Port Windsor is located on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway System, one of the world's most efficient deep draft waterways, and is on the Detroit River opposite Detroit, Michigan. The Port is 617 miles (993 kms) from Montreal and includes over 13 miles (21.2 kms) of shoreline encompassing marine terminals, parkland, and beautiful residential neighbourhoods. The industrial/marine facilities are concentrated in the western portion of the Port.
Port Windsor is the third largest Canadian Great Lakes port in terms of shipments. Cargos include a wide range of products such as aggregates, salt, grain, fluorspar, lumber, steel, petroleum, vehicles and heavy lift equipment. Over the past decade, shipments of goods through the Port increased 38% from 4.2 million tonnes to 5.8 million tonnes (not including discontinued rail barges). Growth has paralleled the buoyant Windsor and mid-west U.S. economies.
The City of Windsor, Ontario has a population of over 200,000 and forms the largest urban centre in the Windsor-Essex region which has a population of nearly 400,000. The Windsor-Essex area is one of Canada's largest manufacturing centres with a diverse range of manufacturing activity including motor vehicles and parts, machining and tooling, food and beverage processing, and chemicals and pharmaceuticals. In recent years with the development of a major casino operation, Windsor-Essex has become a major tourism destination.