Windsor in Essex County, Ontario — Central Canada
The Detroit River
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
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. Touch 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 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.). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Windsor.
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