Welcome To Amherstburg

Located 30 minutes from Windsor and the Detroit border crossings, Amherstburg is steeped in history, full of charm, and boasts a lovely waterfront setting. 21,500 people call Amherstburg home with good reason! The settlement town dates back to 1796 when Fort Malden was established, which is now a heritage site which can be visited today. Amherstburg offers residents amazing amenities and most importantly, safety, as it ranks in the top 10 safest communities in Canada according to Stats Canada. With countless community events, festivals, parades, and so much more, Amherstburg is a wonderful family-oriented community to consider making your new home.

Quality of Life

“Charm” is the key adjective to describe Amherstburg. From its heritage lamp posts to its street signs, this is a community that shares a common vision for both its residents and businesses. The infrastructure is excellent and its safe reputation makes it an excellent location for families. It’s also been awarded 5 BLOOMS from Communities in Bloom and won the 2015 People’s Choice Award for the best neighbourhood by Great Places in Canada. It’s also home to Canada’s first Miracle League Baseball Diamond and Miracle League Association.

To accompany the town’s rich history, beautiful setting and tonnes of things to do, there are many other amenities which make Amherstburg shine.  There are a wide variety of options for schools including both elementary and secondary Catholic, French Immersion and public.  Plans for a new high school are also in the works.

Board links:

Greater Essex County District School Board (Public)

Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board (Catholic)

Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence (Catholic French)  

Conseil Scolaire Viamonde (Public French)

St. Clair College and the University of Windsor are a 30 minute drive away.  You will also find everything a bigger city has to offer including emergency services, senior services, an active coast guard station, shopping, dining, fully accessible parks, service clubs, festivals and events, and sports teams.

Culture + Things to Do

Amherstburg is one of southwestern Ontario’s oldest settlements; rich in history with several designated heritage sites to explore. The town was named after Lord Jeffrey Amherst, commander of the British forces in America at the time of their arrival in Canada. It’s home to the Fort Malden National Historic Site, Gibson Gallery, King’s Navy Yard Park and the recently acquired historical property, Bellevue House. The town is also home to the Freedom Museum (North American Black Historical Museum) and cultural centre. Amherstburg was a pivotal crossing point from the U.S. for the those freeing slavery through the Underground Railway. Today, Amherstburg has large Italian and French communities. In fact, more than 10% of the town population is able to converse in both of Canada’s official languages.

Families will find no shortage of activities in Amherstburg. Besides restaurants and pubs, there are conservation areas, beaches, trails, wineries, a farmer’s market, and recreational activities for all ages at the Libro Centre including:

Jr. C Hockey
Minor Hockey
Baseball
Outdoor Football/Soccer
Indoor Football/Soccer Field
Walking Track
2 NHL size rinks

Another family destination is in the works with the Verdi club being transformed into a family fun centre with Laser Tag, an arcade, and sporting facilities.

Every weekend boasts something fun in the community including these events and festivals:

Beef in the Burg BBQ
Canada Day fireworks
Ice Cream Festival
Mardi Gras
Rib Fest
Woof-a-Roo Pet Festival
Gone Car Crazy Show
Christmas Parade
River Lights

A quick ferry ride across the Detroit River takes you to beautiful Boblo Island. The site of a former amusement park is experiencing a building boom with new housing developments and condos. It’s a place where families can spend the day, enjoy the beautiful views of the Detroit River, and enjoy a meal.

Real Estate

Affordable housing has made Amherstburg an attractive destination town for everyone from young families to retirees. There are homes for all budgets with the town in steady growth mode as council continues to actively approve new housing developments. Amherstburg offers a variety of home styles to accommodate different lifestyles and stages of life; suburban developments, condos, apartments/townhouses, waterfront homes/cottages and private county estates/acreage properties. The average sale price of a home in 2016 was $267,808.00, up from $229,868 in 2015. But the hot market in Essex County is also sweeping across Amherstburg with housing starts on the rise.

Employment

The majority of people who live in Amherstburg work in Windsor but the town of Amherstburg is growing and is well regarded for its agriculture, wineries, retail shops, and tourism. The unemployment rate is low. The largest percentage of the population is employed in manufacturing, the sales and service sector, followed by trade and transport. Some major employers in the town include international beverage giant Diageo (formerly Seagrams), Windsor Mold Precision Plastics (one of Ontario’s largest full-service suppliers of industrial plastics & thermoplastics), and Honeywell Performance Materials & Technology. As is the case across the county, skilled trades are in high demand especially in the construction sector. If you’re thinking of starting a business, this is something to consider: the average household income in Amherstburg is estimated to be approximately 16% above the national average. Close to a third of all Amherstburg households have a family income of more than $100,000 per year.

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