The Town of Amherstburg is delighted to announce it has been awarded the #SafeTravels Stamp. The Safe Travels Stamp is an international symbol designed to allow travelers to recognize governments and companies around the world, which have adopted health and hygiene, standardized protocols – so consumers can experience ‘Safe Travels’. TIAO President & CEO, Beth Potter said “We are delighted to confirm the Town of Amherstburg has been awarded the #SafeTravels Stamp. Across Canada, tourism businesses big and small are doing all they can to offer Canadians the perfect vacation. More and more Canadians are looking closer to home to escape from the challenges of and rediscovering their own provinces.
When they see the ‘Safe Travels Stamp’ has been awarded to the destination or hotel they’re planning to visit they will know that they are upholding the highest standards of health and safety and demonstrating they are adhering to the global health protocols issued by the WTTC.”
Take the time to explore a variety of businesses or dine at an outdoor patio. You may choose to take advantage of carry out service at any Amherstburg restaurant and enjoy it outside in the King’s Navy Yard Park in the Take-Out Court located in the square near the fountain. From burgers to Lobster Thermador, from craft beer to ice cream, satisfy your long awaited craving for delicious food from your favourite Amherstburg eateries.
You just might want to burn a few calories before indulging in the delicious fare. Guests are encouraged to make this a healthy escape by biking. “Bike it, lock it and walk it” is the motto for Open Air Weekends. Bike racks will be provided at each Open Air Weekend threshold. Click here to see additional bicycle, vehicle and accessible parking areas.
May 20 to Oct 2, 2022.
Come visit us safely and respect physical distancing of 6 feet. Bring your camera and we can’t wait to see you!
In 2008 many individuals and corporate sponsors donated their time, money and skills to the fountain project to help ensure visitors and residents alike enjoyed their visit to the downtown core.
The fountain depicts the woman “Hebe”. According to Greek mythology Hebe was the goddess of youth, daughter of Zeus and Hera. Her name comes from the Greek word for youth, and it was believed that she had the ability to restore youth.
She has become a great asset to our award winning gardens and today the fountain is one of the most photographed locations in Amherstburg, especially with wedding couples and families.
Out of War, peace was indeed forged during the Amherstburg celebrations of the War of 1812 Bicentennial (1812-2012). In 2011, local artist Joe DeAngelis, lecturer and professor at the School of Visual Arts at the University of Windsor was commissioned to design, sculpt and cast the Forged Peace Monument.
This monument is a tribute to the bond that ties our great nation; Canada, with the military events that took place with our American friends. In partnership with sister city Put in Bay, Ohio, Munroe, Michigan, The Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce and The Amherstburg Rotary Club #6400, the monument with its three muskets, roses and feather symbolize the paths that our Indigenous people and forefathers/mothers forged so that we can now enjoy peace, friendship and the longest, undefended border in the world! A time capsule awaits unveiling within.
A little further east from the Forged Peace Monument is the Peace Garden Route plaque. The designation was awarded to the Kings Navy Yard Park gardens during the Bicentennial so that visitors can enjoy the natural beauty that a garden provides and to recognize its geographical significance along the Detroit River.
Today, Peace Gardens along historic routes where events of the War of 1812 determined the future of Canada, the United States and the fate of many Indigenous people are still blooming! This cooperative initiative was undertaken by the International Peace Garden Foundation and the Town of Amherstburg, who continue to maintain the beautiful gardens in our parks.
If you have relatives who have lived in Amherstburg or you are just a history officianto, The Marsh Historic Collection is the place for you! This 80 year old research service has kept Amherstburg’s history alive as the result of the passion of its founders John and Helen Marsh.
Amherstburg is one of the most historically significant communities in Ontario, and the Marsh collection honors this with local history and genealogy resources. From photos, books, genealogical records, land instruments, maps and reference files all about Amherstburg, The Marsh Collection has made history their business!
Are you looking for a way to show the world your love for Amherstburg? Why not swing by the Gordon House and pick up some Amherstburg branded apparel. These designs showcase the Amherstburg logo, featured on the Visit Amherstburg website.
If you’re looking for a classic staple to your wardrobe, grab yourself a classic t-shirt, in either white or navy. Want something a little more unique? Go for the grey and navy style baseball shirt, with the 3/4 length sleeves to keep you warm in the cooler months.
