Why Was the River Designated?
The Canadian portion of the Detroit River was designated to the CHRS in 2001. It is also designated as an American Heritage River – the only North American river with dual designation. The designation is based on the cultural history of the river and its watershed. This history dates back to the First Nations of the area as long ago as 400 A.D., and includes the site of major battles in the War of 1812, the first permanent agricultural community in Ontario, and the river’s connection to the the Underground Railway. The river’s recreational values are also recognized in the designation.