Old Fort Erie
Canada's Bloodiest Battlefield.
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.
Experience the sights and sounds of the fort under siege at this War of 1812 National Historic Site. Choose your side: join British or American soldiers on a tour of the grounds and authentic buildings, and be sure to check out the musket demonstrations.
200th Anniversary of the Siege of Old Fort Erie
Step back in time and experience Canada's largest battle reenactment, only at Old Fort Erie.
This August marks the 200th anniversary of the siege of Fort Erie, and preparations are well underway for the 28th annual reenactment happening August 9th and 10th. Please visit our siege page for more detailed information, including registration information for reenactors.
Children 5 and under are FREE at all Niagara Parks attractions.
Free parking is available for visitors. For group tours, please contact our group sales department at 1-877-642-7275 ext.2
What are Forts?
Fortifications have been around for as long as there have been wars. Gun powder and cannons had the greatest effect on their design. Forts (from the Latin for strong) were designed to replace castles, could use cannons and at the same time protect the defenders from cannon balls. The entire design was set up to create a crossfire that attacking soldiers could not avoid. Attacking soldiers would have two cannons pointed at them from the fort's corners or bastions.
Facts & Figures
Did you know that Old Fort Erie was:
- the site of ancient flint quarries;
- the first fort built in Ontario by the British - in 1764 during Pontiac’s Rebellion;
- a base for British troops, Loyalist Rangers and Iroquois Warriors during the American Revolution (1775 – 1783);
- Canada’s bloodiest field of battle with over 3,000 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;
- saw the opening of a new visitor centre on July 1, 2011; and
- celebrates the 200th Anniversary of the Siege of Fort Erie in August, 2014.
350 Lakeshore Road, Fort Erie, (905) 871-0540
Upcoming Heritage Events
August 15Come join a popular tradition within the walls of the old stone fort to hear the eerie stories of the ghosts of Canada’s bloodiest battlefield. Ghost Tours are led by period costumed staff with lanterns through the fort, and lasts about 30-45 minutes. Tours start from the Picnic Pavilion at the back of the Old Fort Erie Welcome Centre. Arrive early to purchase tickets! Admission: $5 per person (cash only). Tele: 905-871-0540.