Located on the banks of the picturesque Detroit River, Fort Malden opens a fascinating doorway into Canada’s early military history. This important location of Canada’s past served as a meeting place 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 is the site of the longest American occupation on Canadian soil.

Site Tour - All Grades

Interpreters in period costumes will lead students on a tour of our buildings including our world class museum, soldiers’ barracks, cookhouse, and a musket firing demonstration! Students will learn about the strategic importance of the Detroit River Frontier and the social history of the soldiers and their families, officers, tradesmen, native warriors, and pioneers who protected and served this frontier for over 50 years.

War of 1812

During this 90 minute program the students are led by a historical interpreter throughout the site, learning about the causes of the war and the lifestyles of the people who lived at Fort Malden. It also includes a hands-on activity, called ‘mini militia’, in which the students dress in redcoats and learn a bit of soldier’s drill. Your experience at the Fort ends with a musket firing demonstration.

  • 1.5-hour tour, offered year-round
  • For pricing please visit our fees page

Day camp programming 

Located in the heart of beautiful downtown Amherstburg, Fort Malden offers a variety of activities to educate and entertain your campers. Children will explore the fascinating history of Canada with opportunities to play period games, watch a blacksmith at work, dress up and live like a soldier, discover how food was prepared and cooked in the early 1800s, and explore the exhibits in the Fort Malden museum.

  • Ideal for ages 6-12
  • Approximately 2 hours
  • For pricing please visit our fees page

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