Amherstburg Where History Comes Alive!
Discover Amherstburg, a town firmly rooted in the War of 1812 era when the British established Fort Malden as a defense against American invasion. Today Amherstburg is famous for its historic buildings, charming downtown shops, gourmet restaurants, scenic harbour, International Peace Sculpture and Provincial Marine Monument. Glorious rhododendrons and a Hosta Garden grace the elegant King's Navy Yard Park with their colourful blooms. The Farmers’ Market and Amherstburg Costumes & Doll Museum open Saturday mornings (May–Sep) at Malden Community Centre by Road Jct. 9 & 20. Macassa Bay River Cruises take historical voyages on the Detroit River every Wednesday. Gibson Gallery, located in the former railway station, exhibits local artwork and a caboose Railroad Museum. Toddy Jones Park, located at North Street and Sandwich Street junction, is a great spot to relax and cool off at its splash pad, playground and picnic pavilion.
Fort Malden National Historic Park features uniformed soldiers and musket-firing demonstrations on Sunday afternoons. Visitors may immerse themselves in British military life by touring bulwarks, buildings and an interpretive centre of this former garrison. Admissions are daily, year round.
Amherstburg Freedom Museum is part of the African Canadian Heritage Tour. This national historic site features a log cabin and original church built by former slaves. Exhibits focus on accomplishments of black people and the famous Underground Railroad movement that helped them escape to freedom and to establish settlements in Canada.
Park House Museum houses a tin smithy that produces replicas of early military tin ware; open daily. Holiday Beach Conservation Area is located south of Amherstburg on County Rd 50. The park offers shaded campsites, picnic areas and a sandy beach. Other family attractions include a playground, trout pond and nature trails throughout the 500-acre property. This is one of the best places to see migratory hawks and eagles from an observation tower during the spectacular Hawk Festival in September.