Living in Windsor
Windsor is diverse and community-oriented. Still small enough for hassle-free commutes and friendly neighborhood living, it’s also home to a symphony orchestra, excellent schools, great restaurants (http://www.windsoreats.com), a vibrant festival calendar (http://www5.windsor-essex.info/cwe/calendar.nsf/searchform), and one of the best live-music venues (http://www.phoglounge.com) in Canada, as voted by CBC radio listeners. It is also Canada’s fourth most diverse city per capita: you can expect a rich cultural mix to be part of your daily life. A medium-sized city, real estate is still very affordable, but quickly appreciating in value – it was recently identified as one of the top three real estate investment markets in Canada.
With mild winters, warm summers, and miles of waterfront, it’s an exceptional location (http://visitwindsoressex.com/outdoor-adventure) for kayaking, canoeing, and other water sports nearly all year round, and swimming in the summer. City parks and trails (http://visitwindsoressex.com/outdoor-adventure/cycling), as well as easy riding terrain further afield, offer plenty of scope for cyclists and runners, while inexpensive courses and clubs offer golfers and tennis players plenty of choice. Its role as a key resting place for all sorts of migratory species make the local Point Pelee (http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/on/pelee/index.aspx), and also your backyard, a great place for bird and butterfly watching (http://visitwindsoressex.com/outdoor-adventure/birding). Fantastic national and provincial parks (http://www.ontarioparks.com/park-locator) on both Lake Erie and Lake Huron are easily accessible for camping and hiking. An unpretentious and lively locavore culture makes the most of the region’s lush growth, family farming, farmer’s markets (http://www.weheartlocal.ca), organic produce, community-supported agriculture initiatives (http://windsorcsa.blogspot.ca) and vineyards (http://www.essexcountywineries.ca).
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Things Windsor has to Offer
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Windsor is right across the river from Detroit (http://visitdetroit.com/) whose skyline Windsorites enjoy every day. The amenities of big-city living, from a world-class art gallery (http://www.dia.org) and symphony (http://www.dso.org), to championship-winning professional sports teams, to fine dining, festivals, and performance venues, are literally minutes away. It’s a highly affordable city, and Windsorites enjoy fast, easy access to all its amenities: the bridge and tunnel take you directly into Detroit’s downtown core.
It’s a unique opportunity to experience the fascinating post-industrial city of Detroit – a city that is famously becoming one of the greatest, most challenging, and most intriguing urban laboratories in the world. From urban farming to community activism to micro-businesses to its growing community of young urban graduates from across the US, Detroit is transforming before our eyes. Windsor is a great place to be part of that, or just to watch it unfold. Other American cities are also an easy drive, from Ann Arbor and Toledo, only 45 minutes away, to places a little further afield – you can be in cities like Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati, or Columbus in 3-5 hours. The easily accessible train station and airports make travel very convenient.
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