The property surrounding Willistead Manor, appropriately named Willistead Park, contains over 300 trees, including Windsor's only persimmon, a tree native to the southern United States. As well, the park boasts a rare Shumard oak, several Kentucky coffee trees, London Plane, Chestnut, European Elm and Tree of Heaven.
In the secluded shade of Willistead Manor courtyard garden, visitors can experience the elegance of a true English garden in the Paul Martin Gardens. Lustrous shades of green are reflected in a number of different shrubs, including Oregon grape, laurel, euonymus, and shiny leafed mahonia. Hot pink, white and red impatiens add sparkle to this quiet, peaceful area.
In 1976, Windsor City Council designated Willistead Park and Manor as an official heritage property. Today, several annual events, including Art in the Park, attract thousands of people to its grounds.
A series of interconnected pathways loops through the park to enable users to enjoy all Willistead has to offer. The pathways provide a safe, dry and accessible route for walking, jogging, using a wheelchair or pushing a baby stroller. In addition to these pathways, storm drainage has been installed to further enhance the usability and enjoyment of the entire park.
For further information, please contact:
Parks and Recreation
2450 McDougall St.
Phone: For general information, call 311.
For detailed inquiries, call (519) 253-2300.
- Willistead Manor Virtual Tour
- Willistead Heritage Complex
- Carriage House
- Walking paths
- Paul Martin Gardens
- The Queen Victoria Fountain
- Playground equipment