Fort George National Historic Site of Canada

Fort George National Historic Site of Canada

Fort George National Historic Site of Canada
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • AmarilisVos
    Jabbeke, Belgium2,318 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Canada Day experience
    We visited the fort on Canada Day. The visit was free on Canada Day and so was parking. We were given an explanation and demonstration of the difference between a musket and a rifle. It was very well done and afterwards you could ask questions. The information boards in the rooms that were open were in English and French.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Shane B
    Brisbane Region, Australia59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If your are in Niagara on the Lake, set aside time to do this, it's worth it.
    If you are visiting NotL make sure you spend some time visiting Fort George. This is a great faithful reconstruction of the original site complete with some original artefacts. There are heaps of staff on site, in period costume, who are very knowledgeable and eager to answer your questions. Having no knowledge of the history of the area, I walked away with a good understanding of the history around the 1812 war. Make sure you time your visit for the musket demonstration - this is well worth seeing. The person demonstrating one of the weapons had some difficulty with the firing mechanism highlighting the issues with this type of weapon - the commentary was hilarious and had us all laughing.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 October 2023
  • Gentleman's Portion
    Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada594 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    HISTORY COMES TO LIFE
    Only separated from America by the width of the Niagara River, Fort George is the site of a much fought over piece of ground. It was built to defend the then British colony of Upper Canada from invading American forces, who eventually burnt it to the ground as they retreated at the end of the War of 1812. Restored in the 1930s, it’s packed with history, where costumed interpreters bring the fort’s story to life. Especially worth visiting when special events and recreations are scheduled in the summer months.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 March 2024
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Jewellimaing
Brantford, Canada2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Lots to see and learn about on the history of not just Canada which was not “ Canada” at the time. We visited on truth and reconciliation day, so we learned more about the natives role in the war of 1812.
Written 10 April 2024
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Gentleman's Portion
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada594 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Only separated from America by the width of the Niagara River, Fort George is the site of a much fought over piece of ground. It was built to defend the then British colony of Upper Canada from invading American forces, who eventually burnt it to the ground as they retreated at the end of the War of 1812. Restored in the 1930s, it’s packed with history, where costumed interpreters bring the fort’s story to life. Especially worth visiting when special events and recreations are scheduled in the summer months.
Written 7 March 2024
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Shane B
Brisbane Region, Australia59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
If you are visiting NotL make sure you spend some time visiting Fort George. This is a great faithful reconstruction of the original site complete with some original artefacts. There are heaps of staff on site, in period costume, who are very knowledgeable and eager to answer your questions. Having no knowledge of the history of the area, I walked away with a good understanding of the history around the 1812 war. Make sure you time your visit for the musket demonstration - this is well worth seeing. The person demonstrating one of the weapons had some difficulty with the firing mechanism highlighting the issues with this type of weapon - the commentary was hilarious and had us all laughing.
Written 8 October 2023
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RobRoy47
Paw Paw, WV215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
I’m from the States, and visited Fort George with a Canadian friend, thus both sides of the battle were represented. It is of course all reconstructed, as the original was leveled by American Naval Artillery. The reconstruction and exhibits represent both sides of the conflict. The docents are very knowledgeable, and one gave a demonstration of loading a brown bess. I was fascinated with how similar the barracks were to when I was first in the Navy. Some things don’t change. While 75, my inner 9-year-old came out. This would be a great place to take a family.
Written 4 October 2023
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Fiona M
Huntly, UK214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Interesting piece of Canadian history. Nice to wander around and read the boards. There is a small giftshop, but it lacks a cafe. It would be nice to be able to sit down with a coffee.
Written 10 September 2023
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Selena S
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We learned so much. And being from the USA, it was an interesting learning experience. We watched the musket rifle firing and listened to the history of the war. My husband is a history guy so this place was perfect!
We spent longer than I thought we would!
Written 30 August 2023
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AmarilisVos
Jabbeke, Belgium2,318 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We visited the fort on Canada Day. The visit was free on Canada Day and so was parking. We were given an explanation and demonstration of the difference between a musket and a rifle. It was very well done and afterwards you could ask questions. The information boards in the rooms that were open were in English and French.
Written 18 August 2023
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AngelaMB12
Hanover, PA231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
My family enjoys history and National Parks, so we decided to visit and we are happy we did. As American's, it was neat to visit a Canadian national park. All the staff was nice and knowledgeable and the park is very well maintained. The space is self guided, with various demonstrations and info sessions at various times and locations within the fort. We enjoyed the musket demonstration.
Written 28 June 2023
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Mike S
Gettysburg, PA165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Must see to understand the War of 1812. Staff is incredable in working with the visitors. Make sure you visit all of the buildings.
Written 24 June 2023
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L Hul
Dampier Peninsula, Australia10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
You have to be in this history thing going into this place after paying parking expensive. You pay too much for views you can get for free in youtube as I say if you are into this history thing visit sur but others no
Written 11 June 2023
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