Windsor, also known as the Rose City, is the third-largest city in Southwestern Ontario after London and Kitchener, with over 230,000 residents. It’s a four-hour drive from Toronto, about five hours from Chicago and five minutes from Detroit. Windsor is in Essex County, which comprises Tecumseh, Lakeshore, LaSalle and Amherstburg.
Windsor is home to the University of Windsor and St. Clair College, Hiram Walker distillery and Windsor Salt. Windsor is situated on the Detroit River, allowing the residents to have the Detroit skyline as the backdrop to their city. There are two hospitals in Windsor, both with 24-hour emergency services. Four school boards govern windsor’s elementary and secondary schools; Greater Essex County District School Board (Public English Board), Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board (Catholic English Board), Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence (Catholic French Board) and The Conseil Scolaire Viamonde (Public French Board).
Windsor is known as The Automotive Capital of Canada, with more than 30,000 employed in automotive production at Chrysler, Ford and General Motors and hundreds of auto-related suppliers. Being so close to the border means you can look for jobs in Windsor, Detroit and other parts of Michigan.
Fun Fact: Chicago’s Al Capone was a frequent visitor to Windsor, ON. Because Windsor is in the middle of North America’s Great Lakes system, it’s a historically strategic location for the run-running days of prohibition, which is why Windsor is also known as ‘Whiskeytown’.
Transit Windsor buses operate seven days a week across 14 routes. One of those routes passes through the Detroit/Windsor Tunnel and crosses the border! The VIA Rail line has its own Windsor International Airport (YQG) airport.
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