Category Archives: Windsor

Overlooking Two Skylines, Cities and Countries in Autumn.

Back to Belle Isle Park in Detroit I go! I’ve posted photos and written about this spot before during the heart of the summer and in the dead of winter. It’s a place I get to once a season, so below is how it looked on a recent trip in Autumm. Beautiful every time.

The Detroit River is right in front of you with Detroit’s skyline, the state of Michigan and the United States on the right. Turn to the left side of the river and you have the city of Windsor and it’s skyline, the province of Ontario and Canada.

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Time to relax and enjoy the view amongst the fallen leaves.

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

It looks like I have lots of company. πŸ™‚

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

One spot, two skylines, two cities and two countries. See you again in winter my friend!

Have you visited a spot overlooking multiple skylines, cities, states/provinces and/or countries at the same time?

Belle Isle Detroit: The Snowy Path To Two Countries.

Once a season I make my way on to Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan. It’s an island park that sits in the middle of the Detroit River. I always head to the southwestern tip of the island to capture two cities, two skylines and two countries. Windsor, Ontario, Canada is on the left, Detroit, Michigan, United States is on the right.

I’ve posted about this place before, but this is the first time I’m doing so Live and in the moment. I’m out on the snowy path to two countries in the cold, wind and snow. πŸ™‚ Beautiful.

Belle Isle park, Detroit, Michigan, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, winter

Belle Isle park, Detroit, Michigan, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, winter

Belle Isle park, Detroit, Michigan, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, winter

Belle Isle park, Detroit, Michigan, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, winter

Belle Isle park, Detroit, Michigan, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, winter

Ontario: Hanging along the Windsor Riverwalk.

Recently I was passing through Windsor, Ontario, Canada and I decided to checkout a different part of their Riverwalk (riverfront) then I had seen before. The Riverwalk sits along the Detroit River with the skyline and city of Detroit opposite, not to mention a different country, the United States.

On this day I stopped at the part of the five kilometer park near Walkerville. Many scenic and romantic park benches along with two city skyline views and a bike path going in-between. What can beat sitting on a park bench in one country, looking at the beauty of another?!

Windsor Riverwalk, Detroit river, skyline

Windsor Riverwalk, Detroit river

Windsor Riverwalk, Detroit river, skyline

Windsor Riverwalk, Detroit river, skyline

Just hanging out on the open Riverfront Trail. πŸ™‚

Windsor Riverwalk, Casino, park benches, bike path

Windsor Riverwalk, bike path, park benches

A little further down the riverwalk around Ouellette Avenue and the main drag of Windsor is Piazza Udine. You’ll find lots of greenery and gardens alongside the park benches and Riverfront Trail.

Windsor Riverwalk, gardens

Windsor Riverwalk, Detroit river, skyline

Windsor Riverwalk, gardens, Detroit river, skyline

Windsor Riverwalk, gardens

<Windsor Riverwalk, Detroit river, skyline

Windsor Riverwalk, Detroit river, skyline

It was fun-filled sunny afternoon hanging along the Windsor riverfront. You can check out my time at other parts of the Windsor riverfront in The hidden gem across the river. Windsor..

Detroit: Two countries…two skylines…one shot…

Two countries… two skylines… one shot… from Detroit! Just drive the MacArthur Bridge from Jefferson Avenue onto Belle Isle Park. It’s an island park that sits in the middle of the Detroit River.

Upon entering on the main one way road that circles the park, you’ll head towards the southwest and you’ll see to the right the Detroit skyline. The tallest building is the GM Renaissance Center. There you have the United States.

Look towards the left from the same vantage point and you got the Windsor, Ontario skyline. The white building, Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino, is what dominates. You have country number two, Canada!

Belle Isle Park - Detroit, Michigan

Belle Isle Park - Detroit, Michigan

At the tip you have nothing but the open water in front of you now too.

Belle Isle Park - Detroit, Michigan

Just lay down on the grass and soak in the flowers and the view.

Belle Isle Park - Detroit, Michigan

In all the photos, off in the distance is the Ambassador Bridge which connects the two cities and countries.

