While it’s primarily known for its automotive heritage, Windsor also boasts more than 200 city parks and gardens, the most popular of which are nestled along the waterfront. Stroll through the bright flower beds of the monument-filled Dieppe Gardens, watch the Peace Fountain shoot water 70 feet in the air in the Coventry Gardens, and when the mercury soars, head to the sandy swimming beaches of Sandpoint Park. To get the blood pumping, hike through the trails and nature reserves of the Ojibway Prairie Complex, where admission is always free, or admire the more than 30 large-scale contemporary sculptures at the Windsor Sculpture Park.

In the city’s downtown core, you’ll find one of the province’s most significant Canadian art collections, at the Art Gallery of Windsor. Also be sure to check out the Chimczuk Museum for its exhibits on the history of Windsor and local First Nations and Metis communities. Explore Ford City, a planned community built by immigrants who came to work for the Canadian Ford Motor Company, or take an architectural tour of the University of Windsor campus, established in 1857.

For a lighter dose of fun, take the kids to cool off at the year-round Adventure Bay Family Water Park. And for the adults, sign up for whiskey tours and tastings at the birthplace of the Canadian Club brand, where the building, founded in 1894, is now a historic site.

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