Amherstburg’s King’s Navy Yard Park, River Lights Festival Win Best Of Windsor Essex Awards

Amherstburg’s King’s Navy Yard Park and the Town’s River Lights Festival, which provided light and hope in the midst of a pandemic winter, were each named winners Wednesday in the Best of Windsor-Essex awards presented by Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island.

A River Lights Festival sign and King's Navy Yard Park in a split photo

It was déjà vu all over again for Navy Yard Park, which was voted the Best Park or Garden in Windsor-Essex, an award it won last year and the year prior.

The park is a jewel and will be even more spectacular when we extend it onto the Duffy’s property. Thank you to the Town’s Parks department for everything you do to make it so special and memorable, and thanks as well to volunteers and groups like the Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society.

When other light shows in Windsor-Essex shut down this winter, a reimagined River Lights went ahead safely over a large geographic area covering two parks. Patrons wore masks. River Lights was a smashing success, providing festive joy to thousands of people, and was named Best Adapted Event.

Other Amherstburg gems took home top honours in the 6th annual edition of the online contest, which saw a record 13,742 votes cast between February 18 and March 7.

Fort Malden and the Wolfhead Distillery sign

Fort Malden National Historic Site won the Best Museum or Heritage Space category, an award it won last year. Wolfhead Distillery in McGregor won the Best Art of the Cocktail category and Best Pizza Pie went to Armando’s.

Each winner will receive a plaque, a letter of congratulations, a profile and landing spot on and be included in TWEPI’s 2021/22 Official Visitor Guide.

Amherstburg events and establishments were nominated in more than 20 categories!

A Welcome garden in King's Navy Yard Park with a ship on the river in the background

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