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There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic put a dent in many things we were once accustomed to. For Windsorites, crossing the border to spend a day with our American neighbours was a common activity we enjoyed before the pandemic. However for the last couple of years this wasn’t a luxury we were able to take advantage of. On the bright side, with certain regulations being lifted and the travel restrictions changing, we are now able to welcome our neighbours back into Canada and also stop by their place for a visit or two.

Things to Do:

If you’re thinking of crossing the border, before doing so, check to see what the most up to date travel rules are. With that being said, if you plan to spend a day in Detroit there are many fun, family friendly activities you can check out. With just a five minute drive across the tunnel or bridge, downtown Detroit will welcome you with the festive holiday lights, the grand GM building and from there you can decide how you want to spend the day. Whether it’s shopping at Target, Macy’s or Saks Fifth Avenue, being a border city will give you access to all the perks we don’t have locally. Families can also enjoy a day at the Detroit Zoo, explore Greek Town, or visit Bell Isle Park. Not to forget, the diverse food options available, whether is Mediterranean, Italian, or just craving a good steak from Prime and Proper, you can find it all in right across the border.


Travel & Commute:

The Ambassador bridge connecting Windsor and Detroit allows residents living in LaSalle or Amherstburg to have closer access to the border. The Ambassador Bridge is a direct link to many major destinations and highways, including: I-96, I-94, I-75 and best of all the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. If you’re thinking of taking that long awaited trip and want to avoid driving 4 hours to Toronto’s airport, then the Detroit Metropolitan Airport is definitely an option, with just under an hour drive away. Most importantly, those working in the U.S. will also have a closer commute whether they cross through the tunnel or the bridge. Being a border city, this widens the horizons and can provide for many different opportunities.


Regardless of the season, weather or time of the year, there is always something to do with a little getaway from home. The vibes in Detroit are welcoming, lively and full of happy moments. Ask your realtor for tips and recommendations both locally in Windsor-Essex, or for places to visit right across the border with our American neighbours.