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HOT PLACES TO GO Restaurants Bars & Pubs Casino Movies Music & Drama Museum & Galleries


Student Clubs & Societies STUDENT CLUBS & SOCIETIES

There are many student clubs and societies active all across campus. Many of the ethnic and religious groups represented on campus have student clubs or societies. All clubs and societies operate under the Students’ Alliance (UWSA).

The University Of Windsor Student Alliance (U.W.S.A.) is the student government for all full-time undergraduate students at the University of Windsor. Each full time undergraduate student pays fees to the UWSA each semester. The UWSA offers a wide range of services including but not limited to: Fax services, selling Greyhound bus tickets, Exam Bank, a 250$ value scholarships. For more information about UWSA services and current ratified clubs for each semester, please refer to UWSA website.

Contact Info: University of Windsor Students Alliance 401 Sunset Avenue CAW Student Centre, 2nd Floor Windsor, ON, N9B 3P4 519-253-3000 ext. 3600 Office: 971-3600 Fax: 519-971-3654 E-mail: [email protected]

There are two main organizations that are relevant to all international students. These include the International Student Society (ISS) and the Volunteer International Students’ Assistance (V.I.S.A.) ISS and V.I.S.A. work together to enhance the experience of International Students at U of W.

I.S.S. Each international student is automatically a member of ISS. ISS is there to represent international student views and needs on campus to the UWSA and to University administration. For more information please contact [email protected] or go on the internet to:

V.I.S.A. International students are not automatically enrolled in Volunteer International Students’ Assistance (V.I.S.A.), but can choose to join if they wish. V.I.S.A.

2 Canadian Events & Festivals organizes weekly or bi-weekly social events such as laser tag, bowling, movies etc. These are great events to meet other students on campus as well as get involved with people from one’s own cultural community. To join V.I.S.A. send email to [email protected].

For information on V.I.S.A. or ISS events, visit the ISC or email them directly


JANUARY 1, NEW YEAR’S DAY This is a statutory holiday throughout Canada to celebrate the beginning of a new year

FEBRUARY 14, VALENTINE’S DAY Companions often exchange flowers, candles, cards, and/or chocolates. It is not a holiday, but a good opportunity to get close to that special someone.

FAMILY DAY This is a statutory holiday in that occurs at the third Monday of February. However, all federal ministries and federal servants work on that day since the holiday is not recognized at the federal level.

STUDY WEEK This is a week long holiday for university students, it usually occurs at the end of February. It is also known as Spring break. However, university offices remain open.

MARCH 17, ST. PATRICK’S DAY Not an official holiday. St. Patrick is accredited with driving all the snakes out of Ireland. Traditionally, Canadians wear green on the day.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME Daylight Savings time begins on the first Sunday in April. On this day, clocks are advanced by one hour in order to save some of the daylight over the longer summer days. It ends on the last Sunday in October. On this day, clocks are set back one hour to normal time.

U of W International Student Centre 3 Canadian Events & Festivals GOOD FRIDAY Christian holiday occurring on the Friday before Easter (in March or April). It commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. It is a statutory holiday

EASTER SUNDAY Celebrated on the first Sunday following the full moon that occurs on or following the spring equinox. It commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Now, Easter has been largely secularized and is represented by springtime symbols such as a bunny and/or an egg.

MOTHER’S DAY Observed on the second Sunday in May. Mother’s Day is set aside to acknowledge, show appreciation for and honour one’s mother and other moms in their life.

VICTORIA DAY Celebrated on the first Monday before May 24. Victoria Day is the birthday of Queen Victoria of England. The Queen’s birthday was first observed in Ontario in 1845.

FATHER’S DAY Observed on the third Sunday in June. Father’s Day is set aside to acknowledge, show appreciation for and honour one’s father and those who play father-like roles in one’s life.

JULY 1, CANADA DAY Celebrates the anniversary of Canada’s confederation. The Dominion of Canada was declared when the British North America Act created the Canadian federal government in 1867.

CIVIC HOLIDAY The first Monday in August. A day for recreation and summer enjoyment.

LABOUR DAY First Monday of September. It is a holiday in honour of working people that began in 1882 as a celebration and huge parade in New York City.

