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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.
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.
The 31st Annual Siege of Fort Erie
Join us August 6th and 7th for Canada’s largest annual re-enactment at Canada’s bloodiest battlefield. This weekend long event features battle re-enactments, demonstrations, historic merchants and more. Not one to be missed.
For full details please visit: Siege Weekend Schedule of Events.
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 (one date in October) with daily screenings during March Break.View Showtimes
350 Lakeshore Road, Fort Erie, (905) 871-0540
Upcoming Heritage Events
August 6 - August 7Canada’s largest annual re-enactment at Canada’s bloodiest battlefield. This weekend long event features battle re-enactments, demonstrations, historic merchants and more. Not one to be missed. A full schedule of events to follow.
August 12 9:00 PMHaunting tales echo off the walls of the old stone fort. Old Fort Erie is Canada's bloodiest battlefield, so what better place to experience a chilling ghost tour? Tours start at 9 p.m. with doors opening at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5, no reservations required.
August 20 10:00 AM - 5:00 PMCome cheer on Old Fort Erie’s soldiers as they compete in drill competitions, speed loading demonstrations, and more. 905-871-0540 or www.OldFortErie.com