Local industry includes Diageo, a whiskey distillery that produces the Crown Royal Canadian whiskey, Windsor Mold's Precision Plastics, one of Ontario's largest full-service suppliers of industrial plastics and thermoplastic, and Honeywell Performance Materials and Technology. Marathon Oil has a coke storage site near the river.
HistoryAcross the Detroit River from what developed as the state of Michigan in the United States, the town was permanently established in 1796 as a British military fort overlooking the river's mouth at Lake Erie. Fort Malden was occupied as a garrison. The town was developed by Loyalists who were granted land by the Crown in Upper Canada in compensation for losses in the Thirteen Colonies, or as payment for service in the military, after the British lost the American Revolution War. This enabled the Crown to increase population in Upper Canada and develop it. The new settlers built many of their houses in the French style of a century before, giving the new town a historic character. French-speaking colonists also settled here, some who were descendants of the Petite Côte settlement along the river to the north. St. Jean was their Catholic church.
During the days of the Underground Railroad before the American Civil War, fugitive African-American slaves often crossed the river to escape to freedom in Canada, after the Crown abolished slavery. Detroit abolitionists William Lambert and especially George DeBaptiste were key to helping the slaves escape. DeBaptiste owned a lake steamboat which was used to offload fugitives in town while docked ostensibly to load lumber. They used Fort Malden as an entry point to Canada.
When the fort was no longer needed for military purposes, the government adapted it for use as a "lunatic asylum". Its main building was later used as a Port of Entry Money Order office and Post Office savings bank. The town is named after Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst, commander of the British forces and first British Governor General of the Province of Quebec (1760).
Amherstburg Taxi and South Shore Taxi occasionally operate a "shared ride service" from Amherstburg to the Devonshire Mall in Windsor.
Small boats are welcome to call at any one of three local marinas that serve Lake Erie and the Detroit River.
- Amherstburg Ferry Company operates private ferry service to Bob-Lo Island community.
- Amherstburg Taxi, +1 519-736-1761
phone: +1 519-736-6947address: 100 Laird Ave SThe location of an historic meeting between Major General Sir Isaac Brock and Shawnee Chief Tecumseh, the British stronghold on the Detroit frontier during the War of 1812 and the Rebellions of 1837-38, and the site of the longest American occupation on Canadian soil.
phone: +1 519-736-5416A citadel on the former site of Fort Amherstburg (1795), a British border fortification.
phone: +1 519-736-5433address: 277 King StreetThis explores the history of African-American refugees in western Ontario, who sought freedom from slavery and made their homes here.
Park House MuseumThe story of Amherstburg and its people.
Amherstburg Navy Yard National Historic Siteaddress: Dalhousie StreetBeautiful gardens, manicured lawns and sculpture depicting the War of 1812.
Gibson GalleryAn art gallery in a former Michigan Central Railroad Station (c. 1896), which has been fully restored. The gallery operates year-round, featuring exhibits by local artists, the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Windsor, travelling exhibits from Ontario museums and galleries, and student art/photography exhibits.
Gordon Houseaddress: 268 Dalhousie StBuilt in 1798 as a residence overlooking the Detroit River. Since being restored, it houses a marine exhibit.
Bois Blanc IslandAbandoned amusement park rides. Once a popular day trip from Detroit, hosts amazing views.
phone: +1 519-736-3772address: 6952 County Rd 50One of the best fall birding sites in North America for viewing migratory birds. The 2.2 km² (546-acre) nature reserve contains over 610 m (2,000 feet) of beaches, picnic areas, a 2-km (1.2-mi) trail along the edge of Big Creek Marsh. Holiday Beach is considered a premiere spot to view the fall migration of raptors (birds of prey). A 'Festival of Hawks' event takes place in September.
Amherstburg UncommonWizards and Victorian Steampunks come to play in Amherstburg.
Art by the River160 artists and artisans from across Ontario.
address: Toddy Jones ParkFree
address: at the Malden Community and Cultural Center, 7860 County Road 20 at the end of Howard Avenue on County Rd 20Produce and products sold are from within a 50-km radius.
phone: +1 519-736-4333address: 65 Sandwich Street North
phone: +1 519-736-0880address: 219 Dalhousie St.This restaurant avoids products made with GMOs, chemical preservatives, colour & flavour agents and sources in-season produce locally. Most dishes are gluten-free.
phone: +1 519-713-9009address: 269 Dalhousie StreetExtensive wine menu, a variety of premium beers on tap, and live music (on Friday and Saturday evenings).
phone: +1 519-736-0044address: 1430 Front Rd SGluten-free menu available.
phone: +1 519-736-7959address: 5141 Concession 5 N, AmherstburgFrench viniferas and hybrids: Cabernet, Marechal Foch, Vidal, Chardonnay, select late harvest and ice wine.
phone: +1 519-726-9609address: 9238 Walker Rd, McGregor, AmherstburgChardonnay, Autumn Harvest Vidal, and Baco Noir.
phone: +1 519-738-9253address: 7258 County Road 50, AmherstburgThe retail centre is a Tuscany-style “old world” building with extensive balconies that overlook views of the vineyard and Lake Erie. The winery is surrounded by 35 acres of vines. Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Vidal, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Gamay.
phone: +1 519-997-2576address: 5141 Concession 5 NA wide range of red, rosé and white wines, a port-style and dessert wines.
Bondy House Bed & Breakfastphone: +1 519-736-9433address: 199 Dalhousie StGuests can choose from theme bedrooms and an executive suite with private balcony overlooking the parks and Detroit River. Each of the of guest bedrooms has its own theme reflecting the history of Amherstburg.
phone: +1 519-736-7737address: 4441 Concession 4 SouthRooms come with a private bathroom fitted with a shower. Free WiFi throughout the property. Shared kitchen available.