Amherstview, the largest community in Loyalist Township, is named for its view of Amherst Island, located directly to the south across the Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario. When the community was first established in the 1950s, the spelling was generally "Amherst View".
The community is the eastern gates of the Loyalist Parkway, a stretch of Highway 33 that travels along Lake Ontario, in an area in which many United Empire Loyalists settled. Amherstview's roots are visible today as homes from the late 18th Century and early 19th Century can be seen along the King’s Highway #33. The Joshua Booth house at 4423 Bath Road, the Mathias Rose House and William Fairfield Sr.’s house, which was constructed in 1793, stand in the shadows of the Eastern Gates of the Parkway and is now a museum offering guided tours.
In 1984 on the 200th Anniversary of the settling of the area, Queen Elizabeth II opened the Eastern Gates of the Loyalist Parkway. The Gates commemorate the United Empire Loyalist settling of the area starting in 1784.
Today the Parkway that runs along Highway 33 between Amherstview and Quinte West stands in honour of the sacrifices made by settlers that would help forge the foundation of our Country.
Fairfield White House
4574 Bath Road, Amherstview, ON
On the waterfront, adjacent to the Gates, is the Fairfield-White House, left by bequest to Ontario in 1959 by Elizabeth Fairfield. It is reputedly the best preserved 18th century house in the Province. This property was recently passed to Loyalist Township by the Ontario Government and the St. Lawrence Parkway Commission. It is open for guided tours in summer and on special occasions. On the grounds are parking, seasonal tourist information and picnic accommodation at the shore.
4976 Bath Rd, Odessa, ON K0H 2H0
As we move west along the parkway we come to what was once the famous floating bridge at Parrott’s Bay, named after Lt. James Parrot of Jessup’s Loyal Rangers. Parrot had served in Roger's Rangers in the 7 Yrs War, and joined Jessup in Montreal in early 1777. He served through the duration of the Revolutionary War in 1783 and settled in Ernesttown in 1784. The bridge allowed travellers to cross the bay easily.
Between the road and the lake there is a rest area where you can park and visit the historic plaque for Madeleine de Roybon d’Allone. She was the first European woman to own land in Ontario.
Further on, near a small church is a plaque commemorating the birthplace of Colonel Eddie Baker, founder of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.
5510 Bath Rd, Bath, ON K0H 1G0
The Millhaven Inn was built in 1795. Also known as the Losee Inn, it served as the political hub of the region. If there was an important meeting, rally or gathering, it would be hosted at the inn. Visited by heads of government including the Prime Ministers in later years.