City of Windsor Commemorates Hiram Walker’s 200th Birthday

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Media Advisory

Windsor, ON – On Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 1:00 PM, Mayor Drew Dilkens will be joined by representatives from the Walkerville BIA at the Walkerville Brewery, 525 Argyle Road, Windsor, ON., to make a special announcement related to the commemoration of Hiram Walker’s 200th birthday, and his significance to the history of the City of Windsor. The event will include a Toast to Hiram Walker. 

This year – specifically July 4, 2016 – marks the anniversary of the 200th birthday of Hiram Walker. City Council has proclaimed the day “Hiram Walker Day” to celebrate the birth of one of Windsor’s most significant contributors, and the head of a family with a name so deeply entrenched in Windsor that it touches facets of architecture, history, industry, neighbourhoods and pop culture.

“The City of Windsor has a tradition of celebrating its rich history and heritage, and highlighting the stories that make our City so unique,” says Mayor Drew Dilkens. “From building his Distillery on the Windsor banks of the Detroit River, to establishing the surrounding neighbourhood that would become known as Walkerville, Hiram Walker made a name for himself, and left a lasting legacy through his career, his charitable donations, and his dedication to this area.”

In addition to the special announcement Saturday at the Walkerville Brewery, the following activities are planned as part of the commemoration:

“Hiram Walker 200” Temporary Exhibit – Museum Windsor’s Chimczuk Museum has partnered with The Canadian Club Brand Centre and The Walkerville Times to present “Hiram Walker 200” – a temporary exhibit that tells some of the Hiram Walker story through photographs and artifacts from the industrialist’s personal and professional life. The exhibit will run from July 1 to August 31, 2016, and is accessible during regular operating hours when you purchase admission to the Chimczuk Museum. In honour of the exhibit launch and Canada Day, the Chimczuk Museum will offer FREE ADMISSION on Friday, July 1, 2016.

Walkerville Community Event: The Walkerville BIA, working with its partners and stakeholders, presents a two-day celebration of the town founders’ life on Friday, July 1, 2016 and Saturday, July 2, 2016. From street closures, extended patios and the annual Canada Day Parade; to tours of the Canadian Club Brand Centre and Willistead Manor, the weekend is jam-packed with ways for guests of all ages to celebrate Hiram Walker. Full event details can be found at the Walkerville BIA Facebook page.

For more information:
Chimczuk Museum –
Visit Walkerville –


Media contacts:

Christopher Menard
Communications + Events Coordinator
Office of the Mayor
C: 519-567-3182

Craig Capacchione
Museum Coordinator, Education
Museum Windsor
P: 519-253-1812