Lively Windsor, Ontario, 367 kilometres southwest of Toronto, hugs the shore of the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair across the Ambassador Bridge from Detroit, Michigan. A tunnel also connects the two cities.
Tourists will find plenty of things to do in Windsor, which brims with seasonal activities, festivals and annual events, and is located in Essex County’s popular wine region. But Caesar’s Windsor, part of the renowned Caesars Entertainment group, is arguably the city’s most popular destination.
The bright lights of this posh hotel and casino light up the night skies along the riverfront near the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. There are plenty of things to do at Caesar’s Windsor beyond blackjack, one-armed bandits and baccarat. Hotel guests can enjoy a year-round pool, fitness centre and saunas. Estetica Spa provides full-service pampering. World-class entertainers take the stage at the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor. Dining options include all-day breakfast at Artist’s Café, the 26,000-square-foot Market Buffet and Nero’s Steakhouse. Three lounges flank the gaming areas, and Cosmos serves its eponymous cocktails on the casino’s main floor. At VU Bar, guests can enjoy exotic libations and a panoramic view of the Detroit skyline, and at Bacchus Bar, steps from the action on the second floor, pass the time with HD TV and tabletop games.
You do not have to be a casino guest to play at Ambassador Golf Club, a par-71 public course designed by award-winning Canadian golf course architect Thomas McBroom. The course is located 10 kilometres south of Caesar’s Windsor on Riverside Drive.
Aside from gaming, Windsor visitors can discover art and entertainment at historic Mackenzie Hall Cultural Centre. Located along the river at Sandwich and Brock Streets, the stately limestone building echoes Classic Revival architecture and was built in 1855 by Alexander Mackenzie, Canada’s second Prime Minister. Once a courthouse and jail, the cultural centre is now home to visual artists and performers. The collection at Art Gallery of Windsor on Riverside Drive boasts over 3,000 works. Odette Sculpture Park, located on the river, is an art museum without walls—more than 31 contemporary works by world-renowned artists make this a must-see destination for visitors to Windsor.
Annual events include Art in the Park, held in late May on the stately grounds of Willistead Manor, and the City of Windsor’s May birthday celebration in Dieppe Gardens, where guests can groove to live music or participate in the Mayor’s Riverfront Walk. The city’s annual Carrousel of the Nations Festival, hosted by the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County, takes place during the last three weekends in June. The first weekend is held at Riverfront Stage. During the last two weekends, local ethnic groups offer culinary treats and cultural activities at various spots throughout the city.
In autumn, HOCKtoberfest, an International Female Hockey Festival, welcomes elite sportswomen and fans to Windsor arena and other Essex County venues. Also in October, long-distance runners compete in the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon, 1 kilometre of which runs through the underwater tunnel.