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    MACKENZIE HALL

    by LoriPori Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    With its elegant and traditional ambiance MACKENZIE HALL offers a flexible venue for receptions, arts and cultural events, professional seminars and other special events. Built in 1855 by Alexander Mackenzie, Canada's second Prime Minister, the Hall features the Court Auditorium with 20-foot ceilings and grand mullion windows, and the MacDonald Room, a refurbished turn-of-the-century courtroom. Group tours available on request.

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    FORD CITY DISCOVERY CENTRE

    by LoriPori Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Located in the Greater Drouillard Area Ford City Discovery Centre and business district boasts 36 murals on twenty sites depicting both important and interesting past events as well as to the works of people who have dedicated themselves to this community. Visit the Ford City Parkette on Whelpton where the unique "Generations" sculpture is located. All works of art have been produced by local Windsor artists.

    Ford City Mural
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    Ruscom Shores

    by Khart Written Feb 19, 2011

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    Situated alongside Lake St. Clair, Ruscom Shores Conservation Area is an attractive natural marshland area with a well-managed trail ideal for some outdoor enjoyment and tranquility.

    This quaint 120 acre Conservation Area, designated an Environmentally Significant Area, is great for peaceful walks and nature viewing. Ruscom Shores is a perfect for spotting shorebirds, waterfowl and other spring migrants, as well as many prairie plants.

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    GURDWAARA KHALSA PARKASH TEMPLE

    by LoriPori Written Sep 29, 2008

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    After 10 years of work, the members of the Sikh Cultural Society completed their 26,000 square foot GURDWAARA KHALSA PARKASH TEMPLE in 2000. Designed by local architect Surendra Bagge, it copies traditional Sikh architecture of 600 years ago. The onion-shaped dome, designed to look like a lotus flower, rises 70 feet.
    The Temple was part of the DOORS OPEN WINDSOR 2008. I have always wanted to visit the Temple as I pass it occasionally when I drive on County Road 42 and always wondered what it was like inside.
    On entering GURDWAARA, we were asked to remove our shoes and cover our head. Hans and I had a white scarf tied around our head. We were then put into a small group with a guide who would show us and tell us about the Temple, which was huge with special effects around the windows and four doors of the main hall, which signifies that everyone is welcome to Gurdwaara irrespective of caste, colour, religion or nationality.
    A Sikh told us a little of himself and the fundamental principles of Sikhism.
    We were then offered to have a little snack. Traditional dishes were served (no meat of any kind). There were honey balls, a dish with fried dough & spinach, a very spicy dish with tomato sauce & chick peas and a fried dough stuffed with potatoes, peas and spices. We were also offered tea or water to drink. And , oh yes, you must sit on the floor to eat. I sat in a squat position.
    All in all a wonderful experience.

    Gurdwaara Temple Main Hall - Sikh Teachings Sikhs - ceremonial drums Sikh Ceremonial knives & swords

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    FRANK JOYCE HOUSE - DOORS OPEN WINDSOR 2008

    by LoriPori Updated Sep 29, 2008

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    One of the few remaining mansions of east Windsor's "millionaire's row", the Tudor Revival FRANK JOYCE HOUSE was designed by Sheppard & Masson and built 1915 - 1916, for Detroit industrialist Frank Joyce. It is typical of the fine homes that were being built for prominent citizens along Riverside Drive during this period.
    The Sisters of St. Joseph used the building as a convent for 55 years ( 1953 -2006). It was recently purchased by Academie Ste. Cecile International School, for use as a school and retreat centre.

    Frank Joyce House The Chapel

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    FESTIVAL EPICURE

    by LoriPori Written Jul 5, 2008

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    Held at the Riverfront Festival Plaza FESTIVAL EPICURE is on July 4, 5 & 6, 2008.
    Friday 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
    Saturday Noon - 1:00 a.m.
    Sunday 2:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Adults $5.00 for a day pass
    Children 15 and under free with adult

    Many local restaurants ( over 30 ) featuring their popular dishes including ribs, pasta & wood-fired pizza, sushi & Japanese cuisine, crepes and frozen yogurt. Many local wineries will be present also.
    Entertainment all three nights also. Check the website for more information.

    Windsor's Riverfront Festival Plaza

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    CAESARS WINDSOR

    by LoriPori Updated Jul 5, 2008

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    Located in downtown Windsor on the banks of the Detroit River, CAESARS WINDSOR offers 24 hours of gaming action. With over 80 table games and 3,000 slot machines, you'll always be able to find your favourite game. My favourite is the triple play poker machine.
    A $400-million expansion project finished June 2008. Besides the Colloseum entertainment Centre, a 100,000 convention centre and another hotel tower were added.
    The Collosseum at Caesars Windsor is a 5,000 seat venue making it the largest of its kind within all of the Harrah's properties. With State-of-the-art sound and lighting, the Colosseum now fetures some of the biggest names in entertainment.
    Since May 31, 2006 Windsor's Casino became one of the few smoke-free commercial casinos in North America.

