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Originally a congregating location for Jesuit missionaries and French explorers who came to the area in the 17th century, Windsor was founded in 1892 in Southwestern Ontario, along the Detroit River. It is in the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishnaabeg, and Haudenosauonee peoples. Windsor sits across from Detroit, Michigan, making it the southernmost city in Canada. With its location and accessibility, the city is a gateway for millions of international visitors each year. The Port of Windsor is accessible to Lake freighters and ocean-going vessels, and it is the third largest Canadian Great Lakes port in terms of shipments. Due to the early French settlement, whose heritage is still reflected within the region, the city was designated as an official bilingual district (French and English). Similar to its neighbouring American “Motor City,” it was nicknamed the “automotive capital of Canada” for its large contribution to the automotive industry. Whilst Windsor may not harbour a royal castle like its British counterpart, it isn’t any less regal, offering diverse historic architecture -- including the Hiram Walker Historical Museum, Mackenzie Hall, and Willistead Manor-- as well as long and wide riverside boardwalks for casual strolls or intense exercising. As an escape from the bustling city, Point Pelee National Park is a must see, as the southerly most part of the country and popular bird migration route.

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This community is on the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail.
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City of Windsor 350 City Hall Square W Windsor, ON N9A 6S1 Phone: (519) 255-2489 Email:

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