The French Connection Tour Timeline

Welcome (Bienvenu), to The French Connection Tour, a celebration of the history and culture of a Francophone Community, cut off for more than 300 years from the rest of the French speaking population of North America.

Guided by your engaging host, your tour will be interrupted by time warped characters from centuries past, who find themselves thrown into modern day Windsor.

First stop is the waterfront where you’ll learn of the many great French explorers, who passed through this area and how one chose to stay and build a fort which grew to be a great city. You’ll have the pleasure of meeting two bumbling Coureurs de Bois, Jean-Marc and Jean-Paul, who are in search of their lost canoe. Fortunately for you, they will have a few minutes to spare and explain the harsh life of a fur trapper and the risks they took to encounter and work with the aboriginal tribes.

The next stop on your journey is the Wall of Names, a monument dedicated to the first French Settlers along the Detroit River. As your guide tells the stories behind these names, he is startled by the unexpected arrival of Manon Lariviere, a lovely French maiden, who is quite familiar with the names engraved on the monument, but who is bewildered by the tall buildings and the many carriages that travel without being pulled by horses. She is more than willing to tell of the difficult life and noble sacrifice of the women who came to this new wilderness to help establish the first permanent French speaking community west of Montreal. She is also happy to accompany you as you continue on.

You’ll make more stops and be joined by more story tellers, as you glory in the architectural beauty of Assumption Church and learn the history of the oldest Catholic parish in Ontario.

You are invited to explore the Francoise Baby house, one of the oldest houses in the province, now a museum focusing on this regions Francophone history.

Your journey of discovery will complete with a tasty meal of French-Canadian cuisine and some lively music, songs and local folk lore.

WE HOPE YOU’LL JOIN US FOR THREE CENTURIES OF HISTORY AND CULTURE, A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC, STORY-TELLING, AND CULINARY DELIGHTS IN “ONTARIO’S OLDEST PERMANENT EUROPEAN SETTLEMENT”.

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