What to do in historic Amherstburg, Ont.

view of gardens overlooking the detroit river in amherstburg, ontario Photo by Rebecca Stanisic

At one of Canada’s southernmost points, you’ll discover the historic town of Amherstburg, Ont. Set along the Detroit River near the mouth of Lake Erie, the town is home to many shops, places to eat, and attractions to visit. Here’s how to plan your trip to Amherstburg, Ontario. 

Learn about the past and present

Pre-book your visit and tour to the Amherstburg Freedom Museum to explore Black history and the Underground Railroad in Canada. Since 1975, the museum has been telling stories of African-Canadians through artifacts, exhibits, and stories. 

Strategically located on the banks of the Detroit River is the Fort Malden National Historic Site. There is a lot of military history associated with this Parks Canada site, including the War of 1812 and the Rebellions in 1837 to 1838. There are tours, demonstrations, and events throughout the year. 

Don’t be scared of the past—learn more about it with the free, self-guided Olde Amherstburg Ghost Tour. Download the app, and follow along as you learn more about Amherstburg’s haunting history. 

Where to eat and drink

Order your favourite brewed beverage or a bite to eat at Caffeine and Co. to enjoy inside their unique and stylish cafe or on their patio. Eat at one of the local restaurants such as The Salty Dog for perch and chips, wood-fired pizza, or lobster ravioli. Waterfront Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt is the destination for frozen treats and over 50 flavours of ice cream. Fish lovers (especially if you are looking for perch or pickerel) will want to check out The Perch Pit food truck.  

Take a walk along the water and enjoy the outdoors

Stroll along the Detroit River and immerse yourself in the gardens of the King’s Navy Yard Park. These gardens are designated as a War of 1812 Bi-Centennial International Peace Garden. Also in town is a large play park and splash pad area that kids will love.

Plan a shopping trip

Shop for clothing, décor, gardenwares and more at the many local shops. Find a new book at River Books; discover vintage furniture and local artisan items at Pink Pieces; shop for your home, garden, and bath and body at Terra Green.

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