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    The Masonic Temple

    by kris-t Updated Feb 16, 2008

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    Freemasonry is a fraternal organization whose membership is held together by a shared set of moral and metaphysical ideals. Groups of Freemasons are called lodges, while the buildings in which they meet are sometimes referred to as temples. Temples may house the meetings of numerous Masonic lodges, as well as other Masonic groups such as Scottish Rite bodies or Knight Templar commanderies.

    There are thousands of Masonic temples around the world. One of them is in Windsor.

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    Windsor Raceway

    by kris-t Updated Jan 20, 2008

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    Racinng, Slots and a whole lot more

    Be sure to check out special events happening at Windsor Raceway!

    1 Ticket price 2CAD

    Programs become available normally up to 48 hours prior to post time on most days.

    Additional Amenities:
    Free on-site parking, valet parking

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    ART GALLERY OF WINDSOR ( AGW )

    by LoriPori Updated Nov 5, 2007

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    The ART GALLERY OF WINDSOR (AGW) began in 1943 in Willistead Manor. The AGW moved into a renovated Brewery warehouse on the Detroit Riverfront in 1975, gradually earning its status as one of Ontario's most significant galleries. The gallery temporarily relocated to Devonshire Mall in 1993. Actually, I really liked it when it was there - so much more accessible to the public. But in 2001 the AGW returned to its former downtown waterfront site in a brand new state-of-the-art facility.
    AGW permanent collection is made up of over 3000 works of art, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, illustrations and sculptures. All works are relevant to our Canadian cultural heritage.
    Admission is $3.00 per person

    Art Gallery of Windsor ( AGW)
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    Have fun at the playground!

    by sabogg01 Written Nov 5, 2007

    We loved the playground located in one of the parks along the riverfront!
    The swings were different than what you can normally find in the US. It allowed us to be kids again! lol :) A very fun and inexpensive thing to do.

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    GANATCHIO TRAIL

    by LoriPori Updated Sep 28, 2007

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    The GANATCHIO TRAIL is a wonderful way to spend your afternoon, either walking, jogging, roller-blading or just people watching. It starts in the Little River area and winds its way along Riverside Drive, past Sandpoint Beach and all the way to the town of Tecumseh.
    Once a narrow strip of swampland stretching eight kilometres, the trail was once a route of streetcars connecting East Windsor with Tecumseh. Named for the native name for Lake St. Clair, the Ganatchio Trail has lured residents into healthy exercise for nearly 25 years. The property was acquired in 1979 and underwent a huge transformation in 1983. Fill which was removed during the dredging of the Detroit River for the construction of Lakeview Park Marina, was hauled to the trail site and the swamp steadily disappeared as the trail emerged. A path through the Little River Corridor, guides people to the 200 acres of naturalized parkland and its landscape of Carolinian trees, ponds and meadows.

    Ganatchio Trail
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    Wineries in Southwestern Ontario

    by Dabs Updated Aug 23, 2007

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    We took a driving tour down to the Lake Erie shore and there are quite a few wineries along the way, mostly in Kingsville, Harrow and Amherstburg. Lori had wanted to stop at the Pelee Island Winery in Kingsville but as it looked closed we headed to the Colio Estate Winery where we went in for a tasting.

    The people working there were extremely friendly, you get 4 tastes for free, Lori and I both bought a bottle but unfortunately Kat couldn't because she didn't want to lug the wines with her on the plane going back and they wouldn't ship to the US because of all the weird restrictions regarding the shipment of alcohol.

    For a listing of all the wineries and a map of their location, see the website below.

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    Visit Via Italia

    by chagi1 Written Apr 26, 2007

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    Windsor has a huge Italian community so much so that there is even an Italian "district". Via Italia is on Erie Street not too far from downtown. On Erie street you can find many different authentic Italian food, wonderful Italian style cafes serving cappuccinos, espressos and other drinks, as well some great dessert, and Italian style breads.
    It's definitely worth a visit!!
    One of my favorite places to visit on Erie street is Italia Bakery. Here you can find Wonderful fresh made breads, some hot foods, many different cheeses and salamis as well as a huge selection of Italian sweets, anything from cannolies, to tirimisu, to pies, cakes and biscotti.

    The most difficult part is deciding what you will have!!!

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    Look but Probably Don't Buy

    by janetanne Written Aug 22, 2006

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    As I have already written, Windsor, at least in the summer months, is full of beautiful flowers. Obviously, there must also be shops where people buy these flowers! One such place, we found along our drive through Essex County, along Lake Erie.

    When I saw the displays of pink and fuchia pettals covering the entire landscape of the house next to this shop, naturally I could wait to stop the car and take a photo. I also thought that my mother would just love to have one of the hanging baskets for her deck. Unfortunately, you cannot transport plants from Canada into Michigan! So, the pictures will just have to do! Nevermind, at least you don't have to water the photos:):):)

    A Tower of Flowers Flowers for Sale but only in Canada
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