Visitors have the impression of being on board a craft on the river.
Positioned overlooking the river, visitors will walk an inclined boardwalk to reach this unique area. Words cut into the boardwalk planking or railing hint at the river’s role in the retreat and the battle, and at the river’s importance to life in general in earlier days in this region. The construction of the view platform resembles a ship’s keel and frame, so that visitors have the impression of being on board a craft on the river.
The platform railing is a custom cast steel topographical illustration of the Thames River, stretched from the headwaters to Lake St. Clair. Along this line are presented place names from historic Upper Canada as well as modern day towns and villages. Graphics situated along either side of the map interpret the retreat along the river (its role in the military movement of the day) as well as the current and past life of the river (cultural and natural).
The footings for the overlook will be positioned at the top of the slope, to minimize disturbance of the sensitive bank area, and the deck will be cantilevered out above the vegetated shoreline. The intent of this overlook is to afford visitors a low-impact vista of the river, while preserving the sensitive slope. The overlook will provide visual access to the river, as no formal trail or boat launch will be available.
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