I dont live in Windsor anymore but i lived there for 8 years. I currently live in Hamilton and it sucks. But anyways people that are saying stay away from the river are retarded. No one is dumb enough to actually swim to Detroit. Waste of time to read that. Windsor is very safe and its nice too since you can easily cross the border to go shopping. Since thats what i did when i was living there. Windsor isn't ghetto the crime rate is higher then Toronto?! No it isn't every city has crime but i think Windsor is safe. I do remember car robberies happening... in areas that you wouldnt go unless if you had no common sense. Although i have seen those areas and i am a teenager... not afraid of Windsor. I honestly only love Windsor because my cousins and relatives all live in Sterling HTS Michigan... not Detroit(thank goodness) but i honestly love Windsor since it is near Michigan! I hate any other area in Canada since its farther from Michigan!
Windsor is safe and it is very weird because depending where you are 7 and 8 mile road arent that far from you even if you are living in Windsor and 8 mile road is scary but those people cant cross the border.
Windsor is part college town, part blue-collar industry town. For maximum enjoyment, stay Downtown. This puts you between The University district and some of the unique areas in Walkerville. There is very little of interest to tourists further east, beyond Walker Road. Avoid the entire stretch of Drouillard, which is very seedy. Great place if you like junky old slumlord rental houses, strip clubs and porn shops. Absolutely avoid the Sandwich district, anywhere west of the Ambassador Bridge/Huron Church Rd. This is drug territory, where dealers peddle their goods in plain sight. This area is industrial and offers nothing of any value for a tourist, so theres really no need to go there. Even the locals rule out this area as a place to go. The south end is largely suburbanized, but Devonshire mall is cool. Try to use the tunnel instead of the bridge. The bridge leads from the outskirts of Windsor into a neighborhood in Detroit. The tunnel connects the downtown areas of both cities, keeping you in the epicenter of the fun areas.
All along the Detroit River, especially in the Parks, you can see the distinctive yellow boxes which contain a floatation device and the warning NO SWIMMING. As the River is very swift, it is not a good idea to try and swim across to Detroit, even though it is only .5 miles to the other side. Many have tried and most have failed. Even the ones that succeeded were promptly picked up by the Coast Guard, RCMP or Detroit/Windsor Police.
Also keep an eye on your children. In some places the bars are wide enough for a small child to get through.
The river looks so serene and pretty. It also looks extremely tempting to swim across. Do not even think of doing so. The cross-current is far stronger then we realize. You can easily be swept away. Over and above this danger, I doubt this activity is legal anyway.
Here in Point Pelee National Park, Where the southernmost tip of Canada sinks into the cool waters of Lake Erie, signs warn against going into the water because of dangerous currents. But who can avoid the temptation of wading just a little. Surely it won't be risky if one goes only knee deep!