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luna_skater
10-31-2011, 04:55 PM
The AGM was in Calgary in 2004.

I've been looking into flights to Windsor from Calgary for synchro nationals. The event falls outside WestJet's seasonal service there, so my only option is Air Canada. I've looked into flying into Detroit, which is idiotic, but possibly a better option.

Nan
10-31-2011, 05:29 PM
What is the situation for hotels and restaurants within walking distance? Google doesn't make it look promising.

Lutzcy
10-31-2011, 08:28 PM
I would love for it to be in Windsor! That's driving distance for me and I'm kind of kicking myself for not going to Mississauga this year. :(

THIS.:cheer2:

Alixana
10-31-2011, 09:05 PM
What is the situation for hotels and restaurants within walking distance? Google doesn't make it look promising.

Currently, there aren't any hotels within walking distance. Supposedly they're building a hotel attached to WFCU Centre, but not sure when it's supposed to open.

There are no restaurants within 5-10 mins walking distance, I think it's more like 15-20 mins. Within the facility, there's Tim Hortons and the usual vendors.

On the plus side, there's LOTS of parking.

Nan
10-31-2011, 09:13 PM
Thank you Alixana. :)

Aaron W
10-31-2011, 10:25 PM
I wonder if the official hotel will be at Caesars Windsor so that the skaters & officials can gamble during any free time? :)

Catherine M
10-31-2011, 11:01 PM
I wonder if the official hotel will be at Caesars Windsor so that the skaters & officials can gamble during any free time? :)

Back in 1998 at Skate Canada in Kamloops, the official hotel was attached to a casino. Many a skater/official was seen parting with their hard earned cash at various slot machines.

Will decide later in 2012 what event I wish to attend in the 2012/2013 season. With Worlds too pricey, Skate Canada in Windsor is a possibility.

HeatherC
11-01-2011, 02:51 AM
When SC was in Kitchener a few years ago, I had no problem driving some folks to and from the arena if they were staying at the same hotel as me. I have no problem doing that again for Windsor. I'm ecstatic that a GP event is close to me again. I haven't been to one since the SC in Kitchener and they're always SO much fun. I've all ready told my mom about this and now that she's crazy addicted to attending skating competitions too ;), we're all ready planning for Windsor. :cheer:

Nan
11-01-2011, 09:11 PM
I think I've talked my sister (non-skating fan) into coming with me. I would be staying with her in a suburb of Detroit and driving over every day.

Any advice on how much time to allow for passing into Canada each day?

Fridge_Break
11-01-2011, 09:46 PM
I think I've talked my sister (non-skating fan) into coming with me. I would be staying with her in a suburb of Detroit and driving over every day.

Any advice on how much time to allow for passing into Canada each day?

My friend and I were considering this as well*. We have friends that live in Detroit and were just going to crash their house/apartment and drive back and forth each day... no idea on how much time it would take to cross the border... the last time I did that was when I ran across it for the Detroit Marathon and was screened ahead of time. :P

*That is... depending on where I am at the time... as of right now it looks like I'll (hopefully) be in Illinois, but who knows... but we've been begging for SA to come to Detroit for years, and Windsor is basically a Detroit burb... but if I end up on the west coast it wouldn't be worth it :(

purple skates
11-01-2011, 09:58 PM
I think I've talked my sister (non-skating fan) into coming with me. I would be staying with her in a suburb of Detroit and driving over every day.

Any advice on how much time to allow for passing into Canada each day?

Depends, of course, on the traffic and time of day. Last Friday it took less than 10 minutes to get across the bridge at about 9:15 in the morning. When I went over in the beginning of October, it was about the same at 9:00 am on a Saturday. They had only one lane each way, too, because of construction. By next fall, I assume all lanes will be open.

Can't say about the tunnel - it gives me the creeps so I avoid it.

Nan
11-02-2011, 01:51 PM
Thanks to both of you for the time estimate. I know at one time, it was quite a long wait, I wasn't sure if that was still true or not.

sk8er 1964, I feel the same way about the tunnel. :yikes:

oleada
11-02-2011, 02:09 PM
I think I've talked my sister (non-skating fan) into coming with me. I would be staying with her in a suburb of Detroit and driving over every day.

Any advice on how much time to allow for passing into Canada each day?

I didn't cross over at Detroit but both entering and leaving Canada through Niagara Falls took maybe 10 minutes.

Fridge_Break
11-02-2011, 02:23 PM
Can't say about the tunnel - it gives me the creeps so I avoid it.

I've run through the tunnel -- that thing is shadier than slim shady. :yikes:

Nan
11-02-2011, 02:23 PM
Thanks, oleada. :)