situated in Windsor, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from University of Windsor and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Ambassador Bridge. Detroit Windsor Tunnel and Caesars ...

4.1/5Very Good! (844 reviews)

"We spent 3 nights out of necessity during COVID. The precautions were good and I felt safe. No cleaning during stay and adjustments to breakfast were handled well and appreciated. All the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We will stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 22, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Windsor
Stonecroft Inn
Stonecroft Inn
3 out of 5
3032 Dougall Ave, Windsor, ON
The price is CA $105 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Devonshire Mall and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from St. Clair College. Caesars Casino and Ciocairo Club of Windsor ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (104 reviews)

"Really enjoyed our stay - the beds were super comfortable, the showers nice and hot with extra tall shower heads, and rooms spacious enough to move around in. We stayed during COVID so can't speak to amenities but we were quite happy."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 1, 2021

Stonecroft Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Windsor

NEW Luxury, Willow Beach Cottage Steps to the Lake
NEW Luxury, Willow Beach Cottage Steps to the Lake
Amherstburg, ON

Situated near the beach, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Erie and within 25 mi (40 km) of Detroit Windsor Tunnel and Caesars Casino. University ...

5/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Relaxing

"Super clean, beautifully decorated and quiet getaway"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 18, 2021

NEW Luxury, Willow Beach Cottage Steps to the Lake
Drifted Inn - Riverfront Cottage
Drifted Inn - Riverfront Cottage
Amherstburg, ON

Nestled on the beach, this Amherstburg cottage is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Fort Malden National Historic Site and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Lake Erie. Essex County ATV ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (62 reviews)
Tranquility Found!

"We visited this beautiful property during the Thanksgiving long weekend as Covid restrictions left us unexpectedly released of our usual large family gathering hosting duties. What am amazing experience we had. We enjoyed every minute of this super private, water front adorable cottage. It is very ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 27, 2020

Drifted Inn - Riverfront Cottage
Cozy and Intimate Getaway!
Cozy and Intimate Getaway!
Amherstburg, ON

Situated in Amherstburg, this vacation home is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Lake Erie and within 20 mi (32 km) of St. Clair College and Devonshire Mall. Detroit Windsor ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Very nice place wish we stayed for longer

"Very easy and hassle free experience once we got there"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 9, 2020

Cozy and Intimate Getaway!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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