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
Hours of operation
May 1 to October 31
Nov 1 to April 30
Free admission for youth in 2018. Other fees still apply.
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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
Queenston Heights is the Niagara battlefield where Major General Sir Isaac Brock, Commander-in-Chief of British forces in Upper Canada died while leading British regulars, local militia and First Nation warriors against an American invasion.
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.