Proud Program Of:

Arts & Entertainment


  • Best Art Gallery or Art Space:

    Art Gallery of Windsor

    From boutique art stores to expansive art galleries, there are plenty of places showcasing Windsor Essex artwork. Which is your favourite?

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  • Best Live Performance Venue:

    Colosseum at Caesars Windsor

    With thousands of fans flocking to one venue to check out the biggest names in entertainment – concerts, comedy, theatre shows and more – which…

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  • Best Museum or Heritage Space:

    Fort Malden National Historic Site

    Our roots of Windsor Essex are entrenched in Canadian history – from Prohibition to the War of 1812 to the Underground Railroad and beyond. What…

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  • Best Outdoor Art:

    Windsor Sculpture Park

    Public art installations & murals dotting our streets, parks and alleyways. Which is your favourite outdoor art exhibit – part of the museum without walls…

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  • Best Tour Experience:

    WindsorEats

    Outdoor adventure. Food & drink. History & arts. Entertainment & shopping. There are plenty of companies offering tours in the region – which one is…

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Attractions & Events


  • Best Attraction - Family Friendly:

    Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens

    There is lots to do indoors & out – outdoor fun, mini golf, arts & crafts & more. What is your favourite place to take…

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  • Best Attraction - Historical:

    John R. Park Homestead

    Our roots of Windsor Essex are entrenched in Canadian history – from Prohibition to the War of 1812 to the Underground Railroad and beyond. What…

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  • Best Attraction - Outdoor:

    Point Pelee National Park

    DYK every year 40k+ visitors come to Windsor Essex every may to see 300+ species of birds migrate through our region? Where are the best…

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  • Best Holiday Event:

    Bright Lights Windsor

    Holiday cheer happens all around the region – and we all have a special way to celebrate the season. What is your favourite holiday themed…

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  • Best Street Event:

    Downtown Windsor Farmers Market

    This year we celebrated – but with six feet in mind. Drive-ins, shopping adventures, crafty pints & outdoor adventures were all part of the fun….

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Drink


  • Best Art of a Cocktail:

    Wolfhead Distillery

    We’re talking hand shaken, meticulously crafted works of art poured into a glass. Where do you go for your favourite cocktail or martini – or…

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  • Best Brewery Experience:

    Walkerville Brewery

    The craft beer scene is booming in Windsor Essex. Where is your favourite craft pint brewed?

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  • Best Coffee Roaster or Coffee Shop:

    Anchor Coffee House

    Fresh ground, hand pressed, slow drip, fresh froth, artisanal blends, roasted in house. Coffee is a work of art. Which coffee house makes the best…

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  • Best Winery Experience:

    Pelee Island Winery

    With 19 wineries in Windsor Essex, there are plenty of great bold reds & crisp whites to sip on your next winery tour. Which one…

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Food


  • Best Bakery or Baked Goods:

    Little House of Cupcakes

    From cakes & pies to cookies & squares. Bakeries. Cupcakeries. And everything in between. Where do you go to satisfy your sweet tooth in Windsor…

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  • Best Breakfast:

    The Twisted Apron

    From the greasy spoon offering bacon and eggs to stacks of fluffy pancakes and maple syrup, there are great breakfast bites in Windsor Essex. Where…

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  • Best Burger Joint:

    Jack’s Gastropub

    From grilled to pan fried, classic format to topped with your favourite guilty pleasures, where do you go for your favourite burger?

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  • Best Date Night Spot:

    Spago

    From classic Italian to a delicious steak, or gourmet vegan meals to sharable small plate bites, there are plenty of places in Windsor Essex to…

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  • Best Farmers Market or Shop:

    Downtown Windsor Farmers Market

    Windsor Essex is known for farm fresh – producing fresh produce all year long, and brimming road side stands at almost every corner in the…

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  • Best Ice Cream Parlour:

    Dairy Freez

    Old-school custard outposts and soft-serve emporiums to new-wave artisan creameries – where do you go for a delicious frozen treat in Windsor Essex?

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  • Best Lake-to-plate Dining:

    Sandbar Waterfront Grill

    Caught fresh from Lake Erie and perfectly fried or baked, the Essex region is known as a prime source for anglers.. Where do you go…

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  • Best Pasta House:

    Spago

    Gnocchi. Spaghetti. Ravioli. Lasagna. Tagliatelle. The Windsor Essex pasta game is strong – where do you go for our favourite dish of pasta?

