Announcing the Winners of the 7th Annual Best of Windsor Essex Awards

Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island is pleased to announce the winners of the 7th  Annual Best of Windsor Essex Awards as voted at

“For the past 7 years we have celebrated the Best of Windsor Essex by listening to you – the voters, through this social media campaign. We recognize that there have been a lot of setbacks these past two years, along this path to reopening, but there is much to celebrate and recognize in our tourism and hospitality industry” said Gordon Orr, CEO of Tourism Windsor Essex. “Better days for our tourism and hospitality industry are just around the corner and now is the time to start patronizing some of the best tourism businesses of Windsor Essex thanks to this “must see list”.”

Voting for the awards happened between February 14th and March 6th, 2022 to allow the public let us know their favourite places to go and things to do in all 48 awards. Almost eleven thousand locals voted on their favourite spots!

The goal of the Best of Windsor Essex Awards is to help create an authentic list of where locals love to go and visit that can be utilized by visitors as inspiration for travel planning.

“The exciting part about the Best of Windsor Essex Awards is seeing the votes come in – and how close some of the winners are. Often just a handful of awards helps us determine who the finalists are and who ultimately wins the category. And this year a staggering 11 thousand votes came in, that says something about how devoted locals are to their favourite spots!” said Orr. “It was great to see the passion of business owners supporting the awards, and their customers and friends sharing the message and encouraging others to vote, showing how much support our businesses have from the residents from our generous community.”

Winners were announced during a broadcast media event on Facebook and YouTube. Each winner will receive a commemorative plaque, a letter of congratulations and bragging rights, included in our 2022/2023 Official Visitor Guide to be released this May, and branding at This specifically designed site will feature a mini-profile and photo of each winner and a highlight of the top 5 finalists in each award.

You can view the full announcement here.


This Saturday join us for a FREE event at the @dwfmarket. Join us for Farm In The City when we bring the farm life to Windsor - featuring tractors, animals, seed planting, face painting & more. Check out for details - or join us Saturday May 25th from 9-2 at the Downtown Windsor Farmers Market. Thank you to our partners including ECFA, @librocu, ADM Agri-industries and @thehivepelissier

Exhibitors scheduled to be there include @ballybrightfarm @ctmhv @johnrparkhomestead @sarahparkshorsemanship @southpointequipment @ontariofarms @downtownwindsor & more

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Relax by the waterways at Lakewood Waterfront Park! From serene strolls to great picnics to simply appreciating nature, the summer fun never stops in Windsor Essex
#YQG #WindsorEssex #DiscoverON #DiscoverYQG #DiscoverCanada #OntSouthwest


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Take a two-wheeled adventure across Windsor with @ashleylaurensoul as she rides her bike across the region and on our trials.

There are so many fun stops and so much to see and do 🚲🚲

Follow this itinerary below if you want to have an amazing summer day in Windsor or if you’re showing someone the city from out of town. Like, share and comment!

Here are her stops in order:
1. @chancecoffee - For freshly brewed coffee in house.
2. @fordcitybia - Drouillard Murals for site seeing in Ford City.
3. @citycyclery - Over 5000 parts for all your biking needs.
4. @shopabunch - Curated goods for your home and body vintage style.
5. @citywindsoron - Willistead Park is a bike friendly stop with over 300 trees.
6. @walkervillemercantile - Unique clothing and goods sourced from Europe and North America.
7. - Retail shop that has a unique something for every age.
8. @funkychowkitchen - The best mouth watering asian food in the city.
9. @walkervillebrewery - Local microbrewery with quality ingredients. Live music on Fridays & bike friendly.
10. @caesarswindsor - Bike friendly along Riverfront with Detroit Skyline views.
11. @sandwichbrewing - all made in house and local using natural flavourings and ingredients.
12. @gordiehowebrg - Bring your bikes up to the Malden Park Observatory where you can see the Gordie Howe Bridge.
13. @town_of_lasalle - Ride your bikes here with over 50km of paved trails, you will see something cool in here.
14. @goattapandeatery - A casual sports bar known for their fresh burgers, chicken wings & draft beers!

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