Old Fort Erie

Canada's Bloodiest BattlefieldLogo for Old Fort Erie

The year is 1812. You're far from home in the unknown wilds of Upper Canada. The place is Fort Erie and war is in the air. All around you are the exciting sights and sounds of men preparing for battle. Step back into a time of red coats, black powder and gray fortress walls. Over 200 years of living history resides within, at Old Fort Erie.

Niagara Parks is preparing to celebrate the War of 1812 Bi-Centennial. Plans are being made for special events beginning in 2012 - visit the official website Visit 1812 for updates on this important milestone shared by Canada and the United States of America - Celebrating 200 Years of Peace.

Did you know?

Fort Erie was...US infantry from the War of 1812 at Old Fort Erie

  • the site of ancient flint quarries
  • the first fort built in Ontario by the British - in 1764 during Pontiacís Rebellion
  • a base for British troops, Loyalist Rangers and Iroquois Warriors during the American Revolution (1775 Ė 1783)
  • Canadaís bloodiest field of battle with over 3000 troops killed and wounded during the Siege of Fort Erie August 3 to September 21, 1814
  • the major crossing point into Canada of the Underground Railroad 1793 - 1865
  • occupied by the Fenians (Irish Republican Army) during their largest raid, 1866
  • visited by Pontiac, General Brock, General Winfield Scott, Lord and Lady Simcoe, Prince Edward (future King Edward VII), Mark Twain.

Location 350 Lakeshore Rd. Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada (905) 871-0540. Old Fort Erie is located in the town of Fort Erie approximately 30 kilometres (19 miles), or a scenic 20-minute drive, south of Niagara Falls and is close to the Peace Bridge from Buffalo, New York. The grounds and the main floor rooms of the buildings are wheelchair accessible.

2009 Events at Old Fort Erie

Fridays June 19 - August 28*: Friday Night Frights at Old Fort Erie
*Note: No tour on Fri. August 7, 2009

June 12 & 13, September 4 & 5: Murder Mystery at Old Fort Erie

July 1 to 4: Friends at the Fort

August 8 & 9: The Siege of Fort Erie 1814

CLICK HERE For more information on other Niagara Region heritage events.

Driving Directions

From Buffalo, New York Enter Canada across the Peace Bridge. After passing through Customs and the toll booths, take an immediate right to Central Ave. Turn right onto Central Ave and follow Central Ave. toward Lake Erie. Turn right on Lakeshore Road then follow the road a short distance to Old Fort Erie.

From Niagara Falls/St. Catharines/Toronto Follow the QEW south toward Fort Erie. Take the Central Ave. exit. Turn right onto Central Ave. Follow Central Ave. south toward the Niagara River. Turn right then follow the road for a short distance to Old Fort Erie.

Take a Virtual Tour
Tour the Old Fort Erie
Tour the Old Fort Erie Main Gate

Click on these links to learn more about Old Fort Erie:

What is a Fort?


Old Fort Erie Timeline

Tour of the Buildings

Tour of the Grounds

Educational Programs

Other Heritage Events in Niagara Region

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