First built during the War of 1812 to defend the St. Lawrence River shipping route from attack by the United States, Fort Wellington also helped thwart another American invasion during the 1837-38 Upper and Lower Canada rebellions. Explore the wreck of an 1812-era gunboat, try on a costume and take part in military drill, witness a cannon firing, savour period treats cooked over an open fire, or play games from long ago.

Featured things to do

Whisky tasting event

Find your rations and lift your spirits at this special event at Fort Wellington National Historic Site with just a wee dram Scotch Whisky seminars.

Fort kids

In summer Fort Wellington offers junior time travellers the chance to the experience life here. The popular fort kids program encourages imagination, historical discovery and adventure.

Cannon program!

Enlist in the Royal Artillery for a day! Recruits will spend their time training to be a member of the cannon crew.

The Rideau Canal in Ottawa and the lockage permit

Your free pass to discovery

Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary at Parks Canada’s historic canals.

Get your free 2017 seasonal lockage permit

Canada 150

Hours of operation

Closed for the winter
Complete schedule
Open all year round for school groups upon reservation


Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 613-925-2896
Toll-free: 1-888-773-8888
Fax: 613-925-1536