32nd Annual Siege of Fort Erie Battle Re-Enactment Weekend

August 10, 2017

Niagara Parks

  • Canada’s longest-running War of 1812 battle re-enactment taking place at Old Fort Erie
  • Experience the Fort under siege and witness over 500 re-enactors tell the story of the War’s bloodiest battle
  • Special lantern tours to take place following dramatic nighttime battle on Saturday evening

The grounds of Old Fort Erie are set to once again play host to Canada’s largest annual War of 1812 battle re-enactment, as the 32nd Annual Siege of Fort Erie takes place on August 12 and 13. Join the Niagara Parks Heritage team and volunteers for the weekend long event that will feature battle re-enactments, demonstrations, historic merchants and more, all taking place on the site of Canada’s bloodiest battlefield.

The action-packed schedule begins both days at 10 a.m. when the Fort and camps are officially opened to the public, followed by a full lineup of battle re-enactments, demonstrations and performances throughout the day. Saturday’s events wrap up with an evening battle scene where hundreds of re-enactors will participate in Drummond’s dramatic Night Assault on the Fort, followed by a Lantern Tour of the Fort under attack at 9 p.m.

A memorial service honouring all of those who fell in battle will be held on Sunday, August 13, at 10:30 a.m. and the last battle re-enactment of the weekend, the American Sortie, will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. Please visit here for a full schedule of events.

Saturday, August 12

Fort Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Welcome Centre Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Battles: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Lantern Tour: 9 p.m.

Sunday, August 13

Fort & Welcome Centre Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Memorial Service: 10:30 a.m.; Battle: 1 p.m.
*There is no cost to view the battles and walk amongst the camps.

Niagara Parks

Niagara Parks

The Niagara Parks Commission is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.