Soldiers in redcoats fire muskets, clouding the air with black powder smoke. Fifers’ and Drummers’ tunes drift past blockhouses, a historic powder magazine and cannons on the lookout. Step straight from the genteel Victorian town of Niagara-on-the-Lake into the War of 1812 at Fort George, a military post that defended Upper Canada against American attacks. Experience that era by tasting food cooked 19th century-style over an open flame, then fire a musket yourself!

Featured things to do

Celebrate Canada Day

Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday at Fort George National Historic Site! Listen to period music, support the Friends of Fort George BBQ, don’t miss our captivating musket demonstrations and cannon firings! Canada Day festivities at the fort conclude with a fantastic concert and fireworks display!

Battle of Fort George

Join us as we commemorate 204th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort George. Re-enactors from all over North America will descend upon Fort George as they re-enact one of the pivotal events in Niagara during the War of 1812.

Witness the blast of a musket demonstration or dress in uniform, load and fire one yourself.

Watch redcoat-clad soldiers load and fire muskets at Fort George National Historic Site, or take part in Hands on History, dressing in uniform and firing the Brown Bess musket yourself.

Parks Canada's site nearby

  • Fort Mississauga National Historic Site

    Completed after the War of 1812, the fort and its central tower were located at a strategic position at the mouth of the Niagara River to protect the British/Canadian side of the Niagara frontier and to serve as a counterpoise to Fort Niagara.

  • Queenston Heights National Historic Site

    Canada’s second smallest but most diverse national park, Point Pelee’s forest hosts diverse habitats that provide a sanctuary for plants and animals rarely found elsewhere in the country and the nature lovers who enjoy it.

  • Butler's Barracks National Historic Site

    Butler’s Barracks is a historic military complex comprised of five wooden buildings located at the edge of the Commons behind the Fort George National Historic Site in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

  • HMCS Haida National Historic Site

    Commissioned in August 1943, HMCS Haida served for an impressive 20 years in times of war and peace. Today, Canada’s most famous warship rests in Hamilton’s Bayfront Park, where you can explore her historic decks.

  • Woodside National Historic Site

    Come to Kitchener, Ontario to visit Woodside National Historic Site, the boyhood home of William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada's longest-serving Prime Minister. View authentic King family artifacts and gain an understanding of Victorian family traditions.

Hours of operation

May 1 to October 31
Every day

Nov 1 to April 30
Weekends only

Complete schedule

Fees

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

Contact us

Telephone: 905-468-6614
Email: ont-niagara@pc.gc.ca