City of Windsor Nominated for 23 Best of Windsor Essex Awards

The City of Windsor has received 23 nominations in the 9th Annual Best of Windsor-Essex Awards. The online initiative hosted by Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI) is about learning from locals where they like to dine, shop, play, explore and stay. The nomination period ran earlier this year, with nominees named in 47 award categories.

The City of Windsor’s 23 nominations across 14 categories cover parks, trails and other outdoor spaces, events, culture and heritage facilities, works of art and more, including the following:

  • Best Outdoor Art – Windsor Sculpture Park and Ford City Murals
  • Best Family-Friendly Attraction – Adventure Bay Family Water Park presented by WFCU Credit Union
  • Best Historical Attraction – Willistead Manor
  • Best Holiday Event – Bright Lights Windsor and Willistead Holiday Tours
  • Best Street Event – Open Streets Windsor
  • Best Beach – Sandpoint Beach
  • Best Birding Hub – Ojibway Nature Centre
  • Best Park or Garden – Coventry Gardens, Jackson Park, and Willistead Park
  • Best Picnic Spot – Willistead Park
  • Best Trail – Ganatchio Trail, Malden Park, and Ojibway
  • Best Golf Course – Roseland Golf & Curling Club
  • Best City Photo Op – Dieppe Park and Windsor Riverfront, Jackson Park, Willistead Manor, and Walkerville District
  • Best Art Gallery – Art Windsor-Essex (AWE) (City-owned facility)
  • Best Live Performance Venue – The Capitol Theatre (City-owned facility)

The City of Windsor also provides significant support to many nominees on this year’s ballot, including experiences and points of interest like Art in the Park, Carrousel of the Nations, Windsor Canada Day Parade, Windsor Santa Claus Parade, Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Parade, the Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market, Dropped on Drouillard, WIFF Alley, and more.

The voting period for the Best of Windsor-Essex Awards opens February 12, 2024, and runs to March 3, 2024. Voting is online at


“The annual Best of Windsor-Essex Awards continue to provide a fantastic opportunity to showcase our community and to celebrate some of the best places, spaces, assets, amenities and experiences that the City of Windsor and surrounding region have to offer. I’m proud to see the list of nominations again this year for the City of Windsor. Our city is growing, and these nominations highlight some of the reasons so many folks are drawn here. Congratulations to all the nominees who work together to make our communities shine.”
- Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens

“Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island created the Best of Windsor-Essex Awards to celebrate some of the best things to see and do in Windsor and Essex County, recognizing that a local social media campaign, designed to ask what locals like to see and do, will inspire visitors to want to do the same. Just by being a finalist, the City’s 23 nominations will be featured in marketing efforts all year long for visitors and locals alike to experience and explore. This year, on April 4, we will announce 47 new award winners – and applaud the City of Windsor on being profiled in so many of the award categories again this year.”
- Gordon Orr, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island