Spend an afternoon touring the fascinating archaeological remains at Fort St. Joseph, explore the Visitor Centre and then, hike the trails through the surrounding woods and wetlands watching for birds as you go. All trails ultimately lead to Lake Huron, so choose a warm rock in the sun, rest from your hike and imagine the wealth of history that has taken place at this important War of 1812 site.

Getting here


185 Fort Road Hilton Beach, Ontario P0R 1G0

St. Joseph Island is 45 km south of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Access is by bridge from Highway 17 (Trans-Canada Highway). Parks Canada green beaver signs will guide you along the 37 km drive to Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site.

Hours of operation

Open June 1 to September 30

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Facilities and services

Dogs on leash Dogs on leash
Parking Parking
Gift Shop Gift shop
Picnic area Picnic area

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Quick facts

  • Fort St. Joseph was once the most westerly outpost in British North America and the base from which the attack on Fort Michilimackinac was launched.
  • Learn about the British alliance with Indigenous peoples during the War of 1812.
  • The successful capture of Fort Michilimackinac was the first military manoeuvre of the War of 1812 and occurred without bloodshed. It spurred further British victories at the start of the war.
  • View authentic artifacts from the original garrison, hike nearby nature trails and check out the daily heritage demonstrations to experience life at Fort St. Joseph.