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Fort George National Historic Site
Built around 1800, Fort George served as the headquarters for the British Army during the War of 1812, saw action during the Battle of Queenston Heights, was destroyed and captured by the Americans during the Battle of Fort George, and was reclaimed by the British 7 months later.
Visit Fort George and step back in time to experience the fortification as it was during the War of 1812. Tour the Blockhouses, Officers' Quarters, Artificers Shop and Guard House. Visit the powder magazine, which is the only building to have survived the Battle of Fort George and is the oldest military building in Ontario today! Experience the sounds of the Fife and Drum Corps, witness the training manoeuvres of the 41st Regiment Infantry unit, taste food cooked 19th century-style over a kitchen’s open flame, witness soldiers in redcoats fire muskets during artillery demonstrations then fire a musket yourself!
Special Events throughout the year include:
Fort George in the Great War: Displays and demonstrations honouring those who fought in the war. June 25 & 26, 2016
Celebrate Canada Day: Musket demonstrations, cannon firing, a fantastic concert and fireworks display! Free. Friday, July 1, 2016. 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Fort George Celtic Festival: Celtic Dancing, a cheer tent, a kid’s zone, individual Pipe Band performances and the “Mass Band”! Saturday, July 9, 2016
Sense & Sensibility: A Barton Cottage Social: Celebrating Jane Austen’s novel, Sense & Sensibility! Thursday, August 4. 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Fife & Drum Muster & Soldiers’ Field Day: Weekend-long event is packed with firepower demonstrations, music and entertainment. August 13 & 14, 2016
Echoes of Niagara’s Past: A Military Timeline Event: Interpreters, animators and veterans display uniforms, weaponry and vehicles from the War of 1812, the First World War, Second World War and other historic time periods. August 27 & 28, 2016
Click here to see the full list of events happening at Fort George.
Don’t miss a visit to some of the Nearby National Historic Sites including:
Fort Malden National Historic Site:
The location of an historic meeting between Major General Sir Isaac Brock and Shawnee Chief Tecumseh, the British stronghold on the Detroit frontier during the War of 1812 and the Rebellions of 1837-38, and the site of the longest American occupation on Canadian soil, Fort Malden National Historic Site, in Amherstburg, Ontario opens a fascinating doorway into Canada’s early military history.
HMCS Haida National Historic Site:
Canada’s proud history of wartime naval service is vividly on display aboard legendary HMCS Haida, a Tribal class destroyer that served in the Second World War, the Korean Conflict and the Cold War. Distinguishing herself in several historic battles, the Royal Canadian Navy’s most famous ship now proudly rests in Hamilton’s beautifully revived Bayfront Park. Explore its historic decks and imagine yourself as a crew member of the destroyer dubbed ‘Canada’s most fightingest ship’.
Woodside National Historic Site:
Explore Canada’s history at Woodside National Historic Site, in Kitchener, Ontario, the boyhood home of William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada's tenth, and longest-serving Prime Minister. This lovingly preserved Victorian home, filled with King family heirlooms and period reproductions, and set on 11.5 acres of mature forest, is a portal to the Victorian era in Canada.
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- Hours of Operation : May - October: Open daily, 10:00 am - 5:00pm
November: Open weekends, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
December - March: Open weekends, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
April: Open weekends, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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