Windsor is a mid-sized Canadian city on the southwest tip of Ontario. It's an extremely multi-cultural city with over 20% of its population having been born outside of Canada. The city's rich cultural background is made aware by the Middle Eastern, Italian, and Asian neighbourhoods in Windsor. It is located across the Detroit River from the city of Detroit.
Founded as a French agricultural settlement in 1748, Windsor has grown into a multi-cultural city of just over 200,000 people. Reflecting its American neighbour across the Detroit River, it has a strong connection with the automobile industry, with many car manufacturing companies basing their Canadian headquarters in the city. The riverfront area of Windsor has been developed into a lush area of parkland that offer spectacular views of the Detroit skyline, and is the city's most well known feature.
Windsor attractions include Caesars Windsor Casino, a lively downtown, Little Italy, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Odette Sculpture Park,and Ojibway Park. The Capital Theatre in downtown Windsor had been a venue for feature films, plays and other attractions since 1929. Windsor's nickname is the "Rose City" or the "City of Roses".
Windsor is the southernmost major city in Canada. Detroit is situated just north of Windsor and offers some of the USA's best museums and cultural attractions, most notably the Detroit Institute of Arts, Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, and the Detroit Zoo. For a more quaint experience, Essex County and Pelee Island can be of interest offering many sight-seeing experiences such as wine tours (Colio Wines & Pelee Island Winery) and Point Pelee National Park, which is a 40 minute drive from Windsor to Leamington along Highway 3. Further out lies Toronto, which is a four hour drive from Windsor. Chicago is also a four to five hour drive from Windsor. Alternatively, Canada's capital, Ottawa is an eight-hour-and-forty-minutes drive from Windsor.
The city has quite a wide range in climate conditions, with average temperatures hovering around 21°F (-6°C) in January, while in July the average temperature is around 82°F. Windsor has a continental climate with four distinct seasons. The mean annual temperature is 9.5°C (49°F), amongst the warmest in Canada primarily due to its hot summers. The coldest month is January and the warmest month is July. Precipitation is generally well-distributed throughout the year.