Windsor
Canada
By Lauren Kmec

Windsor, aka the “Automotive Capital of Canada,” is located in southwestern Ontario, just across the Detroit River from American soil. Thus, Windsor is the Canadian city with the busiest border crossing between the US and Canada. Windsor is known for its lucrative automotive sector, bluegrass music, and long hot summers (compared to the rest of Canada). The city’s friendly, cheerful residents add to its charm and make it a welcoming place for all visitors.

WhatsCheaper.com encourages you to visit Windsor for your next getaway. The most popular way to get here is via Detroit Metro Airport (DTW), just ~40 kilometers from Windsor across the US border. Though some flights arrive at the local Windsor Airport (YQG), the Detroit Airport offers a much greater variety of flights on a more consistent schedule. Follow this link (https://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) to solidify your flight arrangements with WhatsCheaper.com. We can also help you find the perfect hotel at any price point; click here (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to review our lodging selections.

One of Windsor’s main draws is its natural beauty, featured in a number of parks and recreational sites. WhatsCheaper.com invites tourists to explore the one-of-a-kind Odette Sculpture Park, a collection of contemporary large-scale sculptures by internationally renowned artists. We also recommend the Jackson Park–Queen Elizabeth II Gardens, winner of an Ontario Parks Association award for best garden lighting. The gardens span 65 acres, 4 of which comprise the elegant Rose Garden, home to more than 12,000 rose bushes of some 450 varieties. A central feature of the Jackson Park is the World War II–era Lancaster Bomber, which functions as a memorial of sorts for those who lost their lives during the war.

Windsor also possesses a variety of fascinating historic sites that are definitely worth a visit. WhatsCheaper.com recommends starting with Willistead Manor, a 36-room historic mansion commissioned by Edward Chandler Walker in the early 1900s. Interesting features include, but are not limited to, the great hall with its majestic staircase, the traditional drawing room, and the striking marble fireplace. Public tours are available, though we encourage you to make reservations in advance.

Another truly significant locale is the John Freeman Walls Historic Site and Underground Railroad Museum. Though it is located ~25 minutes away in Puce, Ontario, WhatsCheaper.com deems this place a must for all visitors to Windsor. This site was one of several northern endpoints for the Underground Railroad; a place where escaped slaves could finally claim their independence. John “Freeman” Walls and his wife, Jane King Walls, began their journey to freedom in North Carolina and ended here, where they created a home, raised their nine children, and lived out the end of their days. Today, tourists can visit their former house and pay homage at their graves in the Walls Family Cemetery.

Windsor is rife with museums and galleries of a wide scope; WhatsCheaper.com has selected some of our favorites to highlight here. We recommend the Art Gallery of Windsor, a vast collection of works by Canadian artists, which was established in 1943 and has grown steadily since then. The gallery contains more than 3000 pieces, ranging from paintings and prints to sculptures and digital works. Next, explore the quirky Windsor Wood Carving Museum, the only museum of its type in Ontario. The collection features over 300 historical and modern carvings and tools from all over the world. For something completely different, check out the Serbian Heritage Museum, an institution dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of Canada’s Serbian population.

To experience a unique “old-world” shopping experience, WhatsCheaper.com directs you to Windsor’s Market Square. Wander through the market, where you will encounter vendors selling fish, meats, cheeses, and produce, among other goods. If you prefer a sit-down dining experience, the square is dotted with several restaurants to satisfy your cravings. All in all, Market Square is a fantastic place to spend a afternoon mingling with the locals and appreciating the charming character of the city.

Though it is often overlooked as a vacation destination, Windsor offers a peaceful escape from the toils of everyday life. It’s no wonder that this city’s people are bursting with charisma and pride. So let WhatsCheaper.com help you plan a trip to Windsor today!

MUST SEE IN Windsor LIST:

  • 1. Caesars Windsor
  • 2. Dieppe Gardens
  • 3. Canadian Club Brand Center
  • 4. Art Gallery of Windsor
  • 5. Windsor Community Museum
  • 6. Jackson Park
  • 7. Science City
  • 8. Coventry Gardens
  • 9. Windsor Raceway
  • 10. Point Pelee National Forest

Windsor EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Summer Fest - June
  • 2. Windsor International Fringe Festival - July
  • 3. BluesFest International - July
  • 4. Balloonapalooza - July
  • 5. Emancipation Celebration - July/August
  • 6. Windsor RibFest - August
  • 7. Leamington Tomato Festival - August
  • 8. BookFest Windsor - November
  • 9. Windsor International Film Festival - November
  • 10. River Lights Winter Festival - December

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Hilton Windsor
277 Riverside Drive West, Windsor, ON
By Vanessa DeRenzio

The Hilton Windsor is only a twenty minute car ride from the Windsor Airport, and is located in the heart of downtown Windsor. It is situated across the street from the GM Corporate World Headquarters, and is also attached to the St. Clair Center for the Arts. The hotel conveniently features self parking and valet parking for an added fee. With a pet deposit, even pets are allowed to enjoy the comforts of the hotel! Check in time is at 3 p.m., but also contains a luggage hold for those who arrive early.

The Hilton Windsor offers priceless views of the Detroit skyline, as well as many other great amenities to make each guest feel like they are at home. Each room conveniently contains a refrigerator, as well as a King sized bed with a comfy pillow top! Cribs, high chairs, and playpens can also be arranged for families traveling with small children. For entertainment, each room has a 32" LCD TV, as well as complimentary WI-FI. Each room even contains an in suite safe for all guests valuables. The hotel really gives you the luxuries of a hotel, and the necessities from home!

This hotel has lots of amenities, ensuring there is never a dull moment during your stay! It features a pool and hot tub (both with fantastic views) and saunas, as well as a fitness room, and even offers sight seeing tours at an additional cost! When it comes to dining, there is no better place than the Park Terrace Restaurant. It features dishes a la carte, as well as a magnificent view of the Detroit skyline. There is even a children's menu available!

At 12 p.m. when check out time approaches, you'll really wish you had a little bit of extra time to say goodbye to this hotel! For amazing rates through WhatsCheaper.com, click this link (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php)!

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