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. For a destination run, drive an hour to Point Pelee National Park, which juts out into Lake Erie and has trails at mainland Canada’s southernmost point!

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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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.


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.