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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. See the War of 1812 from multiple perspectives as you tour the grounds and authentic buildings, and be sure to check out the musket demonstrations.

Admission

Adult (13+ yrs)

$12.25 + tax

Child(6-12 yrs)

$7.95 + tax

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
  • commemorated the 200th Anniversary of the Siege of Fort Erie in August, 2014.

Friday Night Flicks

Throughout 2016, 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

  • October 22 - October 29
    (Tours held on 22,28 & 29) Listen to ghost stories and the traditions of Halloween during this popular event. The evening concludes with the Burning of Guy Fawkes, a visitor favourite! Tour times available are 7:30, 7:45 and 8:00 p.m. with Guy Fawkes burning at 8:30 p.m. After the tour stick around and watch a classic Halloween movie in our 80-seat theatre. Admission is free with a purchase of an All Hallows’ Eve ticket. We are showing Halloween (2007) (Rated 18A) on October 22, Poltergeist (1982) (Rated 18A) on October 28, and The Addams Family (Rated PG) on October 29. Movies start at 9 p.m.; Drinks, popcorn and light snacks available for purchase. Reservations recommended. Call 905-871-0540 to register.
  • November 4 7:00 PM
    In partnership with First Friday, relive the 1980s in Old Fort Erie’s Welcome Centre. Food and cash bar provided by The Smokin’ Buddha with music, games, karaoke and prizes throughout the evening. Starts at 7 p.m.; tickets $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Come dressed in 80s clothing for a chance to win a prize! Purchase tickets: http://firstfridaysniagara.wix.com/firstfridaysniagara
  • November 6 - November 6 1pm
    Come listen to Andy Reti tell his amazing story of survival during the Holocaust. In addition, Bud Whiteye will be telling his story of perseverance during his time in residential school from 1955-1961. The talks begin at 1 p.m. (approximate end time 3:30 p.m.) with doors opening at 12:30 p.m. in Old Fort Erie’s Welcome Centre. Admission is free but there is limited seating. Preregistration is recommended. Please call 905-871-0540 or register online.

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