Every great voyage to the country has to start with a good meal, especially if you’re heading out early in the morning. Start your day off right with some breakfast at Ure’s Country Kitchen, located at 6000 County Road West 20 at County Road 50. Even if you’re someone who likes to sleep in and start your day later, Ure’s has you covered with their all day breakfast. Started in 1988 by Randy and Laurie Ure, this stop is more than just a place for a great home cooked meal, it’s also home to a convenience store, an ice cream shop and to a place to stop for gas. Fill up on their Big Breakfast, which includes two pancakes or slices of French toast, two eggs cooked how you like them, toast, home fries, and your choice of bacon, sausage, or ham. If you’re looking for something for lunch, try a burger or hot dog, or something from their sandwich board. Don’t forget to burn off some of your calories afterwards with a round of 18 hole mini golf course which includes some spectacular water features!
If wine and cheese isn’t your thing, take a trip down the road and visit Holiday Beach Conservation Area. Get out into the forest and discover their hiking trails and bike paths and find that perfect spot on the water for those into fishing at their catch and release pond. You can also check out their Hawk Tower, where you can view hawks and other birds as they pass through on their migration journey in the fall. The tower was a donation from the Detroit Edison Company in 1988, and observes thousands of raptors and songbirds each year. If you’re looking for a fun camping, “staycation” experience, Holiday Beach Conservation Area offers a private cottage rental overlooking the waterfront. Perfect for a weekend getaway or family adventure.
If you’re looking for more fun and nightly entertainment in the country, check out GL Heritage Brewing at 8728 Howard Avenue (Essex Road 9). Not only can you sample their award winning craft beers, but enjoy so much more. Here you will find lots of great local entertainment and a weekly rotation of local food trucks! You can even bring your favourite four-legged friend to GL Heritage as long as they are leashed.
Right next door you will find Dancing Swallows Vineyard. It’s a small vineyard on a century farm with equisit wines and a small tasting garden under the maple trees.
Take the time to enjoy what “Amherstburg Country” has to offer.
Have you read any Science Fiction books lately? The term, “Steampunk” derived from early science fiction novel writers like Jules Verne and Mary Shelley. Works such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Frankenstein play an important part in the elements of steampunk. The style derives from the 19th century, around the Victorian period. The second thing that is important when learning about the history of Steampunk is the Industrial Revolution. This was a time of new technology and innovation, one of those notably being steam-powered engines, accompanied by colossal metal gears and cogs. Couple the historical charm of the Victorian era with the new-age modernization of science and technology, and you get Steampunk! While Steampunk is set in the 1800s, it didn’t become popular until the 1970s, and was interchangeable with the term, “cyberpunk”. Today, the style is used not just in literature, but in film, art, architecture, and even clothing, which you can show off at Amherstburg Uncommon.
For others, think dress shirt and pants, and take it one step up by pairing your dress shirt with a tweed vest. Another great addition to your look would be a set of 19th century goggles or a monocle, giving your outfit both a scientific and old fashion feel. Finally, don’t forget to include those gears! You can add them in very detailed ways, such as adding them to a belt, lacing them through your worker boots, or even fastening them to your hat or headpiece. Put it all together, and you’re ready to take on the town for the Uncommon festival.
Now your outfit is all ready to go, but what else can you do? Some other ways to prepare is to brush up not only on your Steampunk history (the basics have been covered in this post), but also to get more in touch with science and STEAM activities. The Uncommon Festival will feature a variety of fun science activities for kids and adults alike, showing the fun side of science. Other activities will include falconry, hat making, washboard lessons and many other hands on experiences engaging you in the festival spirit. This fall get ready to be transported back in time, as Amherstburg transforms into a magical world of Steampunk, magic, and innovation. It’s a festival you certainly do not want to miss.
If dressing up in Victorian garments adorned with nuts and bolts sounds exciting to you, then keep reading as we outline some ways to prepare for the Amherstburg Uncommon Festival. First is the preparation of your outfit, as you’ll want to look sharp in your Steampunk attire. For ladies, some may like to wear a skirt and a blouse, or a dress. You can even add a corset to your look for an additional Victorian touch. Lace details are always a great addition. Be sure to top off your attire with a hat, a popular piece from Victorian Britain. You can purchase a hat pre-festival at The Gordon House, Visitor Information Centre in Amherstburg or when you attend the Festival. Another option is to participate in making the hat or fascinator at one of the workshops when at the Uncommon Festival. Please check back for 2021 details at visitamherstburg.ca/uncommon