By BRE’ANNA GRANT
WINDSOR, ON —If you’ve got a valid passport, an international trip is less than a mile away. On the other side of the Detroit River is Windsor, Ontario, in Canada. A short ride through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel or across the Ambassador Bridge will bring you to a new country of fun activities and history.
In the 2016 Canadian Census, over 1.1 million residents are black. Many may not know that slaves traveled the Underground Railroad and sought freedom in Canada. The Tower of Freedom Underground Railroad Monument in Windsor honors enslaved African Americans who traveled the Underground Railroad. According to Tourism Windsor Essex, the tower depicts the refugees’ arrival into Canada and their overwhelming emotion upon encountering freedom.
The Windsor monument is one-half of the International Memorial to the Underground Railroad. The Detroit monument in Hart Plaza, depicts the Gateway to Freedom and features a bronze sculpture of six travelers awaiting transport to Canada.
Here are four hot spots to add to your list of things to do and see:
377 Riverside Dr E, Windsor, ON N9A 7H7, Canada
Feeling lucky? Try your luck at Caesars, one of several casinos in the Detroit-Windsor area. If gambling isn’t your thing, check out the nightclubs and bars inside and around the casino. You must be at least 19 years old to gamble.
La Guardia Trattoria
59 Pitt St E, Windsor, ON N9A 2V3, Canada
Mangiamo! (Let’s eat.) Owner Mike Ciliberto has been serving the Detroit-Windsor area with his passion for cooking since 1979. Following in his Father’s tradition of excellence, his son works closely with him serving up infused Italian dishes of his very own. LaGuardia features a variety of antipasto, carne (meat), pesce (fish), insalata (salad), pizza and desserts served in an intimate setting. Everything is prepared fresh daily so you can savour the taste of Italy in their rustic contemporary dining room.
361 Ouellette Ave, Windsor, ON N9A 4J1, Canada
Step your fry game up by getting poutine, a French-Canadian classic that is served across Canada. It’s a hearty dish of french fries, fresh cheese curds and brown gravy.
Art Gallery of Windsor
401 Riverside Dr W, Windsor, ON N9A 7J1, Canada
Art lovers will enjoy looking at this public space showcasing artwork. Current exhibitions include “The Sandwich Project,” “Food for the Eye, Mind and Body” and more.