Windsor, OntarioWindsor, the southernmost major city in Canada, is located in Essex county, Ontario. It is close to Lake St Clair, and to Detroit, over the border in Michigan, USA. The population of Windsor is over 205,000. Interestingly enough, it is the only point along Canada's southern border where crossing to the United States involves heading north.
Windsor's city motto is the "City of Roses" as it has several large gardens on the waterfront and particularly at Jackson Park where an actual Lancaster Bomber is mounted on a concrete pedestal. Along Windsor's waterfront is an uninterrupted park 6km long.
Windsor industries include DaimlerChrysler's minivan plant, Ford Motor Company's engine plant and Hiram-Walker's Canadian Club plant. Windsor tourist attractions include Casino Windsor, nearby Point Pelee National Park and the Odette Sculpture Park. Windsor was a major entry point into Canada for refugees from slavery via the Underground Railroad.
Windsor is linked to the United States by the Ambassador Bridge and the Windsor-Detroit tunnel. It also has a tunnel that is for trains only. The Ambassador bridge is North America's #1 international border crossing. 27% of all trade between Canada and the United States crosses the Ambassador Bridge.
Every summer Windsor participates in the 2-week long Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival that culminates in a gigantic fireworks display that celebrates Canada Day and the 4th of July. The fireworks display is on the Wednesday before Canada Day.
Labour union membership is very high in Windsor, and both of the cities M.P's are members of the socialist New Democratic Party.