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Explore EPIC Wine Country- Take a leisurely drive along our own wine route - a 100-mile coastline of Canada’s Southern most wine region. In addition to over 17 award wining wineries, the route is dotted with cozy bed and breakfasts, family run farm estates, and beautiful vistas. Take a tour of the vineyards and winery production facilities, enjoy some wine tastings, stay for lunch or visit local farms. 

Hop on tours offered by WE Trolley and guided excursions available through Grape Vine Tours include visits to several wineries, a delicious lunch, tastings and shopping at winery boutiques.  Visit www.EpicWineries.com for information and get your EPIC passport with over $100 in value at participating wineries.

Take a River Cruise. Enjoy a leisurely sightseeing cruise from Festival Plaza to Amherstburg aboard Windsor River Cruises.  Enjoy historic enroute commentary as you arrive in Amherstburg for a 2 hour stop over for lunch, visit historic Fort Malden or wander the town’s quaint downtown shopping district before heading back to Windsor. Call (519) 258-0911 for details

Take a Guided Historical Tour.  The Rum Runners Tour features a live action, 5-hour bus tour with a costumed cast of rogues, villains and heroes and includes visits to historic sites all the while telling the true story of Windsor’s prohibition and bootlegging days in the roaring 20’s and the connection to Chicago’s gangsters. It’s an interactive educational tour filled with laughter, music, lunch and some whiskey tasting. Visit www.Rumrunnerstour.com or call (519) 990-5379 to book your tour.

Take a Self Guided Tour by Car – Drive along County Road 50 and Explore the Shore from Malden Centre to Kingsville. Visit over 30 businesses, farms, wineries, restaurants, outdoor recreation areas including golf, conservation areas, beaches, harbours and marinas. www.exploretheshore.ca

Enjoy a Garden Tour -The Amherstburg Garden Tour features 10 spectacular private gardens paired with artisans, musicians and a master gardener to answer any questions. Take a sidewalk stroll along Alma Street between Sandwich and Victoria Street and end your tour in the beautiful king’s Navy Yard Park with a performance by the Windsor Symphony ensemble. Saturday June 9 and Sunday June 10, 2018 from 10-4pm each day. Cost is $12 per person and tickets can be purchased at Toddy Jones Park on the day of the tour or at the Gordon House, 268 Dalhousie prior to the event.

Connect with Nature – Explore the urban, suburban or naturalized parkland of the Ganatchio Trail, Malden Park, Windsor’s Riverfront and Chrysler Canada Greenway. Journey to the southernmost point of Canada at Point Pelee National Park or take a ferry ride to Pelee Island for a natural retreat of tranquil beauty within Lake Erie.

Visit Historic Sites – Take a heritage walking tour of Kingsville’s designated properties. www.kingsvilleheritage.ca. Visit Amherstburg’s historic sites, museums and galleries. www.amherstburg.ca/en/discover/Museums.aspx

Go Golfing – Choose from over 20 golf courses that can challenge any skill level.
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 Create a Shopping Adventure -Shop for treasures along the Shores of Lake Erie from Amherstburg to Leamington dotted with over 16 business selling antiques and collectibles, arts, crafts, clothing, vintage items and home décor.

Where’s the best place to start your journey? Go on-line to www.visitwindsoressex.com or visit the Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI) office located at 333 Riverside Drive West, Suite 103 or the Ontario Travel Information Centre at 100 Park St. East for your copy of the most current Official Visitor’s Guide as well as brochures, guides and magazines with more information on the local attractions mentioned in this article as well as additional tours, festivals, concerts and recreation within Windsor & Essex County.
 

Adventures in Local Tourism

Local Tourism – Discover the Gems in Your Own Backyard

Travelling out of country to exotic destinations may be exciting but it’s not your only vacation option. Instead of expensive airline tickets and hotels, many people are opting to stay and explore their own cities and rural areas to experience some of the best attractions right in their own back yard.

Whether it’s a day trip or a weekend getaway, there are lots of options to stay, play and enjoy yourself in the Windsor/ Essex region.

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