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Windsor Sights and Landmarks Guide, Ontario

Abundance of History and Heritage among Windsor’s Sights

Tourists can expect that there is such an abundance of history and heritage among the sights offered by the city of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. This is mainly because there are many structures and places that can be found here that speak of the past of the city. They are also known to portray the heritage in the city that was handed down from generation to generation.

The Past and Present of Windsor

The past and the present eras of Windsor worked together toward the transition that the city went through to get to where it is now. One of the structures here that speak of the advancement of the infrastructure in the city is the Detroit Windsor Tunnel. Opened starting 3 November, 1930, this underwater tunnel follows the entire Detroit River’s width. It acts as a link between Detroit and the downtown area of Windsor. Known as the only border crossing in the world that is underwater, this tunnel has been tailored to be big enough for cars. It is nearly a mile long and is 75 feet below the river’s surface.

The historical site and underground railroad of John Freeman Walls is also another example of the places in Windsor that were established in the past, but is still very much a part of the city’s present. The historical land was the terminal of the well-known “Underground Railroad” of the city. Through this railroad, tourists can explore log cabins that date way back to the years 1978 and 1846 and also travel through the historic walkway.

In the downtown area of the city, an interesting collection of statues in a series can be found. Known as the statues of the Underground Railroad Memorial, these portray the bravery and courage of the people who fled from slavery using the Underground Railroad. There is also a similar memorial erected in downtown Detroit, which shows the link between Canada and the USA when it comes to fighting slavery. The statues are the known masterpieces of Ed Dwight, a notable African-American sculptor.

Other Interesting Sights of Windsor

Aside from heritage and history, there are also other interesting sights that can capture the interest of any tourist in Windsor. One of these is the Chrysler Theater, which can be found inside the Saint Clair Center for the Arts. Seating 1,211 people, this theater presents a wide range of different productions the whole year round. These include such acts as stand-up comedies, Christmas specials, and children’s shows.

Another spectacular sight in the city that nobody should fail to see is the fountain for Charlie Brooks Memorial Peace. Every summer, this fountain is lifted right onto the Detroit River by a crane. This is so the fountain would be able to pump water more than 70 feet into the air every minute. The volume of water pumped is known to be of 12,000 gallons. The illuminating lights of 150 bulbs add to the appeal of the water show that lasts for 20 minutes.

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