Soldiers in redcoats fire muskets, clouding the air with black powder smoke. Fifers’ and Drummers’ tunes drift past blockhouses, a historic powder magazine and cannons on the lookout. Step straight from the genteel Victorian town of Niagara-on-the-Lake into the War of 1812 at Fort George, a military post that defended Upper Canada against American attacks. Experience that era by tasting food cooked 19th century-style over an open flame, then fire a musket yourself!

Featured things to do

Witness the blast of a musket demonstration or dress in uniform, load and fire one yourself.

Watch redcoat-clad soldiers load and fire muskets at Fort George National Historic Site, or take part in Hands on History, dressing in uniform and firing the Brown Bess musket yourself.

Let military music from the Fife and Drum Corps and Band of Music fill your ears

Hear the military music of Fort George National Historic Site’s Fife and Drum Corps as well as the social tunes popular during the War of 1812 performed on historic instruments by the unique Band of Music.

Stroll through 250 years of Niagara’s stories

Stroll through 250 years of Niagara’s stories on a walking path into the past. Follow the 2.5 kilometre Beyond the Gates pathway outside Fort George’s walls along a route that highlights 250 years of aboriginal and military history.

Hours of operation

May 1 to October 31
Every day

Nov 1 to April 30
Weekends only

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Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
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Telephone: 905-468-6614