city of windsor ontario

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Windsor, ON

Lat: 42° 20.448   Long: 82° 55.854

 

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: Major City
  • Monitors VHF: 68
  • Charts: NOS 14848
  • Customs: Yes
  • Coast Guard
  • Transient Docking
  • Anchorage
  • Diesel
  • Gasoline
  • Potable Water
  • Pump Out
  • Washrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Repair Services
  • Provisions
  • Pharmacy
  • Hospital/Clinic
  • Banks/ATM
  • Restaurants/Pubs
  • Shopping
  • Internet
  • Amenities
  Important Numbers

Area Code519
Emergency911
Police(519) 258-6111
Hospital(519) 973-4444
Pharmacy(519) 974-4443

DISTANCES


Port Distance (nm) Port Distance (nm)
Sarnia, ON 55 N Anchor Bay, MI 24 N
Amherstburg, ON 19 S Put-In-Bay, OH 46 S
Pelee Island, ON 50 S New Baltimore, MI 26 N

DESCRIPTION


First settled by the French in the mid-1700's, the city of Windsor Ontario reflects its French-Canadian heritage to this day. It was where the War of 1812 began and played a continual role in that conflict. Windsor was also the northern terminus for the Underground Railroad, the secretive route that brought slaves from the southern plantations up to Canada, where slavery did not exist.

In the early 20th century, Windsor played a prominent role in smuggling alcohol into the United States after prohibition was enacted. For 13 years, the waters between Windsor and Detroit saw traffic in alcohol that accounted for a stunning 75% of all liquor consumed in the United States during that period.

Long a major manufacturing centre and key site of Canada's automobile industry, Windsor has a rich cultural life that includes theatres, museums, parks, post-secondary institutions and hospitals.

APPROACHES


The city of Windsor Ontario 's marinas and yacht clubs are situated where the Detroit River flows out of Lake St. Clair on its journey to Lake Erie.

FROM THE NORTH
A cruising sailor has 2 options here: 1) follow the main channel or 2) head SW from the main channel between Peche Island and the mainland.

Following Fleming Channel (the main channel), you will pass the southern tip of Peche Island, passing the Peche Island light (FL R). The next light is "DPB", a RG with a Fl (2+1) RED light. Approaching this light, turn to port and enter the secondary channel. Follow it to the Windsor Yacht Club, Riverside Marina and Lakeview Park Marina.

The 2nd option would see you follow the alternative channel, heading SW from Fleming Channel to the channel marker "DP7, a Fl GREEN light and "DP8", a F RED light. proceed to "DP5", a Fl GREEN marker. Once you pass "DP5", Lakeview Park Marina will be on your port, followed by Riverside Marina and the Windsor Yacht Club. There are fixed RED and GREEN lights at the entrance of Lakeview Park Marina. The others are all beside each other as you move downstream along the coastline.

FROM THE SOUTH
Follow the main channel north until you reach channel marker "D110", a Fl RED light. When you pass"D110", bear to starboard and enter the secondary channel. You will pass "DPB", a R/G bifurcation buoy showing a Fl(2+1) RED light. On your starboard will be "DP2", a Fl RED light. Approximately 1/2 nm further on, you will approach "DP3", a GREEN marker buoy. On your starboard will be Windsor Yacht Club, Riverside Marina and Lakeview Park Marina.

MARINAS, YACHT CLUBS, MOORINGS, ANCHORAGES


Lakeview Park Marina   (519) 948-3383   VHF 68
This is a large municipal marina with approximately 300 slips - 25 set aside for transients. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pumpout station. There is water and power at each slip. There are washrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Amenities include picnic areas and BBQ's.

Riverside Marina   (519) 948-3006   VHF 68
Riverside marina lies between lakeview Park Marina and the Windsor yacht Club. It has approxiamtely 100 slips with a number set aside for transients. There is a fuel dock (gasoline only) and pumpout station. Water and power are available dockside. There are picnic tables and BBQ facilities.

Windsor Yacht Club   (519) 945-1863   VHF 68
WYC has transient facilities available ona reciprocal basis dependent on availability. There are washrooms and showers available. The clubhouse has a dining room and a more casual bar.

REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE, PROVISIONING, BANKS/ATM's


There are no repair facilities at the marinas mentioned above. However, there are several marina and repair facilities located further downriver near LaSalle, ON.

Although there is a good selection of grocery stores across Windsor, there are few near the marinas. The closet would be a Metro on Riverside Dr. E, about 1 mi/1.6 km away.

Major banks are located on Wyandotte St. E., about 1 mi/1.6 km from the marinas. All will have ATM machines.

MEDICAL SERVICES


There are 2 hospitals in Windsor: Hotel-Dieu Grace (519) 973-4444 and Windsor Regional Hospital (519)254-5577.

There are pharmacies and specialty medical services available throughout Windsor. A close pharmacy is Riverside Pharmacare Drug Mart (519)974-4443 on Wyandotte St. E., about 1 mi/1.6 km from the marinas. It is part of an after hours walk-in medical clinic.

PLACES TO EAT


Although located well away from the city centre, there are some good restaurants you might want to check out.

Menard's is located a few minutes from Lakeview Park Marina. Its a seafood restaurant that is well-known in Windsor.

Lilly Kazilly's Crabshack is located right at Lakeview Park Marina. It has a patio offering a great view of the river and Lake St. Clair. As you can imagine from the name, it specializes in seafood. However, it also has an extensive menu of steaks, pastas, etc.

THINGS TO DO/SEE/VISIT


Windsor has many attractions for a visiting sailor. To access these will require a taxi or public transport, as the marinas are located north of the city centre.

Caesars Windsor is a gambler's mecca. This casino draws visitors from southern Ontario and from neighbouring states as well.

Canadian Club - Canada's iconic whisky is distilled at the Hiram Walker Disillery in Windsor. They have an excellent tour that details the history of this world famous brand.

Windsor has a long and extensive riverside park system that is a delightful walking experience.

This City of Windsor Ontario tourism site will give you a number of ideas on getting the most of your visit.

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