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Windsor in Essex County, Ontario — Central Canada
 

The Detroit River

 
 
The Detroit River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 9, 2010
1. The Detroit River Marker
Inscription. The Detroit River is unique in Canada, the United States and indeed, the world. Its shores embrace the largest metropolitan area on any international border - but rather than separating communities, the river connects them culturally and economically.

Archaeological finds date First Nations communities at the river as early as 400 A.D. while French settlers reached the area by the mid-1600's. The river and its watersheds represent the history of North America in a way that is not duplicated anywhere else. Local communities, major industries, and both Canada and the United States owe their development, in part, to the Detroit River and the people who took advantage of its potential. The river was the site of major battles, was the first permanent agricultural community in Ontario, and a terminus of the Underground Railway.

Today, the Detroit River is one of the premier boating areas in North America, with more than 12,000 marina slips. The riverfront offers extensive park systems, outstanding recreational opportunities and historic sites, bird watching, canoeing and one of the finest urban fisheries in North America. This 51 kilometre waterway is the busiest international border crossing point in North America and a key transportation route in the Great Lakes system. It is the only major Canadian river and watershed
The Detroit River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 9, 2010
2. The Detroit River Marker
View looking south of historical marker in downtown riverside park.
that lies completely within the Carolinian zone, featuring diverse ecosystems and rare species found nowhere else in this country.

Honoured as an American Heritage River in 1998, the Detroit is the first river with dual designations. Designation of the Detroit as a Canadian Heritage River encourages binational cooperation in its wise management and environmental restoration and is a testament to its significance as a national treasure.
 
Erected 2001 by The Canadian Heritage Rivers System.
 
Location. 42° 19.189′ N, 83° 2.514′ W. Marker is in Windsor, Ontario, in Essex County. Marker can be reached from Riverside Drive West north of Ferry Street. Click for map. This historical marker is located in a downtown riverside community park, on the south side of the Detroit River. Marker is in this post office area: Windsor, Ontario N9A 6T3, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. French Settlement on the South Shore (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Rt. Hon. Herb Gray, PC., C.C., Q.C. (about 120 meters away); The Francois Baby House (about 150 meters away); The Battle of Windsor - 1838 (about 180 meters away); The Great Western Railway
The Detroit River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 9, 2010
3. The Detroit River Marker
View looking southeast of historical marker with downtown Windsor business district in background.
(approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Original Home of Major F.A. Tilston V.C. Armoury (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The Underground Railroad in Canada (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Detroit River Heritage (approx. 0.8 kilometers away in the U.S.). Click for a list of all markers in Windsor.
 
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The Detroit River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 9, 2010
4. The Detroit River Marker
View looking east of historic marker, showing parking area adjacent to marker, and Detroit River just north of the historic marker and parking area.
The Detroit River and the City of Detroit as Viewed from Windsor Canada image. Click for full size.
By R. C., May 4, 2011
5. The Detroit River and the City of Detroit as Viewed from Windsor Canada
The Canadians feel that Detroit is a beautiful city when viewed from Canada.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 914 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   5. submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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