Outdoor picnics have gained popularity over the past year and Windsor is in no short supply of great picnic spots. Here are a few great spots around Windsor and Essex County to enjoy dining al fresco.

 

DIEPPE GARDENS

If you like a more urban feel to your picnics and a lot of hustle and bustle, Dieppe Gardens is the perfect spot to enjoy your picnic. Windsor’s busiest park, located at the base of Ouellette Avenue along the riverfront, is perfect to enjoy people watching, the Detroit skyline, boats and ships sailing by, and more.

 

MALDEN PARK

While the south end of Malden Park can be busy, we recommend taking a jaunt up the hill on the north end for a more quaint location as well as an absolutely stunning view of both the Windsor and Detroit skylines from a distance. The park is also filled with lovely trails for you to enjoy.

 

SANDPOINT BEACH

Just east of the busy beach area, Sandpoint Beach has a nice stretch of grassy area to lay down your blanket and enjoy your food and your company. If you’re an early riser, it’s also a great place to watch the sunrise over lake St. Clair.

 

SPRUCEWOOD SHORES ESTATE WINERY

When you’re Ontario’s only winery with a private beach, picnics definitely become a thing. Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery offers picnic kits for you to enjoy their entire fully licensed property, including the beach.

 

WILLISTEAD PARK

If being in a historic setting is more your jam, Willistead Park is a great spot to lay down your blanket for a picnic and use the stately Willistead Manor as your backdrop. Located in Walkerville, the neighbourhood was recently named one of the coolest neighbourhoods in North America, thanks in part to its whisky history.

 

LAKEWOOD PARK

Located in Tecumseh and overlooking Lake St. Clair, Lakewood Park provides everything from open space, sheltered picnic areas, shaded grassy picnic areas under the trees, washrooms, a fishing pier and even a small beach.

 

KINGS’S NAVY YARD PARK

Steps from National Historic Site, Fort Malden, and overlooking the Detroit River, Kings’s Navy Yard Park is pristinely manicured by the town of Amherstburg and a delight to nibble on some cheese and crackers in.

 

BONUS PICNIC SPOT:

POINT PELEE NATIONAL PARK

Point Pelee National Park is in no short supply of great picnic spots. The peninsula is framed by over 20km of sandy beach. There are several picnic areas located in the park and all have washrooms, shelters, picnic tables, grills and vehicle access. Most are a short walk from the beach.