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Canadian Club Heritage Centre takes you on a journey back in time.

Photos courtesy of Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island.

Visit Muscedere Vineyards, among others, through Grape Vine Tours.

Opportunities abound to tour the Windsor, Ontario, area! Plan to come early or stay late to tour and take a look at the Schedule at a Glance to consider tours during your free time.

Windsor River Cruises provide a unique, pleasurable and affordable dining experience by providing professional service and the highest food quality. Dining and sightseeing cruises are offered and also group rates. Phone: 519.258.0911. Website: www.windsorrivercruises.com

Canadian Club Brand Heritage Centre Tours takes you back in time to the height of the company’s success. Visit the centre’s Speakeasy Room or the artifact-filled Archive Room where meetings were once held with Al Capone and The Purple Gang. Hear the story of how Canadian Club® Whisky quenched the thirst of Americans during Prohibition. Finish with a formal whisky tasting of various Canadian Club® whiskies.

Don’t miss a final stop at the Canadian Club® Whisky Boutique. Phone: 519.973.9503. Website: www.canadianclub.com or www.visitwindsoressex.com/canadian-club-brand-centre-2/

Rum Runners Tour takes you to that infamous period known as The Roaring Twenties. This live action tour tells the story of Prohibition and Windsor’s connection to Chicago gangsters like Al Capone and Detroit’s Purple Gang. At several locations you’ll disembark the bus to intermingle with the characters and lunch will be served at one of their famous haunts. Enjoy the show! Phone: 519.990.5379. Website: www.rumrunnerstour.com

French Connection Tour: At the end of the 17th century, The French Colony of Canada (New France) was concentrated around Quebec, Trois-Rivieres and Montreal. Threatened with British intervention, the King of France ordered westward expansion. A few explorers convinced several hundred adventurers to risk everything to establish a new life in this area. This is the story of their hardships, accomplishments and “joie de vivre.” Phone: 519.990.5379. Website: www.frenchconnectiontour.com

Grape Vine Tours offer excursions for groups of two to 12 visitors. Picked up at the conference hotel, you tour and are returned to the hotel. Savor award-winning wines and culinary delights while enjoying the beautiful countryside. Indulge. Tours include:

North Shore Wine Adventure – includes tastings at four wineries and gourmet lunch with a glass of wine.
Wine Your Way Along The North Shore – includes tastings at four wineries and lunch.
Taste of Windsor’s Craft Breweries – includes tour of four craft breweries, tastings and a light lunch.
Spirit and Brew Tour –includes a tour of the historic Canadian Club Brand Centre and craft breweries, tastings and lunch.
Shop and UnWINEd in Kingsville -- Shop at Cindy’s Home and Garden Centre, lunch at Jack’s Gastropub, shopping in Kingsville and wine tasting at one or two wineries.

Phone: 519.976.1543. Website: www.facebook.com/Grape-Vine-Tours-Inc-1435092900066009

Windsor Walkerville Walking Tour: Take a jaunt through historic Old Walkerville, learning about its architecture as well as some well known and not so well known tales associated with the neighborhood. With a resurgence of interest in the Canadian Club brand through hit television programs Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire, guests can learn about a history of smuggling and gangsters during Prohibition from a uniquely Canadian perspective.

Enjoy a flight of whiskey and a tour of the world famous Canadian Club Heritage Centre, home of Canadian Club Whisky. Then trek to Walkerville Brewery to enjoy brews and learn of the history and brewing process. Final stop is the Willistead Restaurant to learn about the graffiti art behind the restaurant before enjoying a flight of bourbon. Phone: 519.982.5212. Website: www.windsoreats.com

Bluesfest Windsor: Enjoy one of the country’s premiere blues events on the Windsor waterfront overlooking the awesome Detroit skyline. If you enjoy the blues, this festival is your ideal summertime destination! Scheduled performers are The Tea Party, Sheepdogs, Foghat, Joe Louis Walker, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and more! Phone: 519.564.9466. Website: www.bluesfestwindsor.com