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  • This year we saw a lot of socially distanced while dining in the summer – and our restaurants stepped up with awesome patio experiences. Which…

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  • Best Pizza Pie:

    Armando’s

    Known for its unique style of pizza – with locally sourced cheese, shredded pepperoni, crispy crust, and toppings that always go on top – where…

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  • Best Plant Based Eatery:

    Carrots N’ Dates

    Some of the worlds top chefs are going vegetarian or vegan – and you can expect veggie-centric head-turners on menus in Windsor Essex. Where do…

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  • Best Taco Joint:

    The Grand Cantina

    Flour tortilla? Corn Shell? Tacos aren’t just for Tuesday anymore! Where do you flock to when you are craving tortilla wrapped treat?

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  • Best Take Out or Catering:

    The Penalty Box

    Our restaurants have upped their game – adding nightly specials, creating DIY kits from home, and making sure you could get the food you love…

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  • Best World Eats:

    El-Mayor

    Vietnamese, Chinese, Lebanese, shawarma, African, Ethiopian, Greek, Indian, Mexican, Polish, German & more. It’s all available at our eateries across Windsor Essex. Where do you…

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Outdoor Adventure


  • Best Anglers Attraction:

    Colchester Harbour

    Cast your reel in Windsor Essex – known as the Muskie capital of Canada, you can reel in a big one here! This is an…

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  • Sandy views along our 100 mile coast are the perfect place to bring the family for some on-the-water fun. Sand castle building, volleyball and more….

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  • Best Birding Hub:

    Point Pelee National Park

    DYK each May 40k+ visitors come to Windsor Essex to see 300+ species of birds migrate through our region? Where are the best bird watching spots…

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  • Best Campground or Cottage:

    Leisure Lake RV Resort

    When you wanna rough it in the woods or in a site with all the amenities, there are plenty of outdoor spots to rest your…

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  • Best Golf Course:

    Kingsville Golf & Country Club

    Windsor Essex has one of the longest golf seasons in Canada, running from early April to November. Which is your favourite public course in the…

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  • Best On The Water Activity:

    Urban Surf Co.

    Windsor Essex is a 100 mile peninsula surrounded by water. From canoeing to paddleboarding to jetskiing and more, where do you go for an on-the-water…

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  • Best Park or Garden:

    King’s Navy Yard Park

    Windsor Essex is a garden lover’s paradise with a plethora of flowers, trees and gardens dotting every community in the region. What is your favourite…

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  • Best Trail:

    Ganatchio Trail

    There are miles and miles of trails linking all of the communities across Windsor Essex. Which trail do you head to when you want to…

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Photo Op


  • Best City Photo Op:

    Dieppe Gardens

    Where is your favourite place to snap a photo to showcase the best sights in the City of Windsor?

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  • Best County Photo Op:

    Point Pelee National Park

    Outdoor adventures are more than just the park itself – it’s what’s inside them that makes them fun! Our outdoor hot spots all feature a…

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Shopping


  • Best Artisan or Maker:

    Michael Difazio Reclaim Artistry

    This year was all about buying local! Hand made, unique, and from someone you can get to know! If someone asks where you can buy…

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  • Best Big Brand Store:

    Costco

    Our big box retailers and major brand label store fronts play an important part of the shopping experience in Windsor Essex. Which store is your…

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  • Best Boutique Shop:

    Cindy’s Home & Garden

    This year was all about supporting small businesses and exploring small town shops and quaint street fronts looking for unique finds. Which boutique shop is…

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  • Best Locally Made Store:

    What’s Poppin’ Popcorn Factory

    If someone asks you where you can buy a Windsor Essex-made product or souvenir, where do you send them?

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  • Best Mall:

    Devonshire Mall

    Some of the best designer and brand name fashions and accessories under one roof. Which is your favourite major shopping destination in Windsor Essex?

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  • Best Shopping District:

    Kingsville

    Quaint shops along the sidewalks, artisans selling their fare, and getting to know the local owners and operators. Which is your favourite shopping district (BIA)?

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  • Best Spa or Wellness Resort:

    Estetica Day Spa

    Celebrating locations to sit back and relax. Think full body massages, facials, body scrubs & more. Where do you go to reconnect and rejuvenate in…

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Stay


  • Best Bed & Breakfast:

    Walnut Grove Bed & Breakfast

    With small town hospitality and charm at your finger tips at the 80+ bed and breakfasts in Windsor Essex – where do you go for…

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  • Best Hotel:

    Caesars Windsor

    DYK Windsor Essex has 4,000+ hotel rooms in the region? Comfy sheets, cozy pillows, beautiful views and great hospitality. Where is your favourite place to…

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  • Best Unique Stay:

    The Grove Hotel

    Everyone is looking for that Instagram moment – whether it’s set on a house boat, a uniquely designed hotel room, a floating wine barrel or…

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