A War of 1812 Community
Gardens and Parks
Amherstburg boasts an array of parks and exquisite gardens complimented with the richness of national historic sites. Beautifully manicured gardens include those with historic ties, such as the legendary, 10.5 acre, King’s Navy Yard Park, a dedicated Bicentennial International Peace Garden. Other gardens showcase horticultural expertise such as the Hosta Garden or the Rhododendron Collection and there are those that inspire with their unforgettable imagery. Experience the peace found in Amherstburg’s pampered gardens and the adventure of the Town’s museums, shops and galleries. Sure to make for a memorable visit!
North Gateway Garden
116 Sandwich Street North, Amherstburg, Ontario
Be greeted by Amherstburg's North Gateway where you may view beautiful landscaping at the Waterfront Tourism Centre and surrounding the Town's marquee waterfall. Look a little closer and see the unique species of plants have been marked so garden enthusiasts can make note! This garden sits along the water's edge overlooking the Detroit River. Experience the passing of majestic freighters or if you are lucky, a glimpse of a bald eagle flying by.
81 Sandwich Street North, Amherstburg, Ontario
Diageo the maker of the ever famous Crown Royal and Seagrams V.O. boosts a garden that showcases several species of plants. Those plants include the endangered heritage Kentucky Coffee Tree, mature European Larch and a unique yellow flowering magnolia. Enjoy many rare varieties of azaleas and rhododendrons. Conveniently located across the street from Amherstburg's North Gateway and Waterfront Tourism Centre.
Kings Navy Yard Park
242 Dalhousie, Amherstburg, Ontario
An Amherstburg gem, this beautiful 10.5 acre park offers a tranquil setting to relax and enjoy the gardens and waterfront view. A showcased parkette features a beautiful water fountain, town clock tower and vibrant tropical plants. A perfect place to meet, relax or enjoy a coffee.
With lots of shade this park is the perfect location for a picnic or to enjoy passing frieghters on one of the many benches. The park blends history with beauty, it is home to the Commissariat Museum and replica cannons.
Located in the downtown core it is within a short walking distance of downtown shops, restaurants and museums. The gorgeous flower gardens offer countless photo opportunities and an ideal location for weddings! To book areas of the King's Navy Yard Park, call 519-736-5712.
Signature Hosta Garden
In King's Navy Yard Park
270 Dalhousie, Amherstburg, Ontario
There are over 200 hosta varieties in this exquisitely marked and documented garden. Unique species are continually added to the King Navy Yard Garden from time to time.
When you are viewing the garden you will encounter some rather distinctive names. These are the actual names that the hybridizer or ‘inventor’ of that hosta has chosen for that particular plant. It is what you would call a trademark on that plant.
The American Hosta Growers Association (AHGA) established the AHGA Hosta of the Year in 1996. For the selection process of this annual contest, the AHGA Members vote for their favourite hosta plant. When you read the labels on the hostas you will notice that many of the varieties displayed in our garden today were winners in years past!
Take a stroll through this intriguing garden and you will encounter some fun and interesting names! See if you can pick out the differences between them!
Rhododendron and Azalea Collection
In King's Navy Yard Park
214 Dalhousie Street, Amherstburg, Ontario
When visiting Amherstburg's King's Navy Yard Park be sure to visit the Rhododendron and Azalea Collection. This collection has been meticulously cared for by Amherstburg's Rhododendron Committee for over 30 years. Enjoy the many Red Bud trees along with mature Hawthorns and Magnolias. Rhododendrons and azaleas are broadleaf evergreens which bloom in an array of colours in purples, pinks, reds and white. Rhododendrons and azaleas like an acidic soil and prefer to grow in a shady location. Stop and read the plaque which tells you the story of 'Rhodo Bob' who was the brainchild of the Rhodo gardens.
Visitors have made it part of their spring tradition to witness these spectacular flowering plants during full bloom.
South Gateway Garden
627 Sandwich Street South, Amherstburg, Ontario
Be greeted by Amherstburg's South gateway. Witness beautiful natural landscaping surrounding a tranquil pond and a lovely waterfall. Ducks, turtles and geese are certainly enjoying the habitat created. Part of the town's walking trail. You can catch a glimpse of the Town's Inuksuk, a salute to our First Nations ties.
Austin 'Toddy' Jones Park
This 4 acre park is situated between Sandwich Street and North Street and has something to offer for the whole family. Cool off at the popular Splash Pad. Open daily from June to Labour Day weekend, 10am to 7pm. Another children's favourite is the inclusive playground. We promise you will love it here! To book the pavillion in the park call 519-736-5712.
With an area of 27 acres, Centennial Park is Amherstburg's largest park and home to the Ribfest Festival. The park's ammenities include the Lion's Pool, skateboard park, four baseball diamonds, two tennis courts (one is lit), a basketball court, two (2) volleyball courts, an all weather track surface for an active walking experience and a football/soccer field. For Lion's Pool hours call (519) 736-5712.
Skateboard Park and a couple enjoying Track Complex
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
6952 County Rd 50
Holiday Beach is a one stop destination for nature lovers. Holiday Beach features a long sandy beach, serviced campsites, new showers & washrooms, large shady picnic areas, a playground, nature trails, boardwalk, trout pound and a three storey observation tower. The perfect spot for hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, bird watching, boating and much more! Check out their website for more details!
Observation Tower at Holiday Beach
Bill Wigle Park
84 North Street, Amherstburg, Ontario
968 Front Road North, Amherstburg, Ontario
Malden Centre Park
5460 County Road 20, Amherstburg, Ontario
Just off of County Rd 20 and Concession 6 South, this 11 acre park is a popular destination for families. The park has five baseball diamonds, picnic shelter, picnic tables and large playground area. About ten minute drive from downtown Amherstburg, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the county. To make reservations at this park call 519-736-5712.
Call 519-736-5712 to reserve a park location for your special occasion or sporting event.