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1/2 of North America's Population Within a Day's Drive

One of the most obvious advantages of the Windsor-Essex Region is our location, at the heart of the richest consumer market in the world, where more than half of the North American population lives within a day's drive. 


Distance to Major Centres

Metropolitan Area Centres Distance (km) Driving Time (Hours) Population
Detroit 1.6 0.1 688,701
Toledo 95 1.0 282,313
Cleveland 300 3.0 390,113
Toronto 340 4.0 2,615,000
Chicago 460 4.5 2,719,000
Buffalo, New York 420 4.5 258,959
Washington DC 850 8.5 649,111
Ottawa 810 8.5 883,391
New York 990 9.0 8,406,000
Montreal 885 9.5 1,650,000
Philadelphia 940 9.5 1,553,000

Source: Yahoo Maps, Statistics Canada (2011 Census), US Census Bureau (2013)

The Busiest Canada - U.S. Border Crossing

The United States and Canada have the largest bilateral trading relationship in the world. Approximately 30% of total trade between the U.S. and Canada crossed the Detroit-Windsor border. Daily total two-way goods trade between Ontario and the U.S. is valued over $800 million. The Detroit-Windsor border is the busiest border crossing along the entire Canada-U.S. border.

There are five surface border crossing points in Windsor-Detroit:

  • The Ambassador Bridge (which handles the majority of the truck traffic),
  • The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel (which runs under the Detroit River),
  • The Detroit-Windsor Truck Ferry (which handles hazardous materials that are prohibited from crossing via the Bridge or Tunnel),
  • A Railway tunnel, and
  • The Port of Windsor

In the Windsor-Essex Region, you will enjoy the safety and security of a small community, with big city amenities just a few miles away. Furthermore, all major league sports and concert events are just a few minutes away in Detroit.


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