3 things to do in Windsor-Essex this weekend

This weekend's festivities in and around Windsor-Essex include ghosts, bald eagles, boat rides and lighting things ablaze.
The Fahrenheit Festival runs Saturday at the Vollmer Centre in LaSalle. (Artcite)

This weekend's festivities in and around Windsor-Essex include ghosts, bald eagles, boat rides and lighting things ablaze.

CBC Windsor's Mike Evans, the man who checks the pulse of fun things to do in our region, details them all.

1. Peche Island Day

Every winter, Peche Island becomes a bastion for bald eagles.

Saturday the City of Windsor is offering boat rides to the island all day and the best part is it's free.

Once on the island, people can take a guided tour, have a picnic with the family, check out some of the ruins on the island and maybe see some of those bald Eagles that live over there.

There are more eagles on the island in the winter, but some call the island their permanent home. Some deer and fox also live on the island.

The first boat leaves Windsor at 10 a.m. and will be shuttling people back and forth all day until 3 p.m.

It is recommended that people bring a life jacket if they have one.

All the information is on Ojibway Nature Centre's website.

2. Spirits of Amherstburg

Spirits of Amherstburg is a haunted walk that takes place every Friday night starting today and continuing until the end of October.

There is a lot of history in the Amherstburg and where there's history there are ghost stories.

The group will meet up in the Amherstburg Navy Yard and take a walk through the old portion of the town and hear scary stories the entire time. It's being hosted by storyteller Rob Tymec.

Many of the stories involve the War of 1812, like the one about the widow of a soldier who never returned from the war drowning herself at the Detroit River and still being seen down there occasionally.

There will also be stories of everyone's favourite haunted road, Texas Road, and some of the paranormal activities that have allegedly happened down there over the years.

The Spirits of Amherstburg tour starts at 8:30 p.m. and costs $4 for kids and $8 for adults.

3. Fahrenheit Festival

The Fahrenheit Festival takes place in LaSalle at the Vollmer Complex Saturday night.

About a dozen artists will make giant sculptures out of wood in a field. They will stuff them with straw and set them on fire.

The event is all about using fire as an artistic expression. The event has become very popular over the years.

Paul Kimmerly is one of the artists and organizers.

He said a lot of art he makes he has to carry around with him for his whole life and he feels great burning some of it once in a while.

The festival takes place Saturday from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. in LaSalle at the Vollmer Recreation Complex.

Mike Evans feels it's his responsibility to make sure you have fun things to do on the weekend.

To hear his column and even more things to do, click the audio box.


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