Fort Malden, formally known as Fort Amherstburg, is a defence fortification located in Amherstburg, Ontario. It was built in 1795 by Britain in order to ensure the security of British North America against any potential threat of American Invasion. Throughout its history, it is most known for its military application during the War of 1812 as Sir Isaac Brock and Tecumseh met here to plan the Siege of Detroit. The Fort also had an important role in securing Upper Canada's border with Detroit during the Upper Canada Rebellion. However, Fort Malden also has rich and diverse history aside from its military applications. For example, it was the setting for the British Pensioner Scheme and would later become an Ontario Provincial Asylum in 1859. After the Asylum was closed, Fort Malden was surveyed and privatized until the mid-nineteenth century. The Historic Designation of the Fort came after several decades of local residents advocating for the preservation of the Fort to the federal government. Officially recognized in 1921, the complex of Fort Malden as it is seen today was brought together in 1946 with the purchase of the Hough House. Today, the Fort remains open and accessible to the public under the supervision of Parks Canada. Visitors are able to see for themselves a wide array of Fort Malden's history as all of the buildings on the complex represent different time periods within that history.

Hours:

10 am - 5 pm
Last admission at 4:15 pm

 

May 19 to June 30, 2018
Wednesday to Sunday

 

July 1st to September 2, 2018
Seven days a week

 

September 5 to October 7, 2018
Wednesday to Sunday

Location:

100 Laird Avenue
Amherstburg ON N9V 2Z2

Phone:

(519) 736-5416

Website:

ont.fort-malden@pc.gc.ca

Cost:

Adult         $3.90

Senior        $3.40

Youth          free

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