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My name is Louisa Kerling and I am a German student visiting the University of Windsor. In Germany I study Tourism Management. With this blog I will show you the beautiful sides of Windsor. My intention is to bring Windsor a little closer to you and give you some insights into my stay in Canada. I will take you on my trips in Windsor and the surrounding area and give you recommendations for things to do. This should help to reduce your first doubts about living abroad.


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Post date: Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - 11:47

Hello everybody!

Louisa here. Well, what can I tell you so far about Windsor and the surrounding are? To be honest, I like it here very much. I've heard so much about how being in Windsor allows you to enjoy the best of all worlds. And so far, it's true.

You can enjoy city life without the chaos of big city traffic jams, overall congestion, and high prices often assoicated with major metropolitan areas. But in about a 20 minute ride, you can be in a small, quaint and historic town. Or drive another 20 minutes and you'll be in a national park discovering local flora and wildlife near the water. The area offers many parks and trails. On weekends during the summer months, these parks in and around Windsor often host great little festivals or markets. Especially on these days, the cozy and relaxed side of Windsor comes out. And the sunshine - it's plentiful. Plus the local culture, food, and other attractions add to the excitement. Sharing my stories with you is the part I love!

Louisa in Amherstburg waterfront with sun setting in background

This is me in Amherstburg, Ontario during a beautiful sunset on the Detroit River waterfront

Exterior of Dillon Hall

Dillon Hall at the University of Windsor. Dillon Hall is built in Gothic Revival style.


Windsor has an incredibly good location. It is close to the Great Lakes, the U.S. border, and allows for visits to other destinations. Windsor offers incredible sunsets due to its waterfront location and invites you to take walks along the waterfront or in one of the parks. A good Italian restaurant in Little Italy or a visit to the neighboring towns of Windsor-Essex will make your stay in Windsor unforgettable. There is a lot to see and experience. 

Post date: Saturday, July 16, 2022 - 11:22

Louisa eating a dessert near Bad Witch Bakery

From Thursday, June 9, 2022 to Sunday, June 12, 2022, the Poutine Festival took place at the Riverfront Festival Plaza. I was told that this year´s event was a little smaller than usual and there are usually more food trucks at the Poutine Festival. It was also the first time that this festival took place after the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

Poutine is a French-Canadian food made of French Fries covered with gravy and cheese curds - and other toppings. It tastes great but there are a lot of calories in it. This year there were five food trucks. For me as a "poutine beginner” it was of course good, because I could decide more easily which one to try. I got my portion from Herbert's Fries food truck. My portion was really fantastic! My poutine toppings were bacon and spring onions.

Different types of poutines at the "Poutine Festival"

Different types of poutines from various food trucks at the "Poutine Festival"

“Herbert's Fries“ Food Truck

“Herbert's Fries“ Food Truck

All events can be found on the official tourism website of Windsor "Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island" or under the following link https://www.visitwindsoressex.com/events/. I suggest visiting this page regularly to keep you informed about upcoming events and festivals.

Post date: Friday, July 15, 2022 - 00:16

LaSalle Strawberry Festival Entrance poster

From June 9 to June 12, 2022 the Strawberry Fest took place in LaSalle. LaSalle is a neighboring town of Windsor. Due to the festival, an extra bus service was created, which made it possible to get from downtown Windsor to Strawberry Fest. The entrance fee to the festival was $5.00. 

In the festival area there were various food trucks; lemonade stands as well as various stands selling clothing or accessories. There were also various rides for young and old and game booths such as "duck fishing"; "dart throwing" and much more.

Throwing game at the LaSalle Strawberry Festival

Some throwing game at the LaSalle Strawberry Festival

Different food trucks at the LaSalle Strawberry Festival

Different food trucks at the LaSalle Strawberry Festival

Clothing booth at the LaSalle Strawberry Festival

Clothing booth at the LaSalle Strawberry Festival

Post date: Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 23:37

You need a car or a bike and you may be wondering where you can rent one? I have two suggestions for you. You can rent a car from the "Enterprise" car rental company https://www.enterprise.de/de/home.html. You have to be at least 21 years old, but sometimes you can only get a car when you are 25 years old. If you are 21 years old and rent a car, you will actually have to pay a little more for insurance than people who are 25 years old.  Logically, you need a driver's license, which entitles you to drive a car in Canada. 

Alternatively, you can rent a bike at "Bike Windsor Essex", you can rent it hourly, daily or weekly https://bikewindsoressex.com/programs/bike-rental/. If you rent it weekly, check with the residence to see if and where you can store the bike.

