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.

Getting here

370 Vankoughnet Street
Prescott ON K0E 1T0

Hours of operation

Canada Day (July 1st) to Labour Day (Sept. 4th)
Open daily, including statutory holidays
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Complete schedule
Open all year round for school groups upon reservation

Fees

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
Email: ont-wellington@pc.gc.ca

Sites nearby

  • Battle of the Windmill National Historic Site

    Visit the Battle of the Windmill National Historic site to see one of Canada’s most historically significant windmills, and learn how British redcoat and Canadian loyalists waged a battle to protect Upper Canada from invaders.

  • Thousand Islands National Park

    Granite islands speckle the St. Lawrence River in a transition zone between Canadian Shield and Adirondack Mountains. Explore by boating, paddling, or hiking. Awesome Thousand Islands National Park awaits, a few hours from Toronto or Montreal.

  • Bellevue House National Historic Site

    Follow staff in period costume on a tour of Bellevue House. Hear stories about Canada’s first prime minister, who made history here in the 1840s. Feel a Lake Ontario breeze in an heirloom garden. 

  • Laurier House National Historic Site

    Two of Canada’s most important Prime Ministers, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the Rt. Hon. William Lyon Mackenzie King, resided in this Victorian Ottawa mansion where they entertained dignitaries and politicians while often conducting the nation’s business.