Common menu bar links

Special Events 2015

August

Emma's Box Hill Picnic
August 6

Join the Friends of Fort George for a picnic party, celebrating Jane Austen's Emma, now in its 200th year of print! Emma's Box Hill Picnic will take place at Navy Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. This Regency evening will recreate the Box Hill Picnic, and include tea and treats, music, games and more. Cost: $20 per person.

Call the Friends of Fort George at (905) 468-6621 or email: admin@friendsoffortgeorge.ca for more information.

Fife & Drum Muster and Soldiers Field Days
August 15 & 16

A pageant of military music presented by Fife and Drum corps from the United States and Canada as well as a competition of 1812 drill teams from Fort George, Fort York, Fort Malden and Fort Erie. In addition to our day events join us for a Saturday Sunset Tattoo Ceremony!

Event Schedule:

Saturday, August 15

  • 10 a.m., Flag Raising.
  • 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Individual performances by Musical Groups. Musket Firings and Drill Competitions by Individual Drill Squads.
  • 2 p.m., Firepower Demonstration. A mass Musket and Cannon firing demonstration by Drill Squads from Forts across Ontario.
  • 3 p.m., Mass Music performance from Fife and Drum Corps from across North America.
  • 3:30 p.m., Firing Elimination. A test of who can load and fire a musket the fastest between soldiers from Forts across Ontario.
  • 4 p.m., Flag Lowering.
  • 7:30 p.m., Musket and Music Sunset Taptoo. All Participants reform for a Music, Pageantry and Military Precision drill show of both Cannon and Musket firings. Regular Admission Rate Apply. *Special Combo Rate available for day and evening entry.* Tickets can be purchased at the Fort George Visitor Center or by phone at (905) 468-6614. Tickets go on sale June 1, 2015. * LAWN CHAIRS AND BLANKETS ARE ALLOWED*

Sunday, August 16

  • 10 a.m., Flag Raising.
  • 10:30am – 1:30 p.m., Individual performances by Musical Groups. Musket Firings and Drill Competitions by Individual Drill Squads.
  • 1:30 p.m., Perfect Volley Competition. All forts compete in who can make a group of muskets sound like one.
  • 2 p.m., Firepower Demonstration. A mass Musket and Cannon firing demonstration by Drill Squads from Forts across Ontario.
  • 3 p.m., Mass Music performance from Fife and Drum Corps from across North America.
  • 3:30 p.m., Awards Ceremony for Competing Squads.
  • 4 p.m., Flag Lowering.
  • 5 p.m., Fort Closes.

*SOME DISPLAYS ARE WEATHER DEPENDANT*

Echoes of Niagara’s Past: Military Timeline Event
August 29 & 30

Come to Fort George to see a glimpse of Niagara’s past. Don’t miss displays featuring uniforms, weaponry and period military vehicles from the War of 1812, First and Second World Wars, and more. Demonstrations throughout the day! In collaboration with the Lincoln and Welland Regimental Foundation.

Event Schedule:

*Fort Open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days

Saturday, August 29

  • 8:30 p.m., “Arcs of Fire: A Military Sound and Light Show” Join us for this brand new event from the team that brought you the “Bombardment of Fort George Sound and Light Show”. Using a combination of sound, light, pyrotechnics, live action and musical performance we will span the years of Niagara’s Military Heritage that will include musical and tactical demonstration from The War of 1812 – WWII.

Regular Admission rates apply. *Special Combo Rate available for day and evening entry.* Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Center or by phone at (905) 468-6614. Tickets go on sale June 1

September

Second Annual Grand Canadian Steampunk Exposition
September 25 – 27

A Grand Exposition of Canadian Steampunk grandeur, a festival of epic proportions, sights and sounds to entertain and delight... all this and more. Three days of Canadian Steampunk amazement and astonishment in southern Ontario in the Niagara region, featuring a night time concert (performers to be announced)! A largely-outdoor Steampunk festival within a War-of-1812 Canadian fort, with activities, presentations and workshops for all ages and interests. Special Admissions rates for Fort George during this weekend.

For Admission/Ticket and Hotel Information please visit: Canadian Steampunk website or call: (905) 525-6303

October

Battle of Queenston Heights Commemorative Tours
October 10 & 11

Join the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada as we commemorate the 203rd anniversary of the Battle of Queenston Heights and the death of Major General Sir Isaac Brock. Brock's Monument National Historic Site will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., all weekend. Join us for guided tours of the battle site at 11 a.m, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., climb the 235 steps to the top of Brock's Monument and enjoy the scenic view of Queenston Heights and the Niagara River!

Call the Friends of Fort George at (905) 468-6621 or email: admin@friendsoffortgeorge.ca for more information.

December

Fort George Garrison Christmas
December 12 & 13: noon – 4 p.m.

Gather your family and friends and come to Fort George for an afternoon full of exciting activities, crafts and games celebrating Christmas! This is an annual family holiday event not to be missed.

January

New Year’s Day Levee
January 1, 2016: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Join the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada as we ring in the New Year at Navy Hall! Levee celebrations start at 3 p.m., and include toasts, music by the 41st Regiment Fife and Drum Corps, and a cannon firing to welcome the New Year. Call the Friends of Fort George at (905) 468-6621 for more information.

Do you need more information?

For further information on our special events, regular programs, or year-round educational programs: