The birds & butterflies have the right idea – each fall as part of their migration they flock to the very southernmost tip of Canada. It’s the perfect fall road trip location too! Warm fall weather, local wineries and produce and the bustle of the region’s largest city, Windsor, make this the perfect place to unwind after a busy summer. Here’s a few of our favourite places to discover in Windsor-Essex.
Known for it’s plethora of migrating birds in the spring, the fall is just as exciting a season with fewer crowds. Paddle through the marsh or walk to the tip of the point and admire the birds as they fly overhead. Don’t miss the incredible sunsets, which you can enjoy from one of the many beaches on the west side of the point.
Did you know that the Lake Erie North Shore wine region is located at the same latitude as Rome, Barcelona & Italy? Canada’s southernmost winery, Pelee Island Winery, has taken advantage of it’s geographic location to create award-winning wines inspired by the region., Pelee Island Winery has taken advantage of it’s geographic location to create award-winning wines inspired by the region.
Down the road at Viewpointe Estate Winery take some time to enjoy a glass of wine on their stunning patio. With it’s panoramic view of Lake Erie you will quickly discover the inspiration behind the winery’s name!
Kingsville is one of Canada’s most southerly located towns. With it’s agricultural background and beautiful Victorian architecture it’s a spot you’ll want to linger. Stop in Merlis’ Coffeehouse & Eatery and enjoy a hot drink beside one of their art-covered walls, or head to Jack’s Gastropub for a craft beer or a farm to table lunch.
Did you know – Windsor is one of the few places in Canada that you will find yourself south of the United States! The Windsor Sculpture Park is a great place to enjoy views of neighbouring Detroit, and to wander through 31 large-scale contemporary sculptures by renowned artists.
You’ll also find Caesars Windsor along the waterfront – the perfect place to try your luck in the casino, or book a night in one of the many rooms overlooking the river.
This corner of Windsor has a fascinating history! It was founded in 1890 by Hiram Walker, owner of what would become Canadian Club Whisky, and was designed to be a model town to house many of the workers from the distillery. Today, it’s a fascinating place to explore for history and spirit fans. Drop by the Canadian Club Brand Centre and tour the office of Hiram Walker himself, or head over to the Walkerville Brewery to sample their craft beer inspired by Walker’s legacy. Don’t forget to visit the home of Hiram Walker’s son. Willstead Manor is now preserved by the city of Windsor as a beautiful heritage landmark.
Round out your Southern Ontario road trip with a stop at Mamo Burger. Their beef is sourced locally from The Butcher of Kingsville where it is ground fresh daily. Try one of their delicious creations, like the Get Shorty, or B.Y.O.B (build your own burger) from a big list of tasty toppings.
Discover more to see & do in Windsor Essex Pelee Island here. What are your favourite road trip finds in the area?