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Old Fort Erie

Canada's Bloodiest Battlefield.

The year is 1814. You’re far from home in the unknown wilds of Upper Canada. The U.S. have captured Fort Erie. All around you are the sights and sounds of a Fort under siege and men preparing for non-stop fighting. Step back into a time of wool uniforms, 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 the perspectives of the various soldiers and warriors as you tour the grounds and authentic buildings, and be sure to check out the black powder demonstrations.


Adult (13+ yrs)

$12.50 + tax

Child(6-12 yrs)

$8.15 + 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 2017, 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 from January to April and from September to December, with daily screenings during March Break. View Showtimes

350 Lakeshore Road, Fort Erie, (905) 871-0540

Upcoming Heritage Events

  • January 22 - December 22
    Featuring award winning classics, charming family favourites and culturally important releases, these films will be shown within NPC’s storied Old Fort Erie visitor centre theatre. The modern theatre has ample seating, surround sound and a large projector screen to showcase many of today’s finest films. Enjoy the historic surroundings while taking in great films throughout 2017, including matinee shows during the March Break. For more information, please call 905-871-0540 or visit
  • March 11 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Test 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. Admission is $5 per person. Call 905-871-0540 or email us at for more information and to sign up.
  • March 13 - March 17 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM
    Family oriented matinee movies at Old Fort Erie. Entertaining mix of new and old movies. Full listing available on website, call (905) 871-0540 or LIKE "Niagara Parks Heritage" Facebook page for more information.

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