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May 17 - Fort Malden Opening Day
Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada opens for our 75th year. Come help us celebrate our anniversary with Cake and Cannons. Fort Malden will be open from 10:00am to 5:00pm.


July 1 - Canada Day
Celebrate our Nation's birthday at the National Historic Site of Fort Malden. Enjoy the activities of the day, ice cream and a fireworks finale along the Detroit River! This traditional event is the best in the region and not to be missed! Free admission to Fort Malden.

For more information, visit Town of Amherstburg website, call: 519-736-8320 or email:

July 19 and 20 - Great War Encampment
100 years ago, Canadian Soldiers marched off to fight the Great War! Come experience the First World War at Fort Malden on July 20, 2014. With infantry, artillery and cavalry displays, families will learn about Canadian soldiers at war from a century ago. Witness the awesome displays of the 1st Hussars as they demonstrate horse riding and tactics from a time when Fort Malden was their recruiting office for Essex County.


August 2 and 3 - Military Heritage Days
Come to Fort Malden National Historic Site to see Canadian Soldiers from the First World War plus 2000 years of military history as we take you from Romans to Redcoats and beyond. The whole family will be blown away by muskets, cannons and music. Kids can participate in the Parks Canada Xplorer Scavenger Hunt, learn to march like a British Soldier, or dress up as a boat and participate in a water fight to recreate the Battle of Lake Erie. Discover even more through interactive opportunities, such as tactical and musical demonstrations, and various military encampments will be sure to inspire long lasting, unique memories for all.

August 23 and 24 - Art by the River
Love art? Join over 150 top notch artists and artisans in Amherstburg at Art by the River, Essex County's original arts and crafts festival. Browse before you buy. All art is juried and personally handmade by the artists. Admission is $5; children 12 and under are free! Enjoy the art music, magic and history at Art by the River - an olde town, end of summer tradition since 1967.

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September 4-7 - Shores of Erie International Wine Festival
A toast to the tastes! A perfect blend of regional wines, fine cuisine and an eclectic mix of live entertainment on the magnificent waterfront grounds of Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada. Our 10th Anniversary will host spectacular programming!

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December 20 - A Garrison Christmas
In December 1814, soldiers from the army of the United States spent a chilly Christmas season garrisoning the ruins of Fort Amherstburg. Come and check out how soldiers two hundred years ago celebrated Christmas. View decorations made by students from schools in Essex County, and help us judge our colouring contest. Sip cider, eat cookies, or even treat yourself to a soldier's Christmas meal. Children can make decorations to take home and participate in various games and activities. Regular admission fees apply. Open 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

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