Our mission is to offer residents and visitors diverse opportunities to improve their health and quality of life.
Smoke-Free Ontario Act
As of January 1, 2015, it is illegal to:
- Smoke tobacco and hold lighted tobacco within 20 metres of playgrounds and sporting areas, and on spectator areas adjacent to sporting areas.
- Smoke tobacco on bar and restaurant patios; exemption for legions that have established a restaurant or bar patio prior to November 18, 2013 that was compliant with prior regulation (no rooftop covering).
- Sell tobacco on university, college campuses, schools, private schools and day nurseries, including private-home day cares.
For more information, visit Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA) 2017 and Smoke-Free Spaces from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.
Programs and Activities
The City of Windsor's Recreation and Culture Department is a leader in providing healthy living options for the community.
More than 8,000 programs in community centres and pools offer people of all ages the opportunity for quality leisure. Options range from swimming lessons to ballroom dancing, from karate to tai chi, from landscape design to ice skating.
Want to learn more about the activities we offer? The current Activity Guide is offered as a page-flipping book and can be downloaded in PDF format. For more information of how you can advertise with us, visit our Activity Guide information page.
View our latest Activity Guide and register online for Parks and recreation programs by visiting www.activewindsor.ca
. This is the most accurate listing of all programs offered by Recreation and Culture.
Windsor International Aquatic & Training Centre (WIATC) and Adventure Bay Family Water Park
The competitive pool and aquatic play area opened in downtown Windsor in January 2014. We offer a number of swim times - adult length swims, aquafit, and recreational swims in the WIATC pool.
Visit www.adventurebay.ca, for information on Windsor's wildest water park.
Adie Knox Herman Recreation Complex, Gino & Liz Marcus Community Complex and the WFCU Centre also offer aquatic programming for all ages.
Rec Express Card
Ask about our Rec Express Gift Card. Ideal for gift giving with no expiry date! Load a card with any denomination above $5 and use it for community centre programs, facility rentals and swimming. The Rec Express Card is available at community centres, arenas, pools and online at www.activewindsor.ca. Cards can be reloaded.
Community and Special Events
- The Recreation and Culture Department is a key facilitator for community events, particularly in the areas of outdoor festivals, seasonal sports, and recreational opportunities for special populations. Skilled professionals work with the community to develop and plan for self-sustaining events to enrich our community calendar.
- Culture joined Recreation in the spring of 2010 -- a move that provides more integrated services to residents. Windsor's Community Museum is included in this organizational realignment. The inclusion of culture within the recreation network of community centres, pools, and arenas provides expanded communication opportunities in neighbourhoods.
Facility Rental Opportunities
- High quality affordable rental opportunities are available in our recreation facilities. We rent ice rinks, pools, banquet rooms, meeting rooms, and boat wells and provide permits for picnics and weddings in parks. Please contact Parks and Recreation for information about our heritage facilities and recreational facility rentals.
The Parks and Recreation User Fee Policy outlines a fair and equitable pricing policy for recreation programs within the City.
Parks and Recreation
2450 McDougall Street
Canada N8X 3N6
Telephone: For general information, call 311.
For detailed inquiries, call (519) 253-2300.
Fax: (519) 255-7990