Windsor-Detroit

View from Windsor Ontario

View from Windsor Ontario

Windsor-Detroit is the busiest border crossing in North America, thus Windsor is Canada’s primary gateway to the United States. In fact, Windsor was originally called South Detroit, as it lies on the South side of the Detroit River. The name “Detroit” comes from the French and literally means “of the straight” or “on the river”. Even with strict border controls, it seems impossible to separate these two cities, which function together like Yin and Yang as opposed to identical twins. Both cities have a prominent manufacturing sector, thanks to the invention of Henry Ford. Windsor factories produce a large portion of the parts for all three major Amercian brands of automobiles. Windsor is the home of the most successful casino in North America, and so many Detroiters enjoyed it that Detroit followed with three of its own casinos. Detroit certainly has the nicer skyline, which is ideally enjoyed from the Windsor side, hence the photo of our American counterpart is one of the most recognizable images for Windsorites.