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Annual Siege of Fort Erie Re-enactment Returns on New Weekend

July 16, 2019

Niagara Parks

  • Old Fort Erie is brought to life with battle re-enactments and demonstrations throughout the August long weekend

Fort Erie, ON – Take a journey through time and re-live one of the most important battles of the War of 1812 as Old Fort Erie hosts hundreds of re-enactors from across North America for the annual Siege of Fort Erie weekend on August 3 and 4.

Experience the thunder and chaos of various battles and skirmishes throughout the weekend at Canada’s largest battle re-enactment and take part in opportunities to tour the Fort and military camps for a first-hand look at life during the war.

The Fort opens to the public at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. both days, with ceremonies and a lantern tour after the Fort closes on Saturday.

Event Highlights

The Siege weekend is packed with activities; various weapons demonstrations, skirmishes, and historical learning experiences will take place throughout the weekend, in addition to the three battle re-enactments. For the full schedule of events, visit niagaraparks.com/siege.

Saturday, August 3

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Fort Hours       

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. – Welcome Centre Hours

12 noon – Historical Interpretation: Surgery in the War of 1812
Learn about the treatment of war wounds in 1812

2 p.m. – Battle: “Chippawa and Lundy’s Lane”

8 p.m. – Battle: “Drummond’s Night Assault”
Witness the British forces attempt to take the heavily fortified American fort

9 p.m. – Lantern Tour
Witness the effects of the failed British Attack

Sunday, August 4

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Fort & Welcome Centre Hours

10:30 a.m. – Memorial Service

12:45 p.m. – Performance by The Drums Crown Forces 1812

1 p.m. – Battle: “The Sortie”
Watch as the American forces attempt to break the siege

2:30 p.m. – Artillery Barrage

There is no cost to view the battles and walk amongst the camps. Regular admission applies for entry into the Fort and for the lantern tour. Free to Old Fort Erie Season Pass holders. For more information, visit niagaraparks.com/siege.

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