Old Fort Erie, Fort Erie

35th Siege of Fort Erie Reenactment

Take a journey through time at Old Fort Erie and experience what it was like during the War of 1812 as soldiers clashed and cannons were fired with the 35th Annual Siege of Fort Erie Re-enactment.
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35th Annual Siege of Fort Erie
Reenactment at Old Fort Erie

August 8 & 9, 2020 • 10 a.m. • Free admission

Explore the camps filled with inspirational re-enactors, then watch the full battle re-enactment on Saturday and Sunday!/

Get a glimpse into the battle that unfolded during the Niagara campaign of the War of 1812 when American soldiers successfully defended Fort Erie against the British army. Explore the grounds of Old Fort Erie as hundreds of reenactors from across Ontario and the United States demonstrate why the site is known as Canada’s bloodiest battlefield.

All camp and battle reenactments at Old Fort Erie are free to the public and begin at 10 a.m. at the Welcome Centre. Admission to Old Fort Erie and the Saturday Night Lantern Tour is separate. Free parking is available in front of the Old Fort Erie Welcome Centre.

Old Fort Erie Admission: Adult $13.27 +HST, Child $8.41 +HST
Saturday Night Lantern Tour: Adult $13.27 +HST, Child $8.41 +HST

Reenactment participants: Please submit your unit registration by July 29, 2020 by clicking here. One registration per unit is necessary and updates are allowed – please indicate any updates.

Saturday Night Lantern Tour

Following the dramatic Drummond’s night assault on Saturday evening, watch Old Fort Erie come to life on a guided lantern tour. This exhilarating, fast-paced tour takes place during the aftermath of the battle. You’ll see fighting, witness doctors and nurses performing surgery and hear stories about the victories and struggles during this time of war. Tour begins at 9 p.m.

Separate admission is required for the Saturday Night Lantern Tour. Admission to Old Fort Erie is free for Season Pass holders.

Admission: Adult $13.27 +HST, Child $8.41 +HST

Saturday Night Lantern Tour
Historic Merchants & Sutlers

Historic Merchants & Sutlers

Dressed in period costumes, see merchants and sutlers carry on business like they did in the 1800s. During the war, sutlers would sell their goods and provisions to an army or soldiers, while merchants were tradespeople who provided essential services to armies.

Be sure to stop by merchants and sutler’s row to see unique historical pieces available for purchase.

Mini Militia

Let your children experience what it was like to become a soldier during the 1800s. They’ll learn about a soldier’s life in battle, take part in simple arms drills, marching and even charge bayonets.

Artillery Barrage & Demonstrations

Get up close and personal with some of the British and American artillery used during the war. Learn about different types of shots that were used during the Siege of Fort Erie as you watch the heart- pounding artillery barrage.

American Evacuation of the Fort

The Siege of Fort Erie reenactment will conclude with a short ceremony and sign of peace as the American flag is replaced with the British flag. After the war concluded, this ceremony became a symbol of ties the countries now share.

Re-enactor Registration

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

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Please note that some Niagara Parks sites are currently closed. Niagara Parks will begin a phased reopening of its attractions and indoor dining operations on January 31.

Conformément aux dernières mesures de santé publique du gouvernement de l'Ontario, certains sites de Niagara Parks, y compris toutes les attractions et les restaurants intérieurs, sont fermés à compter du 5 janvier 2022.