Multi-cultural Windsor, Ontario, Canada, is right across from Detroit, Michigan, USA. Like Detroit, it has an important connection to the auto industry and an impressive waterfront to explore. Windsor's waterfront also has its own gambling casino. Ready to explore this fun-living Canadian city? Skyscanner can help you find the cheapest airfares into Windsor International Airport (YQG), find the perfect hotel and take care of that rental car. It's time to party.
Best Time to Book a Flight to Windsor Airport
Windsor lays claim to some of the most comfortable summer temps in Ontario, thanks to the Great Lakes. Average temperature in July and August is 28 degrees Celsius. The moisture from the Great Lakes also makes the winters milder, with daytime temperatures in the coldest month, January, averaging -1 degrees Celsius. That pretty much makes Windsor a great year-round destination. Flights into Windsor usually are cheaper midweek, but you can sometimes find bargains even on the weekends. Skyscanner can help. Pull up their online Whole Month Search and you'll be able to compare the fares for an entire month. Grab that great fare as soon as you find it. Chances are it won't last.
What to Expect When Arriving at the Windsor Airport
With its single terminal and five gates, the Windsor International Airport (YQG) is easy to navigate. International arrivals typically use Gate 5. It welcomes flights from various points in Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean. Canada's Custom and Immigration Offices are adjacent to Gate 5. Most domestic flights are from Toronto-Pearson and Calgary. Air carriers include Air Canada Express, Air Transat, Porter Airlines, Sunwing Airlines and WestJet. Most passenger services, including free Wi-Fi, are available in most parts of the terminal.
All passengers funnel into the middle of the terminal after clearing security checkpoints. Rental car desks are adjacent to the domestic baggage claim area. The cars are in designated lots roughly five metres from the terminal exit doors. Windsor is largely suburban with activities and sightseeing opportunities pretty spread out. That car would be a great idea, especially if you plan on driving over the Ambassador Bridge to Detroit, Michigan. Be sure and let the car rental company know you're crossing the border when you pick up your vehicle.
Some hotels in Windsor provide free hotel shuttles. Taxis are metered, charging $3.80 CAD to start plus a distance charge. Transit Windsor gets you from the airport to downtown for about $5.00 CAD. Pay on the bus using Canadian cash, except pennies, or American cash, except coins. The airport is located on the eastern end of Windsor, about 10 kilometres from downtown and the waterfront.
What to See and Do in Windsor
- Caesars Windsor is a draw for Canadians as well as for fans on the US side of the Ambassador Bridge. Not only does it offer non-stop gambling in an artsy, showy environment, the casino has an impressive onsite hotel. Gambling age in Ontario is 19, so be sure to carry ID if you're on the younger side of life. It's also best to exchange your cash for Canadian dollars elsewhere because the exchange rate at the casino is usually not as good.
- Explore the Odette Sculpture Park along the riverfront near the base of the Ambassador Bridge. Pathways lead past more than 30 whimsical artworks. Often called the "museum without walls," admission is free. The more formal Dieppe Gardens is also found along the Windsor Riverfront, as is the Canadian Club Heritage Centre, where you learn the history of Canadian Whisky, the Tallgrass Prairie Heritage Park and the Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve. It's all connected by the 25-kilometre Waterfront Trail. Roughly 10-kilometres are shared with Riverside Drive, the rest is a quiet path giving you plenty of space to hike or pedal a bike.
- Visit the Old Walkerville Neighbourhood for a look at some of the vintage Victorians that are lovingly kept up. Some of those buildings played a part in supplying the United States with alcohol during the Prohibition. Take the Rum Runners Tour for an amusing and detailed telling of the story. It's a trip back to the 1920s including music, marauding gangsters and a visit to a speakeasy, which is what the illegal booze halls were called in the USA. The name "speakeasy" came about because you had to whisper about these places in public so you didn't accidentally alert the police.
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