The War of 1812 comes to life inside Fort George, the main British Army headquarters in the Niagara Region and the site of a key battle more than 200 years ago. Trained interpreters dressed as soldiers in red coats and their families share stories about life in the days before the fort fell to American forces. Spend a few hours with us along the mighty Niagara River. No matter what time of year, take advantage of our incredible programs.

Please note, daily activities may change during special events. For more information, please call 905-468-6614 or email pc.niagaraont.pc@canada.ca.

May 1 to June 30, 2019

Enjoy the treasures of Fort George from 10 am to 5 pm seven days a week in May and June! Please note, daily activities may change during special events. Last ticket sold at 4:15 pm

Monday to Sunday:

  • Musket demonstrations at 10:45 am, 11:45 am, 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:45 pm, 3:45 pm, 4:30 pm
    Watch the flash of fire and hear the blast of a Brown Bess musket.
  • Explore the Fort
    Let your senses guide you on your own adventure through the Fort, talk with costumed interpreters stationed throughout the Fort, and listen to stories that will take you back 200 years.
  • Period kitchen
    Check out our period kitchen – we may even be baking some of our delectable cookies, breads, cakes, pies, or puddings from our historic recipe collection for you to try.
  • Pre-booked group tours
    Fort George offers pre-booked tours to groups seven days a week year-round. For more information, please call 905-468-6614 or email pc.niagaraont.pc@canada.ca.

Saturday and Sunday only:

  • Featured Presentations at 11:15 pm, 1:15 pm, and 3:15 pm
    On weekends, sit down with one of our expert staff who will cover fascinating topics of a bygone era. You might learn about early 1800s medicine, the life of a lady, historic gardening, fortifications, the music of 1812, or other remarkable realities of a fort on the eve of war.
July 1 to August 31, 2019

Enjoy everything Fort George has to offer from 10 am to 5 pm in July and August with a new activity starting every half hour! Please note, daily activities may change during special events. Last ticket sold at 4:15 pm.

Monday to Sunday:

  • Flag raising ceremony
    Let the sights and sounds of the squad and/or the 41st Fife and Drum Corps fill you with excitement as the flag is raised to begin a new day!
  • Musket demonstrations
    Watch the flash of fire and hear the blast of a Brown Bess muskets fired by a squad of the 41st Regiment.
  • Period kitchen
    Check out our period kitchen – we may even be baking some of our delectable cookies, breads, cakes, pies, or puddings from our historic recipe collection for you to try.
  • Featured presentations
    Our expert staff cover a variety of fascinating topics of a bygone era.
  • Explore the Fort
    Choose your own adventure through the fort: explore the carefully restored buildings with costumed interpreters and listen to stories that will take you back 200 years.
  • Flag lowering ceremony
    Watch the flag lower with the squad and/or the 41st Fife and Drum Corps as day is done.
  • Pre-booked group tours
    Fort George offers pre-booked tours to groups seven days a week year-round. For more information, please call 905-468-6614 or email pc.niagaraont.pc@canada.ca.

Wednesday to Sunday only:

  • Noon Day Gun
    Feel the blast of a unique time piece – the noon day gun! Experience the power of artillery with our canon firing demonstration.
  • Fife and Drum demonstrations
    Tap your toes to the beat of marching tunes as the decoratively uniformed 41st Regiment Fife and Drum Corps parades around Fort George performing 18th and early 19th century music. Hear the pre-dawn reveille bugle wake-up call, the opening notes of the corps’ daily job as the fort’s clock and timekeeper for soldiers’ routines. Learn how they were also an essential low-tech walkie-talkie with the high-pitched fifes and low-pitched drums sending musical signals across great distances to direct artillery, cavalry and troops on a chaotic battlefield.

Mid-July to August 31, weekends only:

  • Fire power demonstration
    Grab a seat for our infantry and artillery display highlighting the skills and tactics of the British Army during the War of 1812. This incredible demonstration shows how the British Army used the simple technology of the Brown Bess musket to the greatest effect with skirmishing, line firing, cavalry defense, and the bayonet charge - interspersed with the devastating fire of field artillery. Smell the smoke and feel the explosions that made an 1812 battlefield a very dangerous place to be.
  • “Band of Music” performance
    A unique experience not found elsewhere in Canada. Follow the elegant melodies of European social music into the barracks and officers’ quarters where the fort’s unique Band of Music performs historical compositions that would have been popular during the Napoleonic era. It’s a rare opportunity to hear classics played on reproductions of late 18th and early 19th century instruments including flutes, clarinets, bassoons, violins, French horns and a serpent.
September 1 to October 31, 2019

As the leaves begin to change, explore Fort George from 10 am to 5 pm seven days a week in September and October! Please note, daily activities may change during special events. Last ticket sold at 4:15 pm.

Monday to Sunday:

  • Musket demonstrations at  10:45 am, 11:45 am, 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:45 pm, 3:45 pm, and 4:30 pm
    Watch the flash of fire and hear the blast of a Brown Bess musket like those used in the War of 1812.
  • Guided tours start in Blockhouse #2 at 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm
    Join a costumed interpreter for a guided tour and learn about life in a garrison on the brink of war.
  • Explore the Fort
    Let your senses guide you on a tour through the Fort: step through the carefully restored buildings, smell and feel the warmth of the fire place, and listen to stories that will take you back 200 years.
  • Pre-booked group tours
    Fort George offers pre-booked tours to groups seven days a week year-round. For more information, please call 905-468-6614 or email pc.niagaraont.pc@canada.ca.
November 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020

Step through our gates from noon to 4 pm every weekend for many things to see and do in the shoulder season. Please note, daily activities may change during special events. Last ticket sold at 3:45 pm.

Saturday and Sunday only:

  • Musket demonstrations at 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm
    Watch the flash of fire and hear the blast of a Brown Bess musket like those used in the War of 1812.
  • Explore the Fort
    Open doors to carefully restored buildings, gather around the warmth of the fire in the Officers’ Quarters, and learn something new from our costumed interpreters.

Everyday:

  • Pre-booked group tours
    Fort George offers pre-booked tours to groups seven days a week year-round. For more information, please call 905-468-6614 or email pc.niagaraont.pc@canada.ca.
  • Vintage – Parks Canada skating rink at Fort George National Historic Site
    Come skate at the coolest place in town! Just outside the rampart walls, the Vintage – Parks Canada skating rink is open seven days a week, weather permitting, and free for all! Check our Facebook page for updates.
April 2020

Fort George welcomes spring with extended weekend hours from 10 am to 5 pm. Please note, daily activities may change during special events. Last ticket sold at 4:15 pm.

Saturday and Sunday only:

  • Guided tours start in Blockhouse #2 at 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm
    Join a costumed interpreter for a guided tour and learn about life in a garrison on the brink of war
  • Musket demonstrations at 11:45 am, 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:45 pm, 3:45 pm, and 4:30 pm
    Watch the flash of fire and hear the blast of a Brown Bess musket like those used in the War of 1812.
  • Explore the Fort
    Choose your own adventure inside the fort: explore carefully restored buildings and learn something from costumed interpreters that will impress your friends and family.

Everyday:

  • Pre-booked group tours
    Fort George offers pre-booked tours to groups seven days a week year-round. For more information, please call 905-468-6614 or email pc.niagaraont.pc@canada.ca.