Old Fort Erie, Fort Erie

Napoleonic War Reenactment

Witness Old Fort Erie transform into a European fort during a thrilling reenactment of the Napoleonic War.
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Napoleonic War Reenactment at Old Fort Erie

August 26th and 27th, 2023 • 10 a.m.

Experience history brought to life with a thrilling reenactment of the Napoleonic War at Old Fort Erie. Witness the fort transform into a European fort as hundreds of reenactors from across Ontario and the United States take over the grounds to set up camp and man the walls and siege lines. This weekend-long event features a full schedule of reenactment activities, including battles, military encampments, demonstrations, historic merchants and more.

All camp and battle reenactments at Old Fort Erie are free to the public. Regular admission applies for entry into Old Fort Erie, except for Old Fort Erie Season Pass holders. Free parking is available in front of the Old Fort Erie Welcome Centre.

Old Fort Erie Admission: Adult $14.00 +HST, Child $9.00 +HST

Reenactment participants: Please submit your unit registration by July 29, 2023 by clicking here. One registration per unit is necessary and updates are allowed – please indicate any updates.

Saturday, August 26

11am – Skirmish – South Field (free admission)
12pm – Military Fashion Show – Inside the fort (admission required)
2pm – Dance Practice –  Inside the fort (admission required)
3pm  – Battle- South Field (free admission)

Sunday, August 27

11:30am – Demonstration
2pm – Battle- South Field (free admission)

6th Regiment of Foot

The 6th Regiment of Foot, also known as the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, served for 283 years from 1673 until 1968 when it was amalgamated into other regiments. The regiment arrived in Upper Canada in July 1814 and sent to Niagara as British reinforcements in the Siege of Fort Erie. Arriving late to the two-month long siege, the 6th were primarily involved in pushing back the American sortie on September 17, 1814. The regiment earned the Niagara battle honour for their involvement in the sortie during the siege.

A soldier directing another soldier during the Napoleonic War Reenactment
A Napoleonic War soldier holding an armed weapon

Regiment de Watteville

The Regiment de Watteville was one of several foreign regiments in British service during the Napoleonic Wars. Raised in 1801 by soldiers who served in early Swiss regiments, the regiment served in Egypt, the Mediterranean and throughout Europe. It was sent to Upper Canada after arriving in Quebec in May 1813. The regiment lost nearly half of its numbers during the Siege of Fort Erie where men were killed on the front lines of the assault and sortie. The Regiment de Watteville disbanded in 1816.

Re-enactor Registration

To participate as a re-enactor please visit the participant registration page.

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