When French traders first arrived in what would become Windsor, they named it Petite Côte, meaning Little Coast. Now connected to the lengthier coastline of Detroit, Michigan across the river via the Ambassador Bridge, Windsor is a city of 210,000 with French Canadian heritage.
Home to Chrysler Canada's headquarters, Windsor is a major hub of automobile manufacturing. The city also includes a Chrysler assembly plant, Ford Company engine plant and several automotive parts manufacturers. In addition to manufacturing, Windsor's economy has a solid base in mining at the Windsor Salt Mill, and education. Home to the University of Windsor and St. Clair College, the city also recently added a satellite medical school of the University of Western Ontario.
With charming restaurants and the Caesars Windsor casino, the city offers great opportunities for nightly entertainment. During the day, you can take in Windsor's 3,000 acres of green space, 180 parks and numerous hiking and biking trails. And don't forget the Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival, celebrating Canada Day and U.S. Independence Day. As one of the world's largest fireworks displays, the event draws close to a million spectators to Detroit River each summer.