Announcing the Winners of the 8th Annual Best of Windsor Essex Awards

Windsor, ON – Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island is pleased to announce the winners of the 8th Annual Best of Windsor Essex Awards as voted at

“Now in its 8th edition, the Best of Windsor Essex Awards celebrate the best things to see and do in Windsor Essex and allow the voters to have a voice to what we showcase as some of the Best of our region” said Gordon Orr, CEO of Tourism Windsor Essex. “Even though we saw over 8k votes come through the campaign, some of the awards come down to a couple dozen of votes between 1st and 2nd place, truly demonstrating the interest in residents to celebrate their favourite places to eat, drink, shop, play and stay in Windsor Essex.”

Voting for the awards took place over three weeks between February 6th and 26th, 2023 to allow locals to let us know about their favourite spots in all 48 awards. This year almost 8k local residents voted to have their say to celebrate the best of the best! We then share that list with the world to help inspire future travel and our website users create unique itineraries – some of the 5.1+ million visitors that come to the region each year

“Though we continue to see growth in the tourism industry, 2022 was still another challenging year for businesses” said Orr. “The number of votes for the Best of Windsor Essex Awards campaign showcases how important a local audience is to help our tourism and hospitality businesses thrive, but also how devoted their customers are to celebrate their successes.”

Winners were announced during a broadcast media event on Facebook and YouTube which you can click here to view. Each winner will receive a commemorative plaque, a letter of congratulations and bragging rights. They will also be included in our 2023/2024 Official Visitor Guide to be released on April 27th, 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 category.


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