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1. Fort Malden National Historic Site
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For 200 years, fortifications at Fort Malden have witnessed and participated in the struggles which helped forge a new nation out of the North American wilderness. An army garrison, British Indian Department post, dockyard for the Upper Great Lakes and the meeting place for Chief Tecumseh and British General Brock - the fort has been all these.
Real and inspiring possibilities await you as you enter Fort Malden National Historic Site. Whether you are looking to take in the beautiful scenery along the Detroit River or venturing into the fort for an authentic 19th century experience, we have something for everyone.
Suggested duration: 2 hoursLearn more about Fort Malden National Historic Site
2. GL Heritage Brewing Company
Awarded Amherstburg's 2018 New Business of the Year, GL Heritage Brewing Company is a brand new brewhouse, tasting room, beer patio and retail shop. Now open temp hours during covid-19: walkin/curbside pickup Fri 2-7, Sat/Sun 12-5. Delivery available Wednesdays.
Surrounded by a field of newly-seeded barley destined for your glass, GL Heritage joins the booming brewery scene in Windsor Essex to add another great stop where you can expect high quality, award-winning, hand-crafted beer and good people.
Come enjoy a sample flight or glass inside or under our covered patio - or grab a pack to share with friends. Listen to music played on vinyl and the occasional live performance. We are family-friendly and pet-friendly. See you soon!
Suggested duration: 2 hoursLearn more about GL Heritage Brewing Company
3. Sanson Estate Winery
Voted best Baco Noir in Canada, Sanson Estate has supplied locals with natural meats, produce and wine for fifteen years. Our resident Chef-Winemaker invites you to sample products guaranteed to inspire those who live to eat! Visit Essex County’s only food and wine store to impress the guests at your table. Centrally located & just a short drive from Windsor, Ontario & Detroit, Michigan, Sanson Estate Winery is the perfect place to stock up on Chardonnay, Autumn Harvest Vidal, and Baco Noir.
Suggested duration: 1 hourLearn more about Sanson Estate Winery
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4. Amherstburg Navy Yard National Historic Site
Designated as a Bi-Centennial International Peace Garden. Along the pathway are many manicured annual flower beds, a ships anchor, cannons, and a light house beacon. It has been acknowledged as part of the great Sauk Trail which ran from Illinois to Detroit. Once a shipyard for the Provincial Marine, today you can take a stroll along the water, watch the ocean and lake freighters pass by or snap a photo of the colourful Rhododendron’s and lovely gardens.
Suggested duration: 1 hourLearn more about Amherstburg Navy Yard National Historic Site
5. Amherstburg Freedom Museum
Amherstburg Freedom Museum, previously known as 'the North American Black Historical Museum', is located in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada. It is a community-based, non-profit museum that tells the story of African-Canadians' history and contributions. Founded in 1975 by local residents, it preserves and presents artifacts of African-Canadians, many of whose ancestors had entered Canada as refugees from United States slavery. They found it relatively easy to enter Canada from across the Detroit River.
Although Michigan was a free territory and state, many refugee slaves continued to settle in Canada in order to be beyond the reach of the US Fugitive Slave Acts. The Museum complex which houses permanent and temporary exhibits, and consists of the museum building, the Taylor Log Cabin-a historic home from that period, and Nazrey African Methodist Episcopal Church, National Historic Site.
Suggested duration: 1 hourLearn more about Amherstburg Freedom Museum
6. Park House Museum
Park House is a historic house museum, located in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada. It was built in 1796 in Detroit, but moved to Amherstburg in 1799. It has had many owners, the best-known being the Park family who owned it 102 years. In 1972 it was purchased by the Rotary Club of Amherstburg, becoming a local history museum and being renovated to portray life in the 1850s.
Suggested duration: 1 hourLearn more about Park House Museum
7. Vivace Estate Winery
Vivace Estate Winery invites you to experience wine-tasting at its most enjoyable in an atmosphere of casual elegance. Choose from a wide range of new red, rose and white wines as well as a port-style and dessert wines.
Suggested duration: 1 hourLearn more about Vivace Estate Winery
8. Cooper's Hawk Vineyards and The Vines Restaurant, Harrow
Welcome to world-class wines, expertly crafted cuisine, and a naturalist’s haven. Take in our tasting room, The Vines Restaurant, and patio dining. Enjoy the beautiful vineyards, wildlife, and majestic sunsets while enjoying a glass of award winning wine.
Located in a pristine setting, we offer wine tastings with a unique view of our vineyards. Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards is an estate winery located on 70 acres of land in the Lake Erie North Shore viticulture region. Our name was chosen from one of the many birds of prey that frequent the 5 acres of green space surrounding our vineyards, and our logo symbolizes our commitment to the environment. We focus on high quality affordable wines grown on an environmentally supportive site.
Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards is pleased to also offer a unique dining experience at The Vines Restaurant. The restaurant has a seating capacity of 44 with outdoor patio seating available in good weather for another 40 seats. Taste, tour, and dine for the total Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards experience.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 minLearn more about Cooper's Hawk Vineyards and The Vines Restaurant
9. Point Pelee National Park, Leamington
Breathe in the fresh air during an adventure through Point Pelee National Park--15 sq km (5.8 sq mi) of protected land jutting out into Lake Erie. Take the boardwalk across the marshlands and head out onto sandy spits for extensive views of the shimmering lake. As the southernmost point of mainland Canada, the park offers sights of creatures unseen elsewhere in the country, such as the fox snake and the five-lined skink. Birders have spotted about 360 different species of migratory birds in the park, which is a meeting point of two major migration paths.
Suggested duration: 2 hoursLearn more about Point Pelee National Park
10. Holiday Beach Conservation Area
This Conservation Area is renowned for its birding. Each fall, the conservation area hosts the Festival of Hawks showcasing the spectacular migration of thousands of hawks, vultures, eagles, falcons and other birds of prey. For this reason, this site has been named an Important Bird Area (IBA). Holiday Beach Conservation Area has large shady picnic areas, a playground, nature trails, a boardwalk, sandy beach for swimming, and a three story observation tower. Group/seasonal camping is available. Day usage fees apply
Suggested duration: 2 hoursLearn more about Holiday Beach Conservation Area
11. Bois Blanc Island Lighthouse & Blockhouse
Suggested duration: 2 hoursLearn more about Bois Blanc Island Lighthouse & Blockhouse
12. Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village, Kingsville
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Suggested duration: 1h 30 minLearn more about Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village
13. Rondeau Provincial Park, Morpeth
Suggested duration: 2 hoursLearn more about Rondeau Provincial Park
14. North 42 Degrees Estate Winery & Bistro 42, Harrow
North 42 Degrees Estate Winery welcomes you to discover our passion for wine making and the natural beauty of our surroundings as you experience our warm southern hospitality. We are third generation farmers of European farming heritage, wine flows deep within our ancestral roots. Come taste the exceptional flavours of our award-winning wines in a relaxed atmosphere. As our guests, we invite you to unwind and enjoy our wines on one of our patios overlooking the vineyard or Lake Erie and the lavender gardens while you taste the exquisite culinary creations of our Executive Chef at Bistro 42.
North 42 Degrees Estate Winery – Purveyors of Good Times and Fine Wines.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 minLearn more about North 42 Degrees Estate Winery & Bistro 42
15. Austin 'Toddy' Jones Park
Suggested duration: 1h 30 minLearn more about Austin 'Toddy' Jones Park
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