Riverfront Parks, Windsor
I am convinced that this town is dominated by the lake. Opposite the lake is Detroit, Michigan. A most relaxing way of spending the evening, would be simply relaxing by the still waters. I doubt I would ever be tired of doing that! The lake is about 2Km across. There are a few miles of walking paths along the river.
Hans (Waalewiener) took all these beautiful pictures at the lake.
This collection of parks is now one park, but at one time was several that blended seamlessly together. It goes by many nicknames, such as "Riverwalk", "Riverfront Park" and the "Riverside Park". The parks were gradually converted from numerous rail yards into one long connected park, 3 miles (5 km) long, from the foot of the Ambassador Bridge, to Hiram Walker's Canadian Club distillery. Although the vast majority of the park allows people to fish along its edge, doing so isn't recommended due to the pollution of the Detroit River. Caution must be taken while riding a bicycle along the Riverfront trail, due to young children, crowds of people walking, occasional sharp curves of the bike trail, and the large amount of Canadian Geese and other migratory birds that rest and walk along the parkland and trails. Because of this, a city-posted speedlimit of 20 km/h (12 mph) is in effect on the trail.
Stretching from the Hiram Walker Distillery in the East and winding along Detroit River to the Ambassador Bridge in the West, is Windsor's RIVERFRONT TRAIL. On any given day you will see folks walking, jogging, fishing, roller-blading, having a picnic and as shown in this picture riding their bikes.
As you walk east/west you will pass Dieppe Gardens, Odette Sculpture Park, Vietnam Veteran's Memorial and Assumption Park.
You will also see the Festival Plaza, Spirit of Windsor train engine, a number of playgrounds (photo #2) and the replica of a train station depot, housing the public washrooms (photo 3 & 4)
From the Northern edge of the paved riverwalk along the Detroit River in Windsor, you may enjoy seeing the beautifully landscaped gardens, a refreshing water fountain, waterfoul and benches to sit and relax.
One of the things that makes Windsor so special is the Riverfront Trail which outlines the northern border of the city, along the Detroit River. This 5 km walking and cycling path goes from the Ambassador Biridge to the Hiram Walker Distillery. Numerous parks, gardens, and other special features are found along the way. These include:
Viet Nam Veterans Memorial
Odette Sculpture Park
Great Western Park
This is a wonderful place to walk, jog, bicycle, skate, picnic, sightsee, fish, fly a kite, rest, play or people watch. It was our favorite part of the city.
Windsor's waterfront path winds you through Odette Sculpture Park, a modern assortment of outdoor art. This is the best place to see the Detroit skyline, directly across the river. You'll also appreciate the Canadian greenery in contrast to the Stateside pollution factories!