Canada

Windsor, Ontario

A Guide to Running in Windsor. See Also Our Detroit Running Guide

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Canada’s southernmost city, Windsor, Ontario, is located on the south side of the Detroit River, directly across from Detroit. It is a major automotive and industrial center, and the busiest border crossing on the Canada-U.S. Border. The highlight of running in Windsor is the Riverfront Trail, which stretches for several kilometers east from the Ambassador Bridge. The other best places to run in Windsor are: the Little River Corridor Park and East Riverside Park in East Windsor, connected by the 8 km Ganatchio Trail. In West Windsor, a series of parks and preserves includes Malden Park and trails in the Ojibway Preserve/Woods. Special thanks to the folks at Running Factory for their help with this Windsor guide.

In addition to our routes in Windsor, we have an extensive running guide to Detroit. Note: A passport is needed to get into Canada and there can be queues at the border. It is not possible to walk across the Ambassador Bridge.

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Windsor Riverfront Path

Windsor, Ontario

The signature run in Windsor is the riverfront path on the the south bank of the Detroit River. It runs for 5 km between the Ambassador Bridge and Wildflower Garden to the east. Can continue further east to Coventry Gardens. Parks, river views, sites.
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Herb Gray Parkway Trail

Windsor, Ontario

A good option for a long, off-road run in west Windsor. This relatively new trail runs parallel to the Herb Gray Parkway/Canada 401 for 8 km from Malden Park to just past Howard Ave. and can be combined with our Malden Park/Ojibway Woods route.
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Windsor Riverfront Path

Windsor, Ontario

The signature run in Windsor is the riverfront path on the the south bank of the Detroit River. It runs for 5 km between the Ambassador Bridge and Wildflower Garden to the east. Can continue further east to Coventry Gardens. Parks, river views, sites.
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RUNNING STORES

The Running Factory is Windsor’s signature running store. They have two locations — one of which is ~2.5 miles east of the eastern terminus of the Riverfront trail.

The Running Factory also coaches multiple clinics per year:

  • Running 101 Clinic – a beginner runner’s approach
  • Half/Full Marathon Clinic – training group to get to 13.1 and 26.2 start lines trained and healthy run multiple times per year.

GROUP RUNS

There’s a good list of running groups in the Windsor area. The folks at Running Factory provided this list:

Malden Park Runners
Blue Heron Blazers
Dub City Runners
Social Running Group
Riverside Runners
Amherstburg Running Club
Belle River Running Club
LaSalle Running Club

 

Running event calendar, courtesy of the Running Factory.