TWEPI’s New “Staycation in Windsor Essex Guide” Highlights Outdoor Adventure

June is Tourism Month and Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI) has just launched their 2021/2022 Official Visitor Guide. Reflecting the ever changing and slowly easing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the guide has been branded as a “Staycation in Windsor Essex Guide”.

Research shows that those planning travel this year will be looking for remote locations, outdoor attractions, and socially distanced experiences. The content featured in this year’s guide will take readers through our districts, and uses high-impact imagery to sell the story of the region, all while being attentive to current industry safety protocols and restrictions.

The tone for the guide is set on the cover, featuring a lone kayaker paddling their way through Peche Island, harkening to outdoor adventure as the prominent theme throughout the guide. Outdoor areas to explore include everything from beaches to scenic waterways. Gems like Point Pelee National Park with it’s freshwater marshes, beaches and hiking trails offering the ultimate location to take in nature’s wonders, are highlighted. Whether walking, hiking, cycling or lounging there are a wide variety of locations to explore.

Redheaded Woodpecker at Point Pelee National Park

A redheaded woodpecker sitting on a tree branch at Point Pelee National Park, one of the world’s top birding hot spots, on May 15, 2021. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Another of the many featured experiences to enjoy, from historic attractions and excellent places to eat to places to stay and great fishing spots, is the area’s art scene. The guide’s arts and culture section features galleries, music and entertainment and more. A must see are the many amazing murals, an outdoor gallery of grand proportions, that have been growing over the last few years.

DERKZ VIA Italia Mural Erie Street Windsor

Little Italy VIA Italia Mural by artist DERKZ (David Derkatz) on the walls of the Erie Street Community garden in Windsor, Ontario. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Though service offerings are currently limited at most locations in the region, most attractions and businesses are preparing to welcome visitors into their venues when it is safe to do so as we move into Step 1 of the Province of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen.

“Though we know doors aren’t open yet, the tourism industry is preparing to open, and our Official Visitor Guide is one of the top advertising pieces we use to promote our region. We have adapted our guide to be a Staycation guide, and to be the ultimate resources for locals to use to explore their own backyard this summer. The guide highlights the most relevant information about the region and things to do, all while keeping their safety paramount” said Gordon Orr, CEO of Tourism Windsor Essex. “The tourism industry was hit first and hit hardest, and we know it is the industry that will take the longest to recover, and we hope locals will use this guide as an asset to explore when it is safe to do so.”

The TWEPI 2021/2022 Official Visitor Guide will not only attract visitors when they plan to travel in the future but it is a fantastic way for locals to plan their Staycation in Windsor Essex too!

The guide will be distributed locally in a print format at TWEPI partner businesses and attractions, can be requested by mail via TWEPI, and a digital edition is available online.