Recreation & Leisure

The Windsor-Essex Region is bustling with county fairs and festivals, botanical gardens and bird sanctuaries, internationally famous wineries, a comprehensive selection of ethnic and American restaurants, impressive collections and exhibits at the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Light Opera and world class performances at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts.

On Land

Within the Region there are over 3,000 acres of green space. Posh riverfront landscapes, formal and sunken gardens, a magnificent sculpture park, and the world-famous Peace Fountain in Coventry Gardens - perfect places for picnics, concerts and tranquil sunsets. Ojibway Prairie, a provincial park nature reserve in southwest Windsor, harbours many native prairie plants rare or absent in other parts of Ontario or Canada.

Safe and clean beaches, walking, cycling and rollerblade trails that wind scenically throughout, make the Region one of the most diverse and captivating places in the world. The Trans Canada Trail is also largely complete in the Windsor-Essex Region, allowing trail use from Tecumseh to Leamington; segments within Windsor are also completed, keeping scenic vistas in the Region intact for future generations to enjoy.

The Windsor-Essex Region is the most biologically diverse area in Canada. Residents and visitors alike can experience unique natural areas such as Point Pelee National Park, Hillman Marsh, Holiday Beach, the Chrysler Canada Greenway and 12 other conservation areas, as well as the world-renowned Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary. The Region boasts excellent birding both in spring and fall, attracting visitors from all around the globe.

On the Water

The climate in the Windsor-Essex Region is one of the mildest in Canada. On the same latitude as northern California, mild temperatures average six months or longer. Freshwater Lakes (Erie and St. Clair) lure fishermen for walleye, muskie, yellow perch, and bass. A boater's paradise, there are over two dozen local marinas and 30,000 pleasure craft registered to local residents. A number of islands in the area are quickly reached for a perfect overnight escape and weekend relaxation.

For Sport

Golfers will delight at the selection that awaits them from more than 35 area courses. A choice of exclusive and renowned country clubs, semi-private and public courses will challenge the best of handicaps.

Water sports (boating, fishing, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, etc.) are popular, and there are over 2,800 recreational marine berths in the Windsor-Essex Region (on the Canadian side alone). Scuba diving also takes place in the Region, particularly on Lake Erie which has a number of divable shipwrecks. Zebra mussels, which have entered the Great Lakes, have played a large role in radically improving the water quality and visibility for activities such as scuba diving.

Our children enjoy organized sport from grade school through university. The area is also known for a number of championship teams in baseball, football and lacrosse. The Windsor Spitfires are one of Canada's premier Junior A hockey teams.

For Entertainment

The Windsor-Essex Region offers a wide variety of entertainment options including live entertainment and gaming at the newly expanded and renovated Caesar's Windsor, performing arts, festivals, museums and galleries. You can even see future stars of the NHL play hockey with the Windsor Spitfires Junior A team at the WFCU Centre.

The area also supports a growing number of internationally recognized and award-winning wineries that offer tours, tasting, and venues that can be rented for private events.