Windsor, Ontario

July 25 - 31, 2022

Tug Across The River


30 of the strongest firefighters Windsor Fire and Rescue has to offer will be pulling for Canada at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 30, 2022 at Dieppe Gardens. 

The Tug Across the River competition between the Windsor and Detroit Fire Departments will see 30 competitors on each side race to pull buoys at the end of a 1500 metre rope from the middle of the river to their respective country.

This event has traditionally been part of the International Freedom Festival and was last won by Detroit.

This international event is proudly sponsored by Winnipeg 2023 World Police Fire Games with official supporters of the Games – Port Windsor and Windsor Fire Benefit Fund.

Photo Credit: windsoriteDOTca

Join us on Saturday July 30th at The Keg Steakhouse & Bar (1 Riverside Dr W Suite 101) for the Responder After Party. Meet us in the bar or on the patio starting at 9pm for complimentary apps for all attendees from 10-11pm. Cash bar available.

If interested in booking dinner reservations for The Keg Steakhouse & Bar, please click here to make a reservation.
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Did you know the CAN-AM Police-Fire Games is coming to Windsor July 25-31, 2022 ? It’s an event for first responder agencies – 44 events over 6 days – but we have the chance for locals to participate, too!

Want to do more than just cheer on the athletes? How about compete WITH them?! Right now YOU can compete with first responders in ten different events during the game!

Currently 10 events have registration open to the general public to compete alongside the first responders at the games, including:

Click here to register for any of the running events.

Click here to register for any of the cycling events.

Click here to register for the Triathlon

In addition to the FireFit event, Windsor Fire and Rescue will host the third annual WomenOnFire Saturday July 30, 2022. Click here for event and registration info. 

If you are a first responder – have a first responder as a family member – or are a civilian staff member from any of the agencies, YOU can compete in up to 44 events during the 2022 CAN-AM Police-Fire Games in Windsor between July 25th & 31st, 2022! Registration is $90 for the first event + $10 per additional event.

Who can compete? It’s members from Police, Fire, EMS, Border Services, Correctional Services, RCMP, Military and any other first responder services. Click here for more details on eligibility and to register today.

Thank you to the thousands that joined us at Riverfront Festival Plaza for the official kick off to the 2022 games! If you missed out on the fun you can click here to view a highlight of the event!

DATE: Tuesday, July 26, 2022 START TIME: 5:00 pm (Festival Plaza)

OPEN FREE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC – Join us at Opening Ceremonies to be held at Riverfront Festival Plaza. Enjoy an evening of live entertainment and fireworks supporting first responders. Food and beverage options will be available for purchase.

View the full list of Food Vendors and Activities and Displays.

Registration is not required for entry. However, register online and print your ticket to drop at gate entrance for a chance to win a $200 value gift basket compliments of Windsor Fire & Rescue Services.

Event Schedule
4:30pm – Doors open with food and beverage tents & activities
5:00pm – Emcee Dan MacDonald and DJ Kacper Kawala
– Taste of Carrousel featuring cultural cuisine presented by Multicultural Council of Windsor Essex
– Vendors and community activities (9 hole mini putt, bean bag toss, water boat display on river)
6:00pm – Official program of the Opening Ceremonies presented by Port Windsor
6:45pm – Leave Those Kids Alone band
7:45pm – DJ Kacper Kawala
8:15pm – Simply Queen Tribute Band
10:00pm – Fireworks
10:15pm – Live entertainment and DJ continues
11:00pm – Event Ends

Opening ceremonies is the party you don’t want to miss – kicking off a week of fun in Windsor!

Festival plaza is just a short walk from the host hotel, and you can continue the party after as you explore downtown Windsor and their main drag, just a few blocks away.




This event is FREE thanks to our generous sponsor CUPE 82. To register, contact Nora Romero at 519-551-2831 or

DATE: Thursday, July 28, 2022 TIME: 3:00pm – 6:00pm (Jackson Park & Willistead Manor)

DATE: Friday, July 29, 2022 TIME: 3:00pm – 6:00pm (Coventry Gardens & Willistead Manor)

DATE: Saturday, July 30, 2022 TIME: 2:00pm – 5:00pm (Ojibway Nature Centre & Willistead Manor)

Bus departs and returns at Caesars Windsor

 What a combo!  Windsor is home to 210 parks AND the best pizza in the world! When you join us on this tour, you will experience the natural beauty of one of our exceptional parks along with a visit to the gloriously restored Willistead Manor.  Every tour and story deserves a perfect ending and we have one for you.  Enjoy the most memorable pizza ever along with a beverage of your choice served to you on the outdoor patio. This 2.5-hour tour and tasting will be one you don’t want to miss.

Anyone who walks the 15 acres of parkland property that surrounds the grand Willistead Manor knows what a special place it is. The history behind Willistead Manor is as beautiful as the property itself. Edward Chandler Walker, the second son of Hiram Walker, who was the founder of the world-famous distillery that bears his name to this day, built the breathtaking building in Walkerville. Walker had lived in the manor for only nine years when he died in 1915, and six years later, it was deeded to the town of Walkerville for preservation. Now everyone can enjoy the stunning structure through events, tours, and Art in the Park.

