Fort George

Fort George

Discover Fort George National Historic Site, headquarters of the British Army during the War of 1812. Recapture the experiences of soldiers and their families through lively musket and artillery demonstrations. Visit all eight buildings guided by interpreters in historic costumes. There's even a secret tunnel to explore!


Visit All Eight Buildings Guided by Interpreters in Historic Costumes

During the War of 1812, Canada wasn't yet a country. It was a colony and Ontario was known as Upper Canada. Britain and the United States fought a fierce war along the border between 1812 and 1815. Britain was very busy during this because they were also fighting Napoleon in Europe. With the United States just across the river, Fort George was an important defense against invasion.

Today, you can see just how British soldiers of that time went about the important business of keeping their side of the river safe as costumed interpreters demonstrate daily life in 1812. And while you're there, look out for ghosts. Some say the fort is haunted!

How much time will I need?

  • About 1 hour

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • No special equipment is needed. Make sure to bring your camera and comfortable walking shoes.

Is this activity free?

  • Yes

When's the best time to do this?

  • Daytime between May and October


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