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Parks and Gardens

Amherstburg boasts beautifully manicured gardens including 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.

Rhododendrons

Amherstburg was awarded 5 Blooms from Communities in Bloom with special mention for their floral displays and heritage in 2015! 

 

Planter with tropical plants in the King's Navy Yard Park


In 2016 the hard work of our the Parks Department was acknowledge by the Ontario Parks Association for the spectacular potted tropical plants and over 200 hanging baskets that decorate the downtown streets.

Click here for a mobile friendly walking tour of Amherstburg's beautiful parks and attractions!

 North Gateway Garden
Visitor info centre116 Sandwich Street North, Amherstburg, Ontario

Be greeted by Amherstburg's North Gateway, where you are able to stop and sit along the water's edge overlooking the Detroit River and experience the passing of majestic freighters or bald eagles. Take time to explore and see the unique species of plants that have been marked for garden enthusiasts.

*This is a winter holiday lights location.

 

This location also features a seasonal Waterfront Tourism Information Centre. For hours of operation, visit Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island website.
 Seagram's Garden
Rhododendrons81 Sandwich Street North, Amherstburg, Ontario

Diageo the maker of the ever famous Crown Royal and Seagrams V.O. showcases a garden with several species of plants. They 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, the garden is located across from Amherstburg's North Gateway and Waterfront Tourism Information Centre.
 King's Navy Yard Park
King's Navy Yard Park and re-enactor242 Dalhousie Street, Amherstburg, Ontario

This 10.5 acre park located in Downtown Amherstburg blends history with beauty, it is home to the Commissariat Building, replica cannons, monuments and the Park House Museum. This is Amherstburg's Garden of Eden, with gorgeous flower gardens. This park offers countless photo opportunities and an ideal location for weddings!

 


To book areas of the King's Navy Yard Park, call 519-736-5712.
*This is a winter holiday lights location.

 Signature Hosta Garden
Signature Hosta Garden270 Dalhousie, Amherstburg, Ontario

This Signature Hosta Garden is located on the south end of the King's Navy Yard Park.

There are over 200 hosta varieties in this exquisitely marked and documented garden. 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.

 Rhododendron and Azalea Collection
Rhododendrons in King's Navy Yard Park214 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

Amherstburg sign in front of fountain327 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. You just may catch a glimpse of the Town's Inuksuk, a salute to our First Nations ties.

 Austin 'Toddy' Jones Park
Toddy Jones Park50 North Street, Amherstburg, Ontario

This four acre park is situated between Sandwich Street and North Street and has something for the whole family. Cool off at the popular Splash Pad. Open daily from June to Labour Day weekend. Another children's favourite is the inclusive playground. We promise you will love it here!

 

To book the pavilion for gatherings in the park call 519-736-5712.
*This is a winter holiday lights location.

Bill Wigle Park

Bill Wigle Park 84 North Street, Amherstburg, Ontario

This 3.5 acre park located on Laird Avenue and North Street in downtown Amherstburg, houses a lit ball diamond and a travel hardball diamond. Stop by on a spring or summer evening and you are sure to catch an exciting game!
 H. Murray Smith Centennial Park & Ralph McCurdy Track Complex

Centennial Park209 Victoria Street South, Amherstburg, Ontario

With an area of 27 acres, Centennial Park is Amherstburg's largest park. It combines many facilities into one large complex making it a great location for special events and gatherings. The park's amenities include the Lion's Pool, skateboard park, four (4) baseball diamonds, two (2) tennis courts (one is lit), a basketball court, two (2) volleyball courts, playground areas, an all-weather track surface for an active walking experience and a football/soccer field.

With so much to offer, Centennial Park makes for a great afternoon of fun & leisure for the whole family!

This site is home to the Amherstburg Rotary Ribfest.

For Lion's Pool hours call (519) 736-5712.

 Angstrom Park

Angstrom Park Sign968 Front Road North, Amherstburg, Ontario

Located at the intersection of County Road 20 and County Road 10, this 1 acre waterfront park is a great spot for a relaxing picnic by the River. Angstrom Park is connected to Wyandotte Indian Cemetery, one of the last remaining Indian Cemeteries in the area.

 Malden Centre Park

Park sign and baseball diamonds5460 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 (5) baseball diamonds, batting cage, picnic shelter, public washrooms, picnic tables and large playground area. About ten minute drive from downtown Amherstburg, the peaceful atmosphere of the county. 

To rent an area of this park call 519-736-5712.

River Canard Park

canoe on river canard with man's legs9480 County Road 8 or Essex Road 3

A walking trail and two large viewing platforms enhance this unique park. The streamside area of the park has been restored using native prairie species, including beautiful flowers. It is also home to over 25 species of fish in a river that is just about 12 kilometers long.

 Holiday Beach Conservation Area

6952 County Road 50

Holiday Beach is an Ontario Conservation Area. A great inexpensive family get-away for a day.  Over 500 acres on the shore of Lake Erie. More than 90 peaceful, treed campsites including serviced, unserviced and group sites and newly renovated comfort stations.

Hawk Tower at Holiday BeachBring your family to enjoy the beautiful sandy swimming beach, picnic areas with BBQs, playground, 45-foot viewing tower, nature trails and trout pond. This global Important Bird Area boasts spectacular fall migration of hawks, eagles, hummingbirds and dragonflies, just to name a few.

Visit our Festival of Hawks in September for nature hikes, migration talks, family activities, and bird-in-the-hand banding demonstrations. You may even get the opportunity to release a hawk back into the wild!

 

For general inquiries or booking information please visit Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) website.