Explore the ruins of Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site and feel the rich War of 1812 history that lingers – a history that saw a powerful alliance struck between the British and the First Nations People of the western Great Lakes region. Hike to Lake Huron’s edge, conjure friendly spirits on the Ghost Walk, watch for more than 100 species of birds and view authentic artefacts from the old fort.

Featured things to do

Soldiers in red coats.
Step back in time at the Fort St. Joseph Rendezvous 150!

Join us for a day in the life of the men and women who lived, worked and played at Fort St. Joseph in the 1812 era. Indigenous, military and pioneer culture will be showcased in a day of celebration and re-enactment of the vibrant community that once stood here.

A family on a hiking trail.
Hike the trails to Huron's edge

Three great hiking trails wind through the forest surrounding Fort St. Joseph. Whether you have 20 or 90 minutes, you’ll be able to complete an enjoyable hike, learning about Fort St. Joseph and its surroundings.

Two children looking at a ruin.
Explore the ruins

Once the most westerly fort in Upper Canada, Fort St. Joseph is now a fascinating historic ruin. Tour the Visitor Centre and ruins, then hike the woodland trails that surround the remains of the fort.

Sites nearby

  • A sailboat on Lake Superior.
    Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area

    Home to more than 70 fish species and 50 shipwrecks, Lake Superior is one of the world’s largest protected freshwater areas and offers outdoor activities ranging from fishing and swimming to snowshoeing and surfing.

  • A person in the front of a canoe.
    Pukaskwa National Park

    This is Ontario’s only wilderness national park, defined by pink-and-slate granite shores, Great Lake temperaments and near-endless stretches of spruce, fir, pine and hardwoods. Biodiverse coastal regions—where wetland, lake and forest meet—are home to iconic Canadian species like bald eagles, moose and bears.

  • Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site

    Tour the Sault Ste. Marie Canal with an informative Parks Canada guide and you’ll soon understand the vitally important role this innovative piece of engineering made to water transportation in Canada. 

Hours of operation

Open June 1 to September 30

Complete schedule


Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 705-246-2664

Email: fortstjoseph-info@pc.gc.ca