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Fort George Historic Site

Left: Flags are displayed throughout the Fort to show what they are representing. Top right: Entrance sign to Fort George. Bottom right: The view from the road to look out for when attending this destination. Photos: [Michelle Gregson,2013].

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Fort George, which is also another national historic site on the south side of the Old Town district of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Fort George was the main headquarters of the centre division of the British Army during War 1812, and also played a large role in the defence of Upper Canada. This point of interest and also the fourth point of interest are meant to show the visitor the historic side of the area while providing them the chance to shop and taste great quality food on the main street of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Niagara-on-the-Lake is a short distance from the fort to either walk, jog or bike.  

 


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Hours of Operation

 

May 1, 2013 – October 31, 2013.
Open 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, seven days a week.

November 1, 2013 – November 30, 2013
Open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, weekends only.

December 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014
Open 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, weekends only.

April 1, 2014 – April 30, 2014
Open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, weekends only.

 

*Group visitation available year round by reservation.

 

 


DIRECTIONS

From Toronto:
Take the Queen Elizabeth Way (Niagara) towards St. Catharines
Take exit 47 for Ontario Street toward County Road-42
Turn left at Ontario Street
Continue onto Lakeshore Road
Continue onto Grant-Niagara Townline Road
Slight right at Lakeshore Road
Continue onto Mary Street
Turn left at Mississauga Street
Turn right at Queen Street

From Niagara:

Head north on Victoria Avenue toward Valley Way

Turn left at Niagara Parkway

Continue onto Niagara River Boulevard

Turn right to stay on Niagara River Boulevard

Take the first left to stay on Niagara River Boulevard

 

 


Historical


Overlooking the Niagara River, Fort George was built between 1796 and 1802. This fortification served as the headquarters for the Centre Division of the British Army during the War of 1812, and played a crucial role in the defense of Upper Canada. Fort George saw action during the Battle of Queenston Heights, was destroyed and captured by the Americans during the Battle of Fort George, and was reclaimed by the British seven months later.

Today, visitors to Fort George National Historic Site can step back in time to experience the early military history of Niagara. Daily tours through 19th century military architecture including the Blockhouses, Officers' Quarters, Artificers Shop and Guard House make the visitors experience memorable. Throughout the summer, experience the sounds of the Fife and Drum Corps, witness the training maneuvers of the 41st Regiment Infantry unit, taste food prepared over an open fire in the Officer's Kitchen, and witness musket and artillery demonstrations. This destination is a wonderful place to learn the history of 1812, and being up close and seeing what it looked like will help you learn and understand a greater deal.

 

 


ECOLOGICAL


Fort George is a natural, man-made destination that has been preserved for education purposes. When you visit this site, the surroundings are forests and nicely cut grass. Since it is maintained by Parks Canada, it is always a beautiful site to discover. When you enter the park, you do not feel like you were just in the downtown core of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Since it is located on the shore of the lake, nice breezes always come through and when the sun is shining, it is an amazing place to go to explore. Just a five minute walk down the road is the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake to continue your exploration through time.

 


Further Information

http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/fortgeorge/natcul.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_George,_Ontario

http://www.visit1812.com/historic-sites/FortGeorge.html 

 

Ownership & Management

Parks Canada

Admission Fee

Daily -> Adult $ 11.70 Senior $ 10.05 Youth $ 5.80 Family/Group $ 29.40 "Commercial Group, per person $10.05 Seasonal -> Adult $ 29.40 Senior $ 25.00 Youth $ 14.70 Family/Group $ 73.60

Address

26 Queen's Parade
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
L0S 1J0

Telephone

(905) 468-6614

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.250940
Longitude -79.065645

Administration

Fort George
26 Queen's Parade
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
L0S 1J0
Tel (905) 468-6614
Fax Fax (905) 468-4638
Email ont-niagara@pc.gc.ca

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