Windsor Essex Canada 150 Celebrations

With Glowing Hearts, Windsor Essex Joins The Country With Canada 150 Celebrations

With Glowing Hearts, Windsor Essex Joins The Country With Canada 150 Celebrations

Across the country, Canadians are celebrating our nation’s 150th birthday, and luckily for local residents, there’s no shortage of ways to commemorate Canada 150 in Windsor Essex!

Gordon Orr, Chief Executive Officer for Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, informs Biz X that all the towns and municipalities in the region are seizing this opportunity to celebrate and commemorate Canada 150, in an effort to evoke that pride of place and country we all know, appreciate and love.

We have much to be grateful for as a nation and as a community,” states Orr.

TWEPI recently launched a website to create a regional hub that promotes events related to this milestone celebration, along with the hashtag #WE150 for social media.

This hub promotes signature events in banner ads searchable by event or by community in an effort to draw more attention to what the municipalities and towns across the region have in store for the visitors to enjoy and experience,” explains Orr.

Part of the website is also dedicated to recognizing the storied past of Windsor-Essex and its role in the automotive industry, black history, War of 1812, and prohibition all rich aspects of Canadian history.

Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations can be found right here in our community, asserts Orr.

The party is being brought right to you no need to travel further than your own backyard’ to celebrate this milestone birthday for our great country and province,” Orr says. “It is a time to underscore the importance of our freedom and this year-long celebration gives us pause to do so. It is a festive occasion and needs to be celebrated with your family, friends and neighbours.”

Read on to discover the different ways and dates, throughout this summer, each local municipality is celebrating this national milestone birthday across Windsor Essex!


Celebrations in Amherstburg kick off July 1 at the Fort Malden National Historic Site with the “Ice Cream Festival.”

This traditional event is loads of family fun all day long, (also) with the popular night-time fireworks display along the Detroit River,” says Anne Rota, Manager of Tourism and Culture for the Town of Amherstburg.

This year’s Canada D’Eh  5K Run/Walk by Running Flat in Amherstburg has a special Canada 150 tie-in. All finishers receive a maple leaf medal along with a Canada D’Eh shirt, which sports the official Canada 150 logo on the back. The route goes through historic Amherstburg, from Fort Malden up Laird Avenue, around Toddy Jones Park, down Dalhousie Street and back. 

Also on Canada Day, at Fort Malden at 2 p.m., Amherstburg is honouring 150 residents with a medal of distinction for outstanding service or contributions to their community.

The town’s main signature event, above and beyond Canada Day, is the “Canuck It Up! Festival Canadiana” on August 5 and 6. The event takes place along the waterfront and in the downtown core.

A huge street party is the best way to describe it,” exclaims Rota. “Everything you can imagine Canadian!”

General Amherst art students, in partnership with the Amherstburg Tourism and Culture Department, will “Canuck up” the hydrants in downtown Amherstburg. Each hydrant will be painted in Canada 150-themed artwork inspired by iconic Canadian images in time for the “Canuck It Up! Festival Canadiana.”

The main attraction, however, is the world’s largest rubber duck that weighs 1,250 pounds and is 61 feet high.

It’s taller than some buildings,” notes Rota. It will be docked at the corner of Richmond and Dalhousie for the entire festival, for amazing picture opportunities.

Also docked at the waterfront will be the Tall Ship Appledore V, where you can take a deck tour presented by the Fort Malden National Historic Site.

Rota adds, “The very cool and fun West Coast Lumberjack Show and Rhythm of the Nation have scheduled shows throughout the event. And a Just Ducky’ Kids Zone entertains the kiddies, while a farmers’ market, downtown restaurants and a food court are gearing up to serve Canadian treats!”

The event also includes foot and ship battle re-enactments and period activities. Live performances wrap up the day with a big band concert at King’s Navy Yard Park.

Entry is free to the “Canuck It Up! Festival Canadiana” and a small fee applies to Fort Malden’s special event. Find details with event times and an activity schedule online.

Rota says that Amherstburg is one of the oldest and prettiest towns in Southwestern Ontario, with history dating back earlier than the War of 1812. The actions, which took place at Fort Malden and other areas of the town, were pivotal in the destiny of Canada as a nation.

