The Windsor and Essex County area has truly fascinating historical and cultural landmarks. Visitors can discover Prohibition history from one of our founding business families at the Canadian Club Brand Heritage Centre, visit Mackenzie Hall in Olde Sandwich Towne or learn about the Underground Railroad at Amherstburg’s Black History Museum. Explore the trenches and barracks of the War of 1812 at Fort Malden or examine Windsor’s rich history as the birthplace of the automotive industry in Canada. Stately Willistead Manor was built by Edward Chandler Walker, son of Hiram Walker in 1917. The manor’s Tudor-Jacobean architecture reflects 20th Century ingenuity and the elegance of another era. Located in one of the most historic areas in Windsor, Mackenzie Hall was built in 1855 by Alexander Mackenzie, Canada’s second prime minister, and is constructed of limestone in the classic revival style. The Hall served as a working courthouse and gaol and is a living link between our colorful legal past and our artistic present. Mackenzie Hall now hosts drama, dance, film, music presentations, receptions, meetings and business functions.
Canadian Club Brand Centre... A 1-1/2 hour tour will look back in history to Hiram Walker's success and his famous whisky, CANADIAN CLUB. Guests are escorted into the basement C.C. Speak Easy, where meetings were held with Al Capone and The Purple Gang, and finish their tour with a whisky sampling. A tour not to miss! Read More
Canadian Historical Aircraft Association... Come visit Canada’s most southern Air Museum. We operate out of the BCTAP #7 Elementary Flying Training School Hangar, located at the Windsor International Airport. View the FM212 Lancaster Bomber Restoration and KB161 Mosquito Bomber Project. Visit the Wes Bridgen Archives. Call for hours of operation Read More
Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village... The Canadian Transportation Museum is a state-of-the-art 25,000 sq. ft facility. It houses various modes of transportation, from the mid 1800s up to the 1992 Dodge Viper. The museum includes horse and oxen drawn carts, a 1904 Mitchell horse drawn hearse, fire trucks, Ford Model Ts and As, hot rods, Corvettes, T-Birds and more. Read More
Diageo Canada... Crown Royal is a blended Canadian whisky, 40% alcohol by volume, 80 proof. The brand is currently owned by Diageo, who purchased it when the Seagram portfolio was dissolved in the year 2000. It is the top-selling Canadian whisky in the United States. Read More
Essex County Steam & Gas Engine Museum... Currently we are restoring our collection of antique small engines, old tractors and turn of the century steam engines including the Walkerville Lumber mill Steam Engine from Windsor, Ontario. Read More
Essex Railway Station... The site consists of a restored stone railway station built in 1887, a Heritage Gardens area with markers identifying individuals and families who have contributed to the development of the Town of Essex, and antique railcars from 1909 and 1942. Read More
Fort Malden National Historic Site...
Fort Malden stood guard during the War of 1812, a time when the threat of American invasion was very real. The Americans took over this fort for almost two years after the British abandoned it following their defeat at the Battle of Lake Erie. Come rediscover this historic treasure!Read More
Gibson Gallery... Amherstburg - This designated historic building is a beautifully restored Michigan Central Railroad station (1896), Romanesque in style, featuring beveled glass fanlights, decorative clay trim and dressed stone windowsills. Today it houses a “state of the art” gallery presenting works by local artists, travelling exhibits and is home to three needle art guilds. Read More
Jack Miner... The Jack Miner Migratory Bird Foundation is a charitable organization that was established by Jack Miner, a great naturalist and Canada’s first noted conservationist. To continue the good work of Jack Miner and the Sanctuary he established in 1904, The Foundation serves to feed, protect and defend waterfowl and song birds and aims to inspire those who visit to experience the benefits of nature by creating a natural environment for today and future generations. Read More
John R. Park Homestead...
A visit to the John R. Park Homestead and Conservation Area will take you back in time to the 1850s.Read More
Kingsville Historical Park Inc... The Kingsville Historical Park & Military Museum maintains a historical park and public institution dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of historically significant objects. The Museum building holds collections regarding the United Empire Loyalists and artifacts and information on the People of Essex County and their involvement in the defense of their Country in the Fenian Raids, Boer War, World War 1, World War 2, Korea, Cold War, Peacekeeping, Bosnia, Afghanistan... and much more. Read More
Mackenzie Hall Cultural Centre...
Art. Culture. Heritage. Wellness. Find it all. Find it here. Visit this historic gem in the heart of Sandwich Towne. Originally a 19th century district courthouse and gaol (jail), this heritage building now offers performing art space, theatre, galleries, meeting rooms, activities for the family, a ballroom to rent and more.Read More
Marsh Historical Collection... A community history and genealogy centre. Researchers are welcome to utilize the collection of local photos, maps, census, cemetery and church records and books on Great Lakes/Detroit River history. Most significant is Amherstburg Echo microfilm from 1874-2001. Exhibits on various aspects of local and marine history. Free admission. Read More
Park House Museum... The Park House is a year round museum catering to the needs of visiting school children, seniors and the general public, as well as being an interesting and informative place to visit. Read More
Pelee Island... From historical sites to shops, nature walks, and night life, Pelee Island provides visitors with a myriad of opportunities. Read More
Pelee Island Heritage Centre and Museum... Islands are special microcosms. Places of fascinating surprises. Neighbourhoods of difference. Forever entertaining. Introducing ‘100 Gateways to Pelee’ a unique self-guided out-of-doors Audio tour of excellence. Authentic, museum researched. An unsurpassed introduction. Located directly across from Ferry Terminal. Visit or call The Heritage Centre for further information and to reserve. Read More
The Henry Ford... Here, once in a lifetime is waiting around every corner. And never before seen is seen by millions. It’s where the extraordinary happens every day. This is a place like no other. The only place. The Henry Ford. Discover America’s Greatest History Attraction. The Henry Ford offers four distinct attractions: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour and the IMAX Theatre. Read More
The Holocaust Memorial Center... The tale of the Holocaust is one of epic proportions. It is a history not only of evil, although the evil is undeniable, but also of great courage, strength and righteousness. Read More
Walkerville Brewery... Located in the historic distillery district, Walkerville Brewery is proud to be Windsor's microbrewery. Initially offering 2 premium beer styles; with plans to add seasonal offerings and further brand extensions. The 18,000ft² facility offers a tap room, community space and retail shoppe dedicated to the community and its unique history of beer. Read More
History never looked so good. Experience the beauty of this grand 36-room mansion nestled in a picturesque 15-acre park. Built in 1917 by Edward Chandler Walker, son of Hiram Walker, its Tudor-Jacobean architecture recalls the ingenuity and elegance of the 20th century. An ideal venue for weddings, receptions, meetings and more!Read More
Windsor's Community Museum... Prominent citizen Francois Baby built a Georgian-style house on this site in 1812. The invading American army, and subsequently the British, commandeered the house during the War of 1812. After the remains of the building were acquired by the city in the 1950s, it was restored for museum use. Read More
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