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Experiences to discover

‘Hands on History’ at Fort George

Have you ever wondered what it is like to fire a musket from the War of 1812? ‘Hands on History’ is a once in a lifetime opportunity to dress as a soldier and actually fire a musket. Hear the bang, feel the recoil, smell the smoke, a truly awesome experience.

  • Wear an authentic soldier’s uniform coat and hat
  • Learn about the weapons of the army of 1812
  • Fire a musket, the same used by British soldiers 200 years ago
  • A photograph like no other
  • Memories for a lifetime

*Hands on History is available every weekend throughout June at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, and regularly throughout the week in July and August. Fire two shots for $22.00 (in addition to regular admission fees).

1812 British soldiers firing muskets
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Fort George Xplorer Program

Family fun! Explore and investigate. Our Xplorer program provides a free keepsake colour booklet of activities that encourage your kids to experience Fort George in a fun interactive way.

Kids can:

  • Dress up like a soldier
  • Play with historic games and toys
  • Watch a musket firing and solve the puzzle
  • See another country
  • Explore the Fort’s scary and sunny spots
  • Interact with staff in historic clothing.

Kids get an official Xplorer Certificate and keepsake when they complete 5 of the 13 activities. Come be an Xplorer – today!

Kids exploring Fort George
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What to see and do!

April & November:

Open 10 am - 5 pm, weekends only

  • Explore the fort at your leisure
  • Eight meticulously restored buildings
  • Friendly and well informed staff in costume offer insights into the history and life of the garrison 200 years ago
  • Education programmes and group tours available by appointment
  • Musket demonstrations
  • Gift shop
May, June, September & October:

Open 10 am - 5 pm, seven days a week

  • Explore the fort at your leisure
  • Friendly and well informed staff in costume offer insights into the history and life of the garrison 200 years ago
  • Regular musket demonstrations
  • Education programmes and group tours available by appointment
  • Orientation film available
  • Gift shop
July & August:

Open 10 am - 5 pm, seven days a week

  • Explore the fort at your leisure
  • Friendly and well informed staff and volunteers in costume offer a variety of scheduled programmes on the history of the fort, the War of 1812, offer insights into life of a garrison, and bring the fort to life
  • Regular military, musket and artillery demonstrations
  • Regular military music demonstrations
  • Education programmes and group tours available by appointment
  • Orientation film available
  • Gift shop
  • For additional information on special events see our special events listing
December - March:

Open 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, weekends only

  • Explore the fort at your leisure
  • Friendly and well informed staff in costume offer insights into the history and life of the garrison 200 years ago
  • Education programmes and group tours available by appointment
  • Musket demonstrations
  • Gift shop

Special Events