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Old Fort Erie, Fort Erie

The Siege of Fort Erie Reenactment

Explore the camps filled with inspirational re-enactors, then watch the full battle re-enactment on Saturday and Sunday!
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The Siege of Fort Erie Reenactment

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

Feel what it was like during the War of 1812 as soldiers clashed, cannons were fired, and blood was shed.
Travel back in time for the 34th annual Siege of Fort Erie on August 3 and 4. The weekend promises to be action-packed featuring battle re-enactments, demonstrations, historic merchants and so much more! Get a glimpse into the conflict between British and American forces during the Niagara campaign, when Americans successfully defended Fort Erie against the British Army. Explore the grounds of Old Fort Erie as hundreds of re-enactors from across Ontario and the United States show us why the site is known as Canada’s Bloodiest Battlefield.

All camp and battle re-enactments are free and begin at 10AM at the Welcome Centre.
Admission for Old Fort Erie and Saturday night lantern tour is separate.

Fort Tour: Adult $13.27 + HST · Child $8.41 + HST

Schedule of Events

Saturday, August 3
10:00 a.m. Fort and camps open to the public
11:00 a.m. Skirmish: “Major Buck’s Surrender”
12:00 p.m. Surgery in the War of 1812
1:00 p.m. British Artillery Demonstration
1:45 p.m. Performance by the Drums Crown Forces 1812
2:00 p.m. Battle: “Chippawa and Lundy’s Lane”
3:00 p.m. Mini Militia
4:00 p.m. US Artillery Demonstration
5:00 p.m. Fort and camps closed to public
7:30 p.m. Ceremonies
8:00 p.m. Battle: “Drummond’s Night Assault”
9:00 p.m. Lantern Tour: Witness the effects of the failed British Attack!
Sunday, August 4
10:00 a.m. Fort and camps open to the public
10:30 a.m. Memorial Service
11:30 a.m. Mortar Demonstration
12:45 p.m. Performance by The Drums Crown Forces 1812
1:00 p.m. Battle: “The Sortie”
2:00 p.m. Mini Militia
2:30 p.m. Artillery Barrage
3:00 p.m. American Evacuation of the Fort
3:30 p.m. Musket Demonstration
4:30 p.m. Cannon Demonstration
5:00 p.m. Fort and camps closed to the public

Saturday Night Lantern Tour

Following the dramatic Drummond’s Night Assault, Saturday evening, watch the Fort come to life on a guided lantern tour of the Fort. This 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. Tours begin at 9PM.

Lantern tour requires separate admission. Season pass holders enter the Fort free all weekend. Free parking in front of Old Fort Erie Visitor Centre.

Tickets: $15 for adults and $9.50 for children.

Historic Merchants & Sutlers

Throughout the weekend, you’ll see historic Merchants and Sutlers dressed in clothing like the 1800s. At the time, Sutlers would sell their goods and provisions to an army or to soldiers, while Merchants were often tradespeople who provided essential services to armies.

Be sure to stop by Merchants and Sutler’s Row to see the unique historical pieces available for purchase.

Demonstrations

Throughout the weekend there will be several demonstrations performed by re-enactors.

Mini-Militia

Let your children see what it takes to become a soldier. 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. You’ll learn about different types of shots that were used during the Siege of Fort Erie as you watch the Artillery Barrage.

American Evacuation of the Fort

To conclude the weekend and as a sign of peace, observe re-enactors perform a short ceremony replacing the American flag with the British flag. This was a symbol of future ties these counties now share.

Re-enactor Registration

To participate as a re-enactor in the Siege of Fort Erie please visit the participant registration page.

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