This region has a fascinating history: Amherstburg was founded in the late 18th century as a British military fort, while Harrow was established thanks to Hiram Walker (the man behind Canadian Club whisky) building a grain railroad in the 19th century, and Colchester was settled by Europeans in the 18th century as United Empire Loyalists fled from the newly independent United States. Fort Malden National Historic Site is a particularly interesting local landmark: it played a role in the War of 1812 and in the 1837 rebellion in Upper Canada, and is the site of the longest-ever American occupation in Canada.
What does this history mean for 21st century residents? Well, in addition to being fascinating, Amherstburg, Harrow and Colchester’s historical roots mean that the region has many old character homes built in styles that are rarely seen today. Those who live in quickly developing cities often end up in bland, cookie-cutter condos that are indistinguishable from one another. In this region, however, your mortgage can get you a range of options: a cute cottage with character, a large family home with an expansive yard, or a more modest dwelling for a single occupant. This area is home to new developments, classic character houses and recent renovations, so whatever your taste, the region is a great choice for you.
Whether you’re entering the region with a cottage mortgage for your holiday home or you’re planning to live here full-time, you’ll love the community here in Amherstburg, Harrow or Colchester. You’ll get a taste of small-town life while still having proximity to cities, and you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of nature. This is the region where the Detroit River feeds into Lake Erie, meaning that you’ll be able to find a waterfront property or a home that’s close to parks and trails. Many of the homes in the area have several bedrooms in addition to outdoor space, making it the perfect place to raise a family or grow old.