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Address: 370 Vankoughnet Street, Prescott, Ontario K0E 1T0, Canada
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+1 613-925-2896
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Parks Canada protects and presents the cultural heritage and integrity of...

Parks Canada protects and presents the cultural heritage and integrity of Fort Wellington on behalf of all Canadians.

Open to the public, the fort tells unique and authentic stories, from the War of 1812 up until the First World War, by facilitating real and inspiring visitor experiences.

Costumed historical interpreters engage visitors through interpretive talks, presentations and period demonstrations such as cooking over an open fire, rifle and cannon firings, period crafts and games. Special events take place throughout the year and education programs entertain school age children from the area and as far away as Toronto, Ottawa and Kingston.

Currently, visitors begin their visit at the Visitor Centre, enjoying exhibits and an orientation video. Visitors then follow the path to the historic site where interpretive staff dressed as soldiers and wives of soldiers bring the site to life.

The Barracks Store Gift Shop specializes in merchandise including local arts and crafts, souvenirs, historical publications, period games and clothing.

The Prescott Heritage River Trail is a walking trail running along the St. Lawrence for the length of the Fort property. This scenic trail is enhanced with interpretive panels exploring the history of the property and the use of the river as a transhipment route.

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Very interesting site

Worth a visit. From the highway it looks like they are just working on the fort but it is hiding inside. Large blockhouse with lots of artifacts. Our guide Colleen was excellent... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Ottawa, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Worth a visit. From the highway it looks like they are just working on the fort but it is hiding inside. Large blockhouse with lots of artifacts. Our guide Colleen was excellent making the tour interactive. She was dressed in period costume and explained her outfit to us. She told us how life would have been for the soldiers and... More 

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Thank Catherine K
Brattleboro, Vermont
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101 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Fort was not open when we were there, but we walked to it and explored the grounds. I think this would be a great spot to visit when it is open.

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Thank MayaH47
Akron, Ohio
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471 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

I would pay attention to reasons why it was named Fort Wellington. That was the beginning point of my curiosity. We discovered this place by surprise while stopping near Prescott on our way to Ottawa. We had been stopped at the McDonald's just off the 401 highway and looked for something to visit and see. I had wanted to know... More 

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Thank GiudoLocattelli
Prescott, Canada
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

Visiting this Fort was a great surprise. Both my kids are young and I was expecting to have to keep them away from everything but the displays were interactive and the staff was awesome. I loved they were in character and helped the children to play along.

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Thank cmandy13
Ottawa, Canada
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

As long as I can remember I visit the local Fort Wellington every year. As a child it was a big deal for family dinners at my Aunt Nans and then over to the fort to watch the battle and watch the many people that take part in the real life loyalist from years done by. If your a history... More 

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Thank Sherrydawn
Ottawa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Great place to spend a summer day when they are re-enacting the wars of 1812. A lot of history and a lot of work done to make it as close to reality. It is also a place full of North American history.

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Thank thor2705
Johnstown, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

A wonderful step back in time to the War of 1812! Crafts, cannon and occassional battle re-enactments. Period costume clad presenters give wonderful tours through the fort and answer all your questions with accurate information. Overlooking the beautiful St.Lawrence River, Ft.Wellingtown gives Prescott it's monicor "The Fort Town".

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Thank sylvarstarwolfe2015
Cobham, United Kingdom
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196 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

We walked from our B&B - The Colonel's Inn to the Fort. There were few people there as it was past Labour Day - and everything seems to shut down after that! However, there were plenty of costumed guides who happily told us about the Fort and living conditions etc. There were also interesting displays for us read. We really... More 

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Thank felicityjg1
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Having visited this town from London, England we weren't hugely aware of this spot until stumbling on it through trip advisor. So glad we visited although unassuming from the outside this was a great visit and really helped us get a feel for the history in the area. Staff really know their history and massively helpful (overwhelmingly so for us... More 

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Thank George O
Ottawa
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Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

The staff were excellent and very knowledgeable. They made it fun and wore uniforms of the time. I signed up to fire the cannon which was fun but overpriced. My expectations perhaps too high thinking I would be firing and actual cannon ball. I would recommend just watching them fire the cannon. It's free and still pretty cool. Going inside... More 

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