Travel Stops


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.

Carousel of Nations

Food and beer in hand
Finally, the "Carousel of the Nations" festival has taken place again. The Carousel of the Nations is a festival in Windsor that offers visitors and residents a glimpse of a great variety of different cultures and traditions and international cultures. It really is like a trip around the world! The festival lasts two weeks and different “villages” are built in several locations around the city of Windsor. Note that they are only open on the weekends.

On the first weekend from June 17 to June 19, there was the Bavarian Village; Caribbean Village; Greek Village; Mexican Village; Polish Village; Scottish Village; Serbian Village; African Village and Hungarian Village.

Restaurant Recommendations

Near Campus: 

The following restaurants are all within walking distance of campus. For pizza/burgers/salads, I can recommend Sam's Pizzeria and Cantina.  According to my taste, the pizza there is very good and the place is a bit of a sports bar. Sam’s is about 5-10 minutes from campus, east of Wyandotte St.

Grocery Store

grocery store

The location of the UWindsor campus and the various residence halls in Windsor is very good. There are several grocery stores that can be easily reached on foot or by bus when you need to buy food.

For daily needs (including medicine), there is a Shoppers Drug Mart about a 15-minute walk east of the campus on Wyandotte St.

Kingsville + Leamington

front of Carnegie arts and visitors centre kingsville

I have explored Leamington and Kingsville, the last two large towns in Essex County. It is quite possible to visit both towns in one day. It's a 45-minute drive from Windsor to Kingsville and about 15 minutes from Kingsville to Leamington. I personally liked Kingsville better than Leamington, but I would advise you to explore both places for yourself and make up your own mind!

Pelee Island & Point Pelee National Park

I have already briefly mentioned Point Pelee and Pelee Island in the Kingsville & Leamington blog, but I would like to tell you more about these interesting places in this blog post.


view of the water while sailing

I travelled to Halifax, Nova Scotia (on the east coast of Canada) from July 22 to 29th. I flew there with Flair Airline directly from Windsor. The flight takes about 2:30, but when you arrive in Halifax you are in the Atlantic time zone which is 1 hour later than Windsor. My flight to Halifax was on July 22 in the evening and I returned to Windsor in the afternoon of July 29. Personally, I think Halifax and the landscape are really beautiful - as I have mentioned, I love the landscapes in Canada!


la grande roue de montreal at vieuxport

The first trip I took on my own was to Montréal which is the largest city in the Canadian province of Québec. One fact about Montréal that many people don't know is that Montréal is located on an island, Île de Montréal. This island is surrounded by the Saint-Lawrence River and the estuaries of Ottawa. French is the official language in the city. In 1642, Montréal was founded by French colonialists and later Montréal was taken by the British. This is why English is spoken in Montréal as well.

Toronto & Niagara Falls

CN Tower Toronto

On my last big trip to Canada, I decided to go to Toronto for a weekend. It takes about 4.30 hours to get from Windsor to Toronto. You can get there by train, bus or car and I would recommend the train as the easiest option

Toronto is a big city and so there are many different accommodations in the city and surrounding area. As a small tip, if you want cheaper accommodation it might be worth looking in the towns near Toronto, as staying directly in the city is often a bit more expensive than staying a short distance outside the downtown. In principle, I would also recommend about 3-4 days for Toronto, as the city has a lot to offer. You can also take a day trip to Niagara Falls which is about 130 km southwest of Toronto – around the western end of Lake Ontario. No one will believe you've been to Canada if you haven't visited Niagara Falls! I'll come to that in more detail later.