All Aboard to Bob-Lo Island
From its humble beginnings as Native American farming land in the early 18th century to a British controlled army base during the War of 1812, Bob-Lo Island has been subject to the changes brought on by generations of families, private business owners, and companies wanting a piece of the beautiful 272-acre stretch of land on the southern region of the Detroit River. Contrary to popular belief, the island is actually a part of Canada rather than the United States. Bob-Lo, or “Bois Blanc” (French for ‘white wood’), was officially established as a recreational facility in 1898 after being purchased by the Detroit, Belle Isle, and Windsor Ferry Company the previous year. Unexpectedly, Bob-Lo Island Park would become a sacred part of Detroit and Essex County history and culture.