THANKSGIVING DAY In Canada, Thanksgiving is the second Monday in October. A day of general thanksgiving to God for the harvest. Usually celebrated by families and friends getting together and eating a traditional family meal.

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ADVISING WEEK This holiday follows the thanksgiving holiday for faculties to conduct program-specific holidays. No classes will be held outside the faculties of law and education.

OCTOBER 31, HALLOWEEN Secular celebration based on ancient Druid customs, which said the souls of the dead mingled with the living on this Hallowed eve. Now people still wear costumes to disguise from spirits and children often go door to door (trick or treating) in request of candy.

NOVEMBER 11, REMEMBRANCE DAY Day of remembrance for all the soldiers who served and sacrificed in the wars. People wear the “Flower of Remembrance,” the poppy, on their shirt over their heart to show their solidarity with the soldiers.

DECEMBER 24, CHRISTMAS EVE The day before Christmas. It is both a Christian and secular holiday Often celebrated with a family meal. Religiously celebrated with church services/masses.

DECEMBER 25, CHRISTMAS DAY Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus. Christmas traditions include giving gifts, decorating houses and yards with lights, putting up Christmas trees, and sending greeting cards.

DECEMBER 26, BOXING DAY Originally dedicated as a day to give gifts to or help the needy. While government offices and most businesses close, malls crowd with people rushing for large sales or exchanging gifts from the holidays.

DECEMBER 31, NEW YEAR’S EVE Celebration for the upcoming new year. People gather to wish each other a happy new Year. Before midnight the countdown begins and once the clock hits 12, people cheer, sing and celebrate in various ways.

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In Canada its customary to tip RESTAURANTS the service at a restaurant. Double the PST is a good amount. POPULAR CULTURE  Swiss Chalet Features in BBQ Ribs and Grill and Chicken. Can be paid via your meal plan. When you go, don’t forget to bring your student card! 1690 Huron Church Road, Windsor, ON, N9C 2L1 TEL: 519-973-4686, 1-866-439-0439

 Pizza Pizza Features in pizza, sandwiches and subs, chicken wings and crunchers and salads . Can be paid via your meal plan for delivery only. 2203 Wyandotte Street West at Randolph Street TEL: 519-977-1111

 Pizza Hut Features in pizza, pastas, a lunch menu and desserts. 1770 Huron Church Rd. TEL: 310-10-10

CHINESE FOOD Walking down Wyandotte, you will notice that there are many Chinese Restaurants on the street. Each one of them has its own specialties. Go check it out!

► Ming Wah Chinese Buffet The best and the biggest Chinese buffet in town! 6771 Tecumseh Rd. (Bus: take Crosstown 2 to Tecumseh Mall) ► Dynasty Chinese Cuisine & BBQ 2080 Wyandotte Street West 519-255-9791 ► May Wah Inn Chinese Cuisine 1689 University Avenue West 519-256-4755

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JAPANESE THAI ► Tai Pan House Restaurant ► Basil Court 188 Pitt W. 327 Ouellette Ave 519-253-7062 519-252-5609 ► Koto Buki Sushi Bar ► Eat In Thailand Restaurant 2465 Dougall Ave. Dorwin Plaza 992 University Ave. W 519-250-4040 519-252-0159 INDIAN FOOD PAKISTANI BUFFET ► India Palace ► Havelli Pakistani-Indian cuisine 1165 Ottawa St 2190 Wyandotte St. West Windsor, ON 519-977-6251 519-256-4104 EAST AFRICAN KOREAN ► Hot & Spicy ► BG Korean Restaurant 1806 Wyandotte St. West 2020 Wyandotte St. West 519-971-8763 519-254-0274 VIETNAMESE AFRICAN ► The Mini ► Somali Restaurant 475 University Ave. 2127 University Avenue West 519-254-2221 519-977-8418

► Red Papaya ► Jubba Restaurant 1550 Huron Church Rd. 2000 Wyandotte Street West University Mall, 519-253-6215 519-258-9888 ► East Arican & Asian 1806 Wyandotte St. West 519-971-876 LEBANESE ► El-Mayor ► Paradise Buffet 936 Wyandotte St. E 507 Erie Street East 519-258-7645 519-254-6040

In addition to on Campus food outlets, students who bought meal plans from the University can use their meal plans in the following places: Harveys, Pita Pit, Pizza Pizza, Swiss Chalet.