Friday Night Lights by WindsorEats

Preparing for group bike ride

Before we left, we were given some instructions on how to behave in traffic.

Bike stop at "Walkerville Eatery"

In "Walkerville eatery" was our first stop of the evening.  We all had a drink here and sat outside in a cozy atmosphere and talked. After about 45 minutes we went on again.

Bike ride at night through the city and past Caesars Windsor.

Post date: Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 21:19

Louisa playing an piano game

Me while I am playing a piano. This was about skill but also speed.

Go-Cart-Arena

Go-Cart-Arena

Arcade Game

Arcade Game

If you're looking for a fun night out with friends, I highly recommend the “Big Time Entertainment Center“ in Windsor. Whether old or young, there is something for everyone here. 

The “ Big Time Entertainment Center“ is located at 2411 Dougall Avenue in Windsor which is 4.5 km from the University.  
There are different arcade games or you can play laser tag or drive a go-cart. There are also billiard tables; trampolines or you can try your hand at axe throwing.
In between you can have something to eat or drink in the in-house restaurant and then you can continue to collect points. You get a card at the beginning and you can load some money on this card. The money is converted into credits, with which you then "pay" the slot machines. The better you are in a game, the more points you get for that game. At the end of the day, you can redeem your accumulated points for a prize or keep them on your card for the next visits. Prizes include everything from candy to expensive toys/items.

Post date: Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 19:59

Art in the Park

Art in the Park

Birdhouses of different sizes and colors

Birdhouses of different sizes and colors were sold here

Different soaps being sold inside booth

Different soaps were sold in this stand

On Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5 the "Art in the Park" festival took place again in Willistead Park. The entrance fee was $7 dollars. For me, it was definitely worth the entrance fee.
In the park there were several food and beverage booths; jewelry booths, art and paintings for sale. You could also buy clothes or regional products like honey or cooking oil. I liked it there very much and I thought it was great to see the different vendor stands where people were selling interesting things.

In addition, music was played at various points in the Park. And the Park also has a small playground for children. Be sure to look at the big Willistead Manor house and the coach house – which were built by Hiram Walker who started the whiskey industry in Windsor back in 1856. I would say there was something for young and old. I myself bought some regional honey and some jewelry.

Post date: Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 12:39

Here is some short information about Windsor. Windsor is located in southwestern Ontario and is therefore the southernmost city in Canada. The city is located on the Detroit River and is connected to Michigan, USA by the Ambassador Bridge and the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel (both of which are only for cars and busses). It is located in Essex County, but the City is independent of it. Also, it is the third largest city in southwestern Ontario with a population of approximately 229,660.  Because of its location, summers are long and often very hot and humid.

Windsor has its own small airport, which offers for example direct flights to Toronto, Montréal or Halifax, especially in the summer months. However, more blog entries will follow on this. In winter, of course, these destinations can be visited with a stopover in Toronto. 

In Windsor there are various restaurants, shopping facilities such as the Devonshire Mall and recreational opportunities. Devonshire Mall is very large and offers you various services, restaurants and clothing stores. Especially cycling or a walk along the waterfront or in one of the many parks in and around Windsor are ideal. For example, there is the "Windsor Sculpture Park" which runs along the waterfront to the Peace Fountain & Coventry Gardens. In the Sculpture Park there are several sculptures designed by artists from all over the world. It is close to the University and well worth a walk!

Apple sculpture in park

Apple sculpture in Sculpture Park

Elephant sculpture in park

Elephant sculptures in Sculpture Park

Post date: Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 09:54

King's Navy Yard Park monument

Monument at King's Navy Yard Park

Sunset on waterfront in Amherstburg

Sunset on the Detroit River waterfront in Amherstburg

Ice cream and frozen yogurt shop

Waterfront Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

Amherstburg is about 30 minutes (by car) away from Windsor. Amherstburg is in Essex County and is a very historical little town. In Amherstburg you can visit the Fort Malden National Historic Site, where you can learn about the history of Canada, especially the War of 1812 between Canada (then a British colony) and the United States.

Also, Amherstburg is home to the Amherstburg Freedom Museum, which is also known as the North American Black Historical Museum.

Downtown Amherstburg also has some attractions to offer and is well worth a walk.  In the King's Navy Yard Park, which runs along the river, you will find several monuments and beautiful flower beds. Sometimes you can watch big freighter ships going uo and down the Detroit River – wending their way among the many islands of the River.

And the perfect end to your day would be some ice cream at the Waterfront Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt! The ice cream tastes fantastic there.