If your ever in Detroit or southwestern Ontario make sure to navigate to here. πŸ™‚

Has anyone in their travels captured two skylines in one shot? What’s your favorite spot to just relax and chill with the open water in front of you?

Ontario: A Canadian Club Whiskey Love Affair is Born.

Over time I’ve taken a liking to whiskey. Whether it be an Irish Whiskey at Buena Vista in San Francisco, a shot of Jamison at the local bar or grabbing a Jack and Coke or two before a flight, I enjoy the flavor, after taste and there is something relaxing about it.

I had the chance on a recent afternoon to visit a brand of whiskey with which I wasn’t that familiar, C. C. Canadian Club. I secured a free pass and toured one of the more well-known and historical makers of spirits and whiskey. Canadian Club headquarters and distillery are in Windsor (Walkerville), Ontario, Canada.

Canadian Club Whiskey, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Each room we toured was full of so much history and the tour guide did a great job describing since the beginning everything that has made Canadian Club what it is today.

They were founded in 1858 by Hiram Walker. They produce whiskey for over 150 countries from all over the world, with different labels, styles of bottles, proof levels and drinks to fit the culture and rules of each. For example in Australia and New Zealand you can buy Canadian Club Dry pre-made, mixed with ginger ale or coca-cola in a four-pack.

Canadian Club Whiskey, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

They had an enclosed display case with samples of the products they sell in various countries.

Canadian Club Whiskey, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

The original Canadian Club bottle shown below is displayed in Hiram’s original office. Originally called Club Whiskey, it became wildly popular in the United States and started to hinder state-wide sales. As a result, as legend says, in the late 1800’s the US government forced them and all to put the country of origin on their bottles, thus Canadian Club was born. The government thought this would hurt their popularity in the states, boy were they wrong!

Around the same time the town of Walkerville was founded by Hiram Walker. It was home to the workers of the distillery. The neighborhood has since been rolled into Windsor.

Canadian Club Whiskey, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Prohibition hit the United States in 1920 and for thirteen years it was illegal to manufacture, sell or consume beveraged alcohol. This wasn’t the case in Canada. In the basement is a meeting room shown below where business is conducted quietly and privately. The speakeasy they call it. Canadian Club was the largest distiller and most popular brand at that time, thus gangsters conducted business in the speakeasy regularly.

Smuggling took place on the Great Lakes and the Detroit River. Numerous techniques were used to try toΒ get across undetected. Driving across at night in the winter for instance. People dropped bottles in the river and later tried to retrieve them. Failed attempts resulted in bottles hitting the rivers floor. There are thought to be thousands of bottles at the bottom of the Detroit River today.

Canadian Club Whiskey, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

A famous smuggler, Bill McCoy helped get Canadian Club into the states. There were lot’s of counterfeiters at that time. but Bill McCoy sold the real stuff. When customers were looking for the real stuff, the term “The Real McCoy” came about.

At the end of tour, was the part me and everyone else I’m sure was looking forward to, taste testing! We got four whiskey samples from left to right:

  • Canadian Club Premium – a smooth and light taste
  • Canadian Club Classic 12 yr – full and smooth
  • Canadian Club Sherry Cask – a rich, full and rounded taste
  • Canadian Club Dock #57 – a full, rounded and fruity taste. My favorite.

Canadian Club Whiskey, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

In the backyard of the facility is a beautiful garden and the aforementioned Detroit River. A wedding was going on along the shoreline with the magnificent backdrop. I noticed that Hiram’s office was on the opposite side of the building from the river. I learned this was because he wanted to focus on the task at hand and not be distracted by scenery.

Canadian Club Whiskey, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Great times at Canadian Club. Soon after the tour the whiskey and I ran into each other on an Amtrak train in the Midwest.

Canadian Club Whiskey, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

…and at a local establishment.

Canadian Club Whiskey, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

If you’re in southwestern Ontario or the Detroit area and you love great history and whiskey, make sure you make the trek to Canadian Club headquarters and take the tour. Watch out other makers of whiskey, I think a love affair might be starting haha. πŸ™‚

Canadian Club Whiskey, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Any memorable distillery or brewery tours you would recommend from your travels? What’s your favorite kind of whiskey and do you like it straight or in a mixed drink?