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.
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.
Friday Night Flicks
Throughout 2015, Niagara Parks Heritage will be presenting specially selected films at our historic Old Fort Erie. Featuring award-winning classics and culturally important recent releases, all presented in our grand and stories venue. You won't just be watching history, you'll be living it.
Films are shown the last two Fridays of every month with daily screenings during March Break. View Showtimes
350 Lakeshore Road, Fort Erie, (905) 871-0540
Upcoming Heritage Events
February 27 - February 27 Doors open at 1:30pm5.00Test your knowledge of general trivia topics from history and geography to famous movies and music. Prizes for the top two teams. Limited snack bar menu during this specially licenced event. Sign up as a team (maximum 8 per team) or individually. Starts at 2 p.m., with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. Call 905-871-0540 or email us at email@example.com for more information and to sign up.
June 3 - June 35.00Learn the gory, gruesome details on Old Fort Erie’s popular ghost tours. Visitors will tour the hollowed grounds of the fort and hear eerie tales at Canada’s bloodiest battlefield. Tour starts at 9 p.m.
June 11 - June 120.00Come and witness the 150th anniversary of the Fenian attempt to take Canada. Battle re-enactments, demonstrations and more. A full schedule of events to follow.