Parks Canada

In the Spotlight // Parks Canada, Fort Malden Historic Site

Bastion of the Detroit River – For 200 years, fortifications at Fort Malden have witnessed and participated in the struggles which helped forge a new nation out of the North American wilderness. An army garrison, British Indian Department post, dockyard for the Upper Great Lakes and the meeting place for Chief Tecumseh and British General Brock – the fort has been all these.

The first post known as Fort Amherstburg constructed in 1796 near the mouth of the Detroit River where it empties into Lake Erie. This post was the headquarters for the British forces in southwestern Upper Canada during the War of 1812. Fort Malden was erected after the war and reinforced in 1838-40 after it served once again as a centre for the British defense during the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837-38.

Today, Fort Malden preserves elements of the second fort built by the British on the eastern bank of the Detoit River to defend the Canadian border from American attack in the first half of the 19th century.

Real and inspiring possibilities await you as you enter Fort Malden National Historic Site. Whether you are looking to take in the beautiful scenery along the Detroit River or venturing into the fort for an authentic 19th century experience, we have something for everyone.