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BARS & PUBS Big Dick’s and Jimmy G’s on Wyandotte, Rock Bottom, Spicoli’s and Hurricanes on Sandwich and Escape Café on University Ave. are all very close to the University. Excellent spots to grab some beer and hang out with your friends!

Visit to see more pubs and bars in Downtown Windsor.

IMPORTANT: You have to be at least 19 years old to purchase any beer or alcoholic drinks. Bring at least one piece of government issued photo ID with you, eg. , passport or driver’s license. Student ID and ISIC card won’t work.


The newly renovated Caesar’s is one of the largest Casino in Windsor. It offers a total of 100,000 square feet/ 9,290 square meters of gaming space.

377 Riverside Drive East , Windsor , Ontario , N9A 7H7 Phone: 519-258-7878 opened 24 hours If you are concerned about your own, or someone else’s gambling, you can contact the following helpline: 1-888-230-3505, or check the following web- MOVIES site:

 Cineplex Odeon Devonshire Mall 3100 Howard Ave., Windsor Phone: 519-967-0197 Visit

 Silvercity 4611 Walker Rd., Windsor  The Palace Phone: 519-966-6888 300 Ouellette Ave, Windsor Visit Phone: 519-977-1300

You can borrow movies from the ISC for free. Check page 13 for more information.

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 Chrysler Theatre Visit St. Clair Centre for the Arts, Ferry Street Entrance 201 Riverside Drive West Windsor, Ontario N9A 5K4 Box Office: 519-252-6579 Toll Free: 1-800-387-9181 Fax: 519-973-3987

► University Players Visit: Essex Hall Theatre. The box office is located in Essex Hall. TEL: 519-253-3000 Ext. 2808 Email: [email protected]


 Stanley Sculpture Park Right by the river, totally free, perfect place for jogging, biking, rollerblading, and fishing

The Art Gallery of Windsor provides visitors with a wonderful mix of historical and contemporary exhibitions. Our curators plan over 30 exhibitions annually to ensure a new and memorable experience each visit. 401 Riverside Drive Wes, Windsor, Ontario N9A 7J1 Telephone: 519-977-0013

Museums and Galleries The AMG is a professional partnership representing Amherstburg's historic collections, natural museums and historic sites. Park House Museum, 214 Dalhousie St., Amherstburg, Ontario N9V 1W4 Telephone: 519-736-2511 Website:

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ANGLICAN  St. Aidan's Anglican Church 5145 Wyandotte St. E. Windsor, Ontario Canada N8S 1L3 Phone: 519-945-3771 ► St. Paul’s Chapel at Canterbury College 2500 University Avenue West, Windsor, ON, N9B 3Ya Phone: 519-256-6442

BAPTIST  Campbell Baptist Church 1821 Wyandotte Street West, Windsor, ON, N9B 1J4 Phone: 519-254-2879

BUDDHIST  Linh-Son Buddhist religious Association of Windsor 706 Goyeau St. Phone: 519-254-2646

HINDU  Hindu Mandir Windsor 315 Cabana Road E. Phone: 519-966-3390

ISLAMIC  Windsor Dominion Mosque & Windsor Islamic Association 1320 Northwood Street N9E 1A4 TEL: 519-966-2355 Website:

A Muslim prayer room is located in Cody Hall, next to the ISC. More info at

10 Religion JEWISH  Windsor Jewish Community Centre 1641 Ouellette St Phone: 519-973-1772

LUTHERAN  First Lutheran Church 160 Giles West, Windsor, ON N9A 6G9 Phone: 519-256-2667

NON-DENOMINATIONAL  Oakwood Bible Chapel 2514 Cabana Rd. W., Windsor, ON, N9G 1E5 Phone: 519-969-5730

PENTECOSTAL  Parkwood Gospel Temple 3005 Temple Drive, Windsor, Ontario, N8W 5E5 Phone: 519-948-7055

PRESBYTERIAN  St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church 129 Simcoe Street Amherstburg, N9V 1L8 Phone: 519-736-4972

ROMAN CATHOLIC  U of W/Assumption Catholic Campus Community Assumption University 400 Huron Church Road Phone: 519-971-7033

UNITED  Iona College 208 Sunset Ave. Windsor, ON. N9B 3A7 Phone: 519-253-3000. ex. 7039

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