On Monday I flew to Detroit for work related training. Our hotel was on the Detroit River just by the Windsor Tunnel into Canada, so I brought my passport along.
Tuesday after work a friend and I caught the bus into Windsor, Ontario. After a five minute and $5.00 ride under the river via the tunnel, we were at the customs office in Canada. The officers asked us a few questions and sent us on our way with “Have a good time.”
We walked to Ouellette Avenue from the terminal and started north. Both sides of the road were lined with great looking pubs and restaurants. The Manchester Pub was one of the first we came to, so we went in.
For beer, I asked for something hoppy and local. The cute and friendly waitress brought me a Geronimo IPA, which was perfect. I also ordered the Manchester burger. The meat was thick and hand patted, and the bread was fresh baked at a nearby bakery and delicious. I had no idea the burgers in Canada could be better than burgers in Texas. I was full before I started my fries.
We paid with American dollars and received Canadian dollars for change which was perfect– my kids would expect a Canadian souvenir. Then we continued up Ouellette toward the river.
We walked along the river and took pictures for a bit before deciding we’d better find the bus station back to the states. As we walked along, though excited to be in Canada, we agreed that everything looked like what we saw the evening before in Detroit. We even passed a McDonalds, which was a tad disappointing.
Upon arrival back in Michigan, the customs officer asked me if I’d bought anything in Canada. When I said, “A burger and beer,” he handed back the passport and said, “Have a good evening.”
My two hours in Canada were great; I’d loved to have had two weeks, but I’ll take what I can get.
If you ever travel to Detroit, don’t forget your passport. A ride through the Windsor tunnel, a stroll down Ouellette Avenue, and a beer at the Manchester make for a perfect evening.