Fort Malden, facing the Detroit River, served as the frontier fortification against American incursions in the War of 1812. It was then re-established when troops were required to push back against rebels and their American sympathizers in the 1838 rebellion.
It is a national historic site featuring interpretative displays, costumed guides and musket firing . Close by, the Amherstburg Navy Yard National Historic Site, known as Navy Yard Park, was a former British Navy yard evacuated by the Royal Navy in 1813. For almost 20 years, the yard produced vessels ranging from small, open bateaux, to full-sized, three-masted, ship-rigged men-of-war. Today the site features no visible remains but is marked by a four-sided monument featuring four brass Historic Sites and Monument plaques.
From Fort Malden, take Hwy 3 to Leamington, the tomato capital of Canada. The surrounding area here is known for large greenhouse operations. A 90-minute ferry service to Pelee island leaves from the historic dock where the remains of a lighthouse stand at the tip of the spit. Biking and hiking are popular here. Leamington is the entrance point to Point Pelee National Park. Known as the “100 Mile Peninsula”, Point Pelee is the most southerly point in Canada. Continue on to Wheatley, home to the most productive commercial fishery of all the Great Lakes. Follow the Talbot Trail lakeside. Rondeau Provincial Park has 11km of sandy beaches and is renowned as a bird-watching destination in the Springtime, attracting birdwatchers from across North America.
Port Stanley is famed for a short-line tourist train re- established on the roadbed of the London & Port Stanley Railway. PSTR operates five diesel-electric locomotives from the 1940s along with nine colourful passenger cars during a one-hour train ride. It was one of the first railroads built in Ontario, starting in 1856
End today in St Thomas, home to the North America Railway Hall of Fame. Box car murals are featured at Elgin County Railway Museum.
Where to Camp: Dalewood Conservation Area, Port Burwell Provincial Park, Long Point Provincial Park