Windsor, Ontario My Beautiful City of Roses

                                                         *Ranked top 10 Cities of the future for 2011-2012
                                                      *26th Best Place to Live in Canada
                                          *2nd Lowest Housing Prices in Canada (Sept 2010)


 Windsor, Ontario with it's proximity to the U.S.A. border has one of the LOWEST PRICES FOR HOUSING in CANADA. Windsor has been proclaimed the cheapest place in the country to buy a middle-class home compared to other larger cities, here there's no traffic, no stress, better weather, a wonderful waterfront, and everything including the parking, the restaurants- is cheaper.
For retirees from elsewhere in Canada who want a better climate but are leery to live in the southern U.S. because they want the Canadian health care, Windsor is a great option. We are located in the most southern tip of Canada. Our Winters are mild and our summers are the longest in Canada with approximately 223 short sleeve weather.

Surrounded by Water and Located on the Detroit and Windsor Lake St Clair Waterfront. Enjoy the 4 seasons with wonderful outdoor water sports or just walk, jog, bike or roller blade down by the Water on our wonderful Ganatchio trail.
In the summer every weekend is filled with all sorts of special events and festivals down by our lovely Waterfront.

The Beauty of living in Windsor, Ontario is the small to medium size city feel with less traffic, lower cost of living, yet the amenities of the bigger cities and just across the River from a Large city is Detroit, Michigan, Large city amenties and close to our Capital of Ontario is Toronto (3 1/2-4 hr) drive.

Windsor, Ontario Weather
Considered the Banana Belt. Warm summers generally beginning in May and ending in late October. We do have humidity but then you can head down to lake and enjoy the summer breezes.
Followed by our comfortable Fall season with beautiful fall colors on our Trees, you can head up to our Northern parts in a few short hours to enjoy the beauty of our Forest of Trees changing colors.
Mild Winters, and yes we do have snow but not nearly as much as our northern counterparts. Our Winters are considered Mild compared to the rest of Canada except for Vancouver.
Beautiful Spring Season where you can leave your windows open and enjoy the fresh air.

International Transportation includes The Windsor Airport, Via Rail which will be rehoused close to the Windsor Airport, a new state of Art Train Station under construction in the fall of 2011. Not to mention our close proximity to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport approximately 20 minutes from the U.S. Border

New $5-billion International Bridge Links the Windsor, Ontario to.Detroit corridor including the Windsor-Essex Parkway.
The new bridge will strengthen our economy the Windsor/Detroit Bridge crossing is the continent's busiest international border crossing. The entire end-to-end project is anticipated create up to 25,000 person years of employment — this is very good news for both Windsor and Detroit workers.
It's important to note that Canada is experiencing its second-longest period of economic expansion
in history.  That's mainly why Canada is investing in such modern, world-class infrastructure projects in order to foster a stronger economy, a cleaner environment and hopefully safer, more prosperous communities.

Health Care We offer 2 municipal and one county hospital providing 1,000 acute-care beds; state-of-the-art Windsor Regional Cancer Centre; 20 long-term care facilities, the University of Windsor's new Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry plus expedient access to world-class hospitals in Detroit, the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor and London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario. 

Luxury Retirement Developments are under construction, completed or scheduled to break

Culturally-Diverse region features the AGW (Art Gallery of Windsor), nationally acclaimed performances by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra; premiere entertainment at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts; The Windsor Light Opera and interaction with whimsical works of art in the Odette Sculpture Gardens.

Caesars Casino is located right on the Downtown Waterfront on Riverside Dr. E.

 Fort Malden National Historic Site... The site showcases the second army garrison used to defend the border during the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1838. The first outpost, called Fort Amherstburg and constructed in 1796, was a headquarters for British military operations on the Western frontier during the War of 1812.
Our Famous Jackson Park contains more than 10,000 flowers and plants many of which are located in its Sunken Gardens.

Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary...  FOR BIRD WATCHERS, is one of the first North American sanctuary's of this kind and is still in existence today. Located in the lovely Town of Kingsville. 35 minutes from Windsor


Windsor has much to offer

 Miles of Waterfront for Walking, biking and jogging trails known as the Ganatchio Trail
Beaches all within 5-45 minute drive
WaterPark for the Children
Professional size Arena's for the sports fans
Waterfront Festivals and Special Events most weekends in the Summer
Bird Sanctuarys
Several Award winning Wineries
Numerous Cultural first class Restaurants
Ceasars Casino with Live first class Entertainment
Live Theatres
Windsor Symphony Orchestra
University of Windsor
St Clair College
Historical Museum's
Bed and Breakfasts
Art Galleries

Famous Jackson Park


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Beaches / Swimming




The East shoreline of Pelee Island offers the most extensive sandy beaches, great for a swim, with the main Public Beach being near the eastern end of East-West Road.  You'll also find that many B&Bs have their own private beach area. (For up-dates on water quality levels, contact the Windsor-Essex Public Health Unit at 519-258-2146 ext.1426 or visit




Canada’s southernmost destination! Cultural and historical landmarks, groomed gardens or natural areas, gaming, international cuisine, events and festivals galore await!  


Rural roads lead to small towns and unique communities offering the quiet of nature, award-winning vintages, or the history that makes us unique.  It's all in the County!  



This oasis of green in Lake Erie beckons with a leisurely pace, quiet country roads, pristine beaches and more.  … Explore why people return to Pelee time and again!



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Windsor Ontario Information before you arrive

Before you go



Ambassador Duty Free Store - Currency Exchange

The Ambassador Duty Free Store - Currency Exchange
707 Patricia Street
Windsor, ON N9B 3B8
Telephone: (519) 977-9100


Tunnel Duty Free shop plaza

Tunnel Duty Free Shop
Telephone: (519) 252-2713
or Toll-Free 1-800-669-2105
465 Goyeau St.
Windsor, ON  N9A 1H1


Open 24 hours daily in the Canadian tunnel plaza; keep right after toll on your way to the U.S.A. 

Currency Exchange Centres.  Check the present Currency Exchange rate!

Visitors from the United States will find that U.S. currency is readily accepted by Canadian merchants, restaurants, accommodation and other places of business. However, the exchange rate you receive at each location will vary. To obtain a consistent rate of exchange, we suggest you utilize your credit card, or exchange your money at any of the following facilities.

Retails Sales Tax Refunds

As a visitor to the Province of Ontario, you can claim a refund for some of the 8% "Retail Sales Tax" (RST) you pay on goods removed for permanent use outside Ontario.



  •   Avoid delays!   Be sure your application is accompanied by:
  • documents showing tax was charged, i.e. invoices, cash register tapes, sales contract, etc.;

  • documents showing tax was paid, i.e. cancelled cheques, supplier's statement, etc.;

  • if the documents are too numerous for shipping, please have them segregated from other records, and available for verification at your premises;

  • Finally - be sure to sign your application!

The General Application for Refund of Retail Sales Tax form is available by calling 1-800-263-7965, through the Tax Fax service at 1-877-482-9329, on the Ministry of Finances website at  and by writing as below.

Enquiries regarding an application for refund of Retail Sales Tax should be directed to your local Retail Sales Tax Office (see your Blue Pages listing) or :

Ministry of Finance
Retail Sales Tax Branch
Refund Unit, 4th Floor
1600 Champlain Avenue
Whitby, ON L1N 9B2
Canada Telephone: (905) 432-3431 or (905) 432-3509 collect


Purchasers are eligible for a refund where proof is provided that:


  • goods are permanently removed from Ontario within 30 days of being bought;

  • RST paid on each invoice is $50 Cdn. or more (i.e. total taxable goods on each invoice before taxes is at least $625);

  • refund claim is made within four years of buying the goods; and

  • residents of other Canadian provinces pay the applicable sales tax to their home province on goods being claimed and provide proof of payment of tax. If the goods are purchased for use in a jurisdiction where sales tax is not payable, a copy of the bill of lading or customs documents must be provided as proof of removal.



A refund is not available for the RST paid on transient accommodation or on taxable services.