Flights from Orlando-Melbourne to Windsor will take you to Canada’s southernmost city. From neighbourhoods to nature, there’s a vast range for you to explore.
There’s a long history of alcohol production in Windsor. In the 1850s, Canada’s distilling industry was brought to life by J.P. Wiser, Henry Corby and Hiram Walker. Towns sprang up around their distilleries, including Walkerville, Ontario, which is now apart of Windsor and still home to the Hiram Walker manufacturing facility. Bootlegging was also part of Windsor’s history, when there was smuggling of whisky across the Detroit River into the United States during the Prohibition era.
Explore Windsor’s past by visiting some of the historic buildings from the days of Hiram Walker. The late 19th-century homes of Olde Walkerville used to be company houses for Walker’s workers. Originally built for Walker’s second son, Willistead Manor is enjoyed as a public park today.
The city has an extensive riverfront parks system. Included here is the Windsor Sculpture Park, with more than 30 works along this scenic route. Out of town, the wilderness is at the fore in Windsor’s Ojibway Prairie Complex. Some of Ontario’s rarest ecosystems thrive in this park system, giving you a sense of what the early land looked like.
Nature and history grow together at Peche Island. Rumoured to be haunted, the ruins of Hiram Walker’s summer home is now overgrown with plant life. Wander through and experience a ghostly encounter or two to bring back with you to Florida.
Get in touch with your creative side and check out the exhibits at the Art Gallery of Windsor. Over 4,000 pieces are in the collection, with rotating exhibits to keep you interested. Before your flight back to Orlando-Melbourne leaves, get lucky in Windsor and place your bets on a good time at Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino. There are shows, dining and casino gambling all presented in a style to keep you entertained.
What began in 1957 with only 100 acres has now expanded to over 600 acres of untamed wildlife and plant life. After your flight from Orlando-Melbourne lands, make your way to Windsor’s Ojibway Prairie Complex.
There are five distinctive parts that make up this nest of ecosystems, including the popular and most frequented Ojibway Prairies Provincial Nature Reserve. Each of these systems houses many species of plants and animals, some of which are rarely ever spotted or seen anywhere else in Ontario.
When you pass through, keep your eyes open for animals known to call this sanctuary home. Green herons, white-tailed deer, and rare Blanding’s turtles, all frequent Ojibway and you may even spot one or two.
If Ojibway’s animals run off too quickly for a photo, its plant life can still be photographed. 533 species of plants live in the park, including 60 species that are specific to prairies. At times, all this greenery goes up in smoke, as part of planned burns that are required to save the prairie ecosystems.
Ojibway is best explored through its numerous trails throughout the area. Start with the groomed walking trails for educational explorations. Stop in at the Nature Centre where birding, photography and wildlife programs are put into place to enhance your experience of the park’s outdoors.
From this area of Ojibway, you can also walk along the Windsor Trail. With Porter’s non-stop flights from Orlando-Melbourne to Windsor, you’ll start off on the right foot to explore this natural wonder.
After your non-stop flight from Orlando-Melbourne touches down, head directly to this little slice of paradise nestled on the shores of Lake Erie.
The lakeside location provides a climate that’s more typical of the southern United States than Canada. In this mild climate region, plants and animals usually only found south of the border call this place home.
Look up in the park to see the birds swooping overhead. Experience wildlife searching at new heights in this national park with rare and exotic bird sightings. There is no shortage of beauty in Point Pelee, with more than 370 species that call this park home.
Set your sights on its waters after your bird sighting. Canoe through the waterfront ecosystems on a water to get up close and personal with the park’s aquatic life. Walk on water through a swamp on the Marsh Boardwalk. Along this trail, your feet will stay dry as you walk over the wetland. Venture off the path and climb into one of the viewing towers for a bird's eye view of the swampland.
If you’re feeling in tip top shape to continue your adventure, make your way to Tip Trail. This 1 km path winds around Point Pelee’s shoreline to the mainland of Canada’s most southern point. While you can’t venture into the water, you’ll still have breathtaking views from the tip.
Looking south, you might spot Pelee Island in the distance, where grapes are grown for the Pelee Island Winery. Enjoy Southern Ontario’s fresh fruits on the island, or in nearby Kingsville, where you can sip on a glass (or two) of award-winning wines and unwind after your flight from Orlando-Melbourne.
Fly non-stop from Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) to Windsor International Airport (YQG). Orlando-Melbourne to Windsor flight time is 3 hours on average. The distance from Orlando-Melbourne to Windsor is 1,590 km / 990 mi.
While onboard, sit back, relax, and enjoy our free drinks and snacks.
Porter’s check-in desk is located in the departures area.
Orlando-Melbourne International Airport (MLB) is about 5 km / 3 mi from downtown Melbourne.
The Melbourne Airport Express shuttle bus provides service to the airport from many hotels and resorts.
Take the Space Coast Area Transit 26 South Beach bus to the airport stop. The fare is $1.50 USD.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.
Taxis from downtown cost about $15 USD.
Windsor International Airport (YQG) is about 10 km / 6 mi from downtown Windsor.
Car rental services are available across from the domestic baggage claim area of Windsor International Airport (YQG).
Taxis to downtown cost about $25 CAD. Car service costs about $35 CAD.
Take the Transit Windsor 8 Walkerville bus from the stop at the Windsor International Transit Terminal. The fare is $3.00 CAD.