Amherstburg’s history is part of what makes Canada what it is today a free and an amazing nation,” states Rota.

Amherstburg is known for its quality events, being a walkable community with lots of parks, waterfront views, gardens, and open space with amazing venues perfect for celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday.

Canada 150 is a once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate a milestone in Canada’s history, and it’s about creating memories of family, fun, unity and what makes living in Canada so special,” Rota comments. “Canadians are very inclusive and love to celebrate good times. Canada 150 is a great reason to do just that!”


To celebrate Canada 150, the Town of Essex is holding a one-day event on Saturday, July 29 called “Get Your Red & White ON.” It takes place 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Colchester Park and commemorates both Canada 150 and Colchester’s 225th birthday.

This family-friendly, public celebration aims to build awareness about Colchester’s early contributions to Canada and includes children’s activities, musical entertainment, beach volleyball tournament, a heritage plaque unveiling, and a spectacular display of fireworks over Lake Erie at nightfall,” describes Laurie Brett, Communications Manager for the Town of Essex.

Music headliners are the Celtic rock band, The Mudmen. This community celebration and commemorative event aims to connect participants to the historical and cultural roots of Colchester, the oldest English settlement in Upper Canada south of the Niagara region, she adds.

Colchester is also the southernmost inhabited community on mainland Canada, positioned on and below the 42nd parallel along the vibrant Lake Erie North Shore wine route,” explains Brett.

Brett notes that this year is an historically important year as we celebrate Confederation and all the events and people who helped to build our nation. She also says that it’s important to celebrate all the historic moments that took place in Ontario which is also celebrating 150 years as well as the community of Colchester which is celebrating 225 years.

Confederation brought us together as a fledgling nation, but Canada’s origins are rooted much earlier in time than 1867, and Colchester, as an early settlement area of Upper Canada, is testament to the struggles and hardships of those pioneer days,” says Brett. “It is important that we celebrate all aspects of our rich history. It’s equally important that we view our future with great optimism. Canada’s 150 is an opportune time to remember the past, but it’s also the perfect time to pave the way to a greater future.”

Sylene Argent, Coordinator for the Essex Centre BIA, adds that Essex’s “20th annual Classic Car Show” on July 8 has Canadian elements in celebration of the nation’s 150th birthday.

As part of the giveaways, we raffle two prizes of $150 worth of Essex Centre Downtown Dollars a numerical value chosen in celebration of our nation’s anniversary,” Argent mentions. “We are also encouraging our businesses to hang Canadian flags the BIA is purchasing, to celebrate the sesquicentennial during the car show. Our commemorative dash plaques also have an element of Canadian pride.”

The “Classic Car Show” and sidewalk sales take place along Talbot Street in Essex from noon to 4 p.m. on July 8.

On average, the event attracts around 300 vehicles of all different makes and models, according to Argent.

Putting a Canadian-themed twist on local events is a great way for us all to come together to celebrate community and national pride,” states Argent. Visit online for the latest details.


Maggie Durocher, Manager of the Programs, Parks and Recreation Department for the Corporation of the Town of Kingsville, lists a full day of activities planned for Canada Day to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday this year.

Held at the Kingsville Arena, 1741 Jasperson Lane, families can enjoy a day of fun, taking part in: a Scouts BBQ from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; cake cutting at noon; Mad Science Shows noon and 2 p.m.; ACCESS Character Meet and Greet noon to 3 p.m.; horse drawn carriage rides 1 to 4 p.m.; Fantasy Express Train Rides 1 to 4 p.m.; Balloon Twist Artist noon to 3 p.m.; Magic of Wayne Tellier 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.; Border City Barkers Agility Show 1 p.m. and a Stilt Walker 1 to 3 p.m.

It’s a great free community event that enables all residents to share in Canada’s 150 birthday celebration,” comments Durocher. “It is a celebration of a national nature that ties us all together, and it is a moment to reflect, on a personal and municipal level, on the importance and the privilege that it truly is to be Canadian.”

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