Images from the new online walking tour of Walkerville are displayed at Walkerville Brewery, Windsor, July 19, 2019. Photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News.

‘The story is so compelling’ (VIDEO)

The city of Windsor’s latest interactive walking tour brings one of its most colourful neighbourhoods to life.

The Walkerville walking tour was officially launched Friday morning during a media event at Walkerville Brewery, a prominent stop on the tour and a big piece of the history surrounding the Walkerville area. Visitors and residents alike may now follow the tour at their own pace online or follow along with a PDF file if they prefer. The tour works with laptops and desktops computers, as well as with tablets and smartphones.

Over 50 points of interest are described in detail on the tour, which users can explore at the pace and order of their choosing. It’s the third official online walking tour produced by the city of Windsor, with the Old Sandwich Towne and Ford City tours already available.

Mike Brkovich, president and co-owner of Walkerville Brewery, owns three other historic properties that are on the tour.

“I’m fortunate enough to have bought the Walkerville Post Office along with the Imperial Building at 1922 Wyandotte Street East,” said Brkovich. “The city designated the Walkerville Garage, which is the third building that is on the tour.”

Some of the other prominent buildings on the walk are the former Bank of Montreal building, the current home of the Gourmet Emporium nightclub, the former Walker Power Building, and Willistead Manor. The former Walkerville Hydroelectric Commission Building, home of Blackburn Radio’s Windsor branch, is also on the tour.

Mayor Drew Dilkens said those who take the tour will be amazed by the atmosphere it creates.

“There are some real great things here,” said Dilkens. “Walkerville is an amazing place. The best part of Walkerville and what makes it so great is that it’s all authentic. No one’s manufacturing any of the stories, it’s what actually happened here, it’s what was actually built here. And so the story is so compelling.”