The Best Neighbourhoods in Windsor, Ontario, Canada

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With so many options on where to live in Windsor, it can be hard to choose where to buy your next home. Here is a quick guide of some of my favourite neighbourhoods.

Walkerville

Creative people have found their space in this beautiful section of Windsor. Once known for its historic past, Walkerville has become a place for the inspired to flex their creative muscles. It is filled with galleries and performing venues for artists, actors and musicians to show off their skills, headlined by the Walkerville Theatre. The local Walkerville Collegiate institute features the only  creative arts program in the city. 

The restaurants in the region are phenomenal, ranging from the artisanal breakfast of the Twisted Apron, to the spice and culture of Nola’s Cajun cuisine. The earthy-centred ShopEco headlines a slew of local shops, including Robbie’s Sausage, Klueless Cupcakes, and a variety of vintage clothing stores. Walkerville is one region you don’t want to overlook.

South Windsor

With so many diverse places to go and things to see, South Windsor works for just about every budget. This is the biggest neighbourhood in Windsor and the diversity can be showcased if you take Cabana Road through it. The closer you get to Devonshire mall, the more luxurious the houses look and feel. The closer you get to Dougall Avenue or St. Clair College, the more suburban and cozy the houses feel. 

Speaking of St. Clair College, the main campus is located in South Windsor and is one of the best options for post-secondary education that Windsor has to offer. There’s recreational facilities that are open to the public such as pools and gyms along with good food options within the area such as Griff’s Grill, Toscana and Healthy Creations Bakery. 

As for Devonshire Mall, this is the biggest mall in Windsor and has been recently renovated to become more eco-friendly. Enjoy numerous local and international treats from places such as Pepitos, Mucho Burrito, and Hi-Ho while shopping for your favourite fashions or before catching a movie.

Forest Glade

If you’re looking for the perfect place to raise your family, Forest Glade would be a great place to start. As one of the most suburban areas of Windsor, you’ll find many places designed for the family in mind. The Forest Glade Community Centre features everything you need to keep your body active, including tennis courts, skate parks and ice rinks. as well as a Windsor Public Library branch to keep your mind sharp as well.

The community loves recreation so much that they named one of the biggest bar and grills in Windsor, Parks and Rec. Hop in for a quick drink and bite to eat, so stop into Sugar Spoon Bake Shop for a sweet treat for every palette. This is one community that many are proud to call home.

Sandwich

Once upon a time, Sandwich was the less pretty part of Windsor. Today, the mixture of historical buildings and verging businesses have made it ideal for house flipping, students, and new business owners.  As the University of Windsor is very close to this area, many students live and work in this area, bringing their ideas with them. This includes everything from working at the local public schools like General Brock to investing time into creating artwork and murals that future generations can enjoy on almost every block.

Apart from that, businesses such as Sandwich Brewing, Barrel House, and QTea have popped up in recent years to help revitalize this part of Windsor. Enjoy some food and drinks while enjoying the many parks along the waterfront like Brock Park or going to the MacKenzie Hall Cultural Centre to see a play. For an area spanning only a few blocks, Sandwich has a million things to do, see, and relive!

Downtown

 

Downtown Windsor may not seem like it has a lot going on, but the locals and the business owners in the area tell a different story. Looks can be deceiving and there is a lot more to Downtown Windsor than meets the eye.

You may think the only that downtown only has the river and the accompying park to bring people into the area. While there are many areas to place, relax, exercise, and view amazing sculptures, that’s not the only reason to do downtown. With the Capitol Theatre, Charles Clark Square, and the Windsor Art Gallery all within the downtown area, one can enjoy many artistic passions by local artists. In addition, WIFF and the Summerfest are must-see events that every member of the family is sure to love.

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat, Manchester, Loose Goose, and Coffee Exchange are all great options. There is also the Downtown Windsor Farmer’s Market that takes places in the summer every Saturday where you can enjoy local food and businesses in one convenient place.

Olde Riverside

Riverside is where many of Windsor’s affluent people live and work, and it’s what many people aspire to. While many people wish to live here for the luxury homes and apartments close to the water and the Detroit skyline, that isn’t the only reason to think about getting a home in the area.

Many of Windsor’s most beloved food establishments like Plant Joy and Thompson House reside in the area close to the parks that line the riverfront. Not only are there parks on the waterfront, but Peche Island is only a short kayak ride away and lets you explore the nature that Windsor is known for. 

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