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Backus Heritage Conservation Area

#2 of 11 things to do in Port Rowan Features Animals
Rural Route 1, Port Rowan, Ontario N0E 1M0, Canada
+1 519-586-2201
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History at it's finest.

There is something for everyone at Backus. There are many different events that take place over... read more

Reviewed 19 January 2017
Jodie P
Port Rowan, Canada
War of 1812 Re-Enactment - Backus Heritage Conservation Area

The War of 1812 Re-Enactment is held in early September, this is a must see. Great for those... read more

Reviewed 21 November 2016
Port Rowan
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Rural Route 1, Port Rowan, Ontario N0E 1M0, Canada
+1 519-586-2201
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

There is something for everyone at Backus. There are many different events that take place over the year and it's great for a family day away.

Thank Jodie P
Reviewed 21 November 2016

The War of 1812 Re-Enactment is held in early September, this is a must see. Great for those attending to learn more about this historic battle. Period costumes are worn, there is a doctor dressed in the attire of the day and will show you...More

Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

We stayed two nights in one of the two cabins in the campground area of Backus. Very clean place with friendly staff. Be aware that the cabin comes with no mattresses although it sleeps 6. Bring your own air mattress. Washroom was in a separate...More

Thank 251ceh
Reviewed 29 August 2016

We arrived well before noon on Sunday Aug 28th for day 2 of the Bluegrass Jamboree (advertised hours 10-2), only to find no music which was greatly disappointing. Garrett (?) at the mill was the only interpreter in period dress. He was excellent at explaining...More

Thank Vi0letSky
Reviewed 24 August 2016

There is so many great things to see and do at Backus! They offer: - camping (seasonal, over night and cabins) - fishing in the stocked mill pond - heritage village - conservation education centre - swimming pool - trails - events every weekend -...More

Thank backusbre
Reviewed 11 August 2016

Backus Heritage Conservation Area is a conservation area in Norfolk County near Port Rowan featuring a campground (160 sites over five campgrounds), the Backhouse Mill, an education centre, and a heritage village. Backhouse Mill is a water powered gristmill built in 1798 notable for surviving...More

1  Thank burr6013
Reviewed 24 July 2016

We spent a weekend tent camping at this park. It was a fairly clean and organized park, with some shady sites, though none that seemed very private. It would have been a more satisfactory experience had it not been for the couple next to us...More

Thank mararedhead
Reviewed 18 July 2016

I hadn't heard of this place before searching for things to do around Long Point, and am glad I stopped by! Being a history buff, I loved seeing period buildings and other artefacts. In addition to the mill are a two-story home, two smaller homes,...More

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 5 July 2016

Built in the last years of the 18th Century, Backus Mill is unique to Western Ontario. It still has functioning machinery, all powered by a water-wheel, exactly as it was and worked for 150 years! The Mill Pond is stocked with trout for youngsters to...More

Thank Ron39X2
Reviewed 30 June 2016

This is the only place I know of that has a rich history of pirates on the great lakes, rum running during the days of prohibition, and tales of shipwrecks and stormy night shipwreck rescues, not to mention the battles during 1812 when American forces...More

2  Thank womanscout2002
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Maziar M
Are the staff strict about number of tents?
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