Thursday, July 28thA tour to begin at Jackson Park, with its more than 10,000 plants, is undoubtedly one of Windsor’s foremost attractions. Visitors to the Queen Elizabeth II Sunken Garden’s can enjoy the flowers of the season: hundreds of tulips in May, followed by the abundance of summer perennials and lush annuals. The park features some of the most magnificent formal gardens and fountains in Windsor.  Your next stop is a visit to the historic Willistead Manor for an outdoor garden tour and patio party with Canada’s best pizza ever!

Friday, July 29thEach year, thousands of visitors enjoy the brilliant flowers displayed at Coventry Garden, and the patios serve as unique staging areas for concerts and other events during the summer.  You will see firsthand the Charlie Brooks Memorial Peace Fountain, the only international floating fountain in the world. It can propel water 70 feet into the air and displays a light show at night.  You will then board the bus to visit Willistead Manor, built in 1906, and experience the beauty of this formal gated perennial garden.   Then you will feel like you are in heaven when you taste the best pizza you have ever had!

Saturday, July 30th – Ojibway Prairie Complex offers a live exhibit area with Eastern Foxsnake and Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnakes. A wall of windows provides a breathtaking view of the forest and the natural fireplace makes for a warm, cozy atmosphere. Brochures on the birds, mammals, herps, butterflies, trees and wildflowers of Ojibway as well as trail guides, maps and other informative handouts will be available. Designated trails are marked on trailhead signage and are suited for walking, birding, photography, and leisure cycling.   Join us for a guided tour followed by a visit to Willistead Manor, Windsor’s historic Paul Martin garden and patio pizza you will never forget!


DATE: Thursday, July 28, 2022 TIME: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

In a City home to North America’s largest distillery, we know great whisky! Did you also know Windsor is home to six breweries and six more within 30 minutes? We invite you to check out a few of our Barrels Bottles & Brews Trail top spots during your visit. Leave the driving to us, sit back and enjoy time with friends old and new to learn the history of whisky and beer in Windsor by exploring local production, sensory elements and paired bites! Your all inclusive tour offers the following stops:

1.  Walkerville Brewery – Welcome to Windsor’s Distillery District and largest brewery Walkerville Brewery, A place of heritage, community and of course – great hand crafted beer. On the Thursday and Saturday events, there will be a production and memorabilia tour followed by a signature flight of four beers and a sampling of Windsor style pizza. If you register for Friday night, you will have a special opportunity to experience the Night Market at the Brewery, showcasing local artisans and live music.

2.  J.P. Wiser’s Experience – Where it all began with the infamous Hiram Walker and the roots of Canadian Whisky. Learn about the bootlegging past of Windsor and the award winning traditions that continue today with North America’s largest distillery. Your stop begins with a sensory experience in the art of distilling followed by a memorable grain to glass tasting that will change the way you look at whisky forever!

3.  Chapter Two Brewing – Off to the Chapter Two Patio for an intimate experience with brewmaster and Cicerone Michael Beaudoin. Near the heart of Old Windsor this brewery began as a passion project among friends and boasts a line-up of beer with an undeniable quality of which even the most hardcore beer drinkers recognize. Indulge in a selection of pub and bbq fare to satisfy any appetite!

4.  Craft Heads Brewing Co. – Finish the night off with an impressive selection of no less than 30 micro brews on tap! Don’t worry we will help you select your best brews through a fun interactive game getting to know your flavours. Hop on the bus for your return ride or stay to enjoy the friendly atmosphere a little longer.  Don’t worry, this brewery is just a short walk to most downtown hotels.

COST: $85.00 per person (incl. tax) – transportation, 4 tastings, and 2 stops with food


$125.00 per person (incl. tax) – all of the above, PLUS an engraved bottle of whisky from J.P. Wiser’s Distillery and a six pack to go from Walkerville Brewery!

Join us at Caesars Windsor in the Augustus Hotel Tower – Floor 2 (just head up the escalators) for the Guns’n’Hoses lounge.

The Guns’n’Hoses Lounge will be the location for Registration each day along with souvenir sales and vendor displays.  At night, it transforms night into our Hospitality Suite.  Sit back and relax while you reunite with old friends and make new ones over a cold drink and some snacks.  Hospitality Suite hours are:

  • Monday – Lounge Open 7-10pm
  • Tuesday – Lounge CLOSED – Go to the Opening Ceremonies!
  • Wednesday – 5-7pm – Pin/Shirt/Patch Trading, Taste of Butler County sponsored by Butler County, Pennsylvania and the 2024 Games Organizing Committee (*Please note: Entry will be by invitation/RSVP)
  • Wednesday – Lounge Open 7-10pm
  • Thursday – Lounge Open 7-10pm
  • Friday – Lounge Open 7-10pm

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