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Fort George

Left: Entrance to Fort; Top right: Boutique; Bottom right; Entrance to the fort exhibits.                                

 

General Information

Fort George has been restored, featuring replica buildings and original structures. It is open to visitors, who can experience role re-enactments, tours, as well as musket and marching music demonstrations from the time period of the War of 1812. Be sure to check dates for these events, as they are usually held during the summer months. Learning experiences are also available for classes and groups; be sure to contact Parks Canada for further details.

 

Fort George was once the headquarters of the British Army's Centre Division in Upper Canada as well as for Major-General Sir Isaac Brock during the War of 1812.The Centre Division included British regulars, local militia, aboriginal warriors, and Runchey's corps of freed slaves. Occupied by the Americans for seven months after the battle of Fort George in May 1813, the Fort fell back into British hands and was rebuilt only to become derelict in 1820 after the end of the war.

 

This point of interest is linked to The Battlefields of The War of 1812 Tour.

 

 


Photo Gallery

 


TripClip Audio File - Fort George

 

 


 

Hours of Operation

May 1 - October 31: Daily 10:00am - 5:00pm
November - April: Weekends 10:00am - 5:00pm
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 Falls

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


From USA
Head north on Stanley Avenue toward McRae Street
Turn right to stay on Stanley Avenue
Continue to stay on Stanley Avenue
Continue onto Portage Road
At the Roundabout, take the second exit onto Niagara Parkway
Continue onto Niagara River Boulevard
Continue onto Queen’s Parade
Continue onto Picton Street
Continue onto Queen Street

 

Cultural

The Friends of Fort George Gift Shop Boutique carry a wide range of book titles about military and naval history, social history, architecture, cooking, children's books - all related to the late 18th & early 19th century They also carry jewelry, toys, gift ware, CD's, fifes and tin whistles - again related to the site's history.

 

It's nice to know that the revenue generated from the store is used to support student wages in the Fife & Drum Corps and Infantry Squad during the summer.

 

Heritage Presentation Special Programs, School Programs and Overnight Programs.

 

Tours and Demonstrations

 

The Fort George (41st Regiment) Fife and Drum Corps is made up of young people between the ages of ten and fourteen. A message from Drum Major Peter Alexander explains about this free programme. "The Corps has been created for young people between the ages of ten and fourteen. You are welcome to visit any Sunday between 1:30 and 4:00pm. There are no formal music requirements and your uniform and equipment is provided by Parks Canada. You will receive instruction in drill, music and music ensemble. Once you have memorized and can perform ten fife songs or drum beatings you will be issued with your music equipment and uniform free of charge."

"When you turn fifteen you can compete for a paid position in the professional Corps. The only requirements are attendance every Sunday and three days a week including Sundays during the summer from July 1st to Labour Day."

You can reach Fort George at (905) 468-6617 or e-mail Peter.Alexander@pc.gc.ca.

 


 

Aerial view of Fort George (Dean Montgomery)
 

 


Historical

In 1796, the British complied with the terms of the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which had granted Fort Niagara to the United States. To protect their territory in Upper Canada, the British immediately constructed the fort across the Niagara River in order to control the river supply route which was essential to the survival of the forts west of the Niagara region. In 1802 the fort was completed.

 

Fort George was once the headquarters of the British Army's Centre Division in Upper Canada as well as for Major-General Sir Isaac Brock during the War of 1812. Occupied by the Americans for seven months after the battle of Fort George in May 1813, the Fort fell back into British hands. Fort George was destroyed by American soldiers and captured during the Battle of Fort George in May 1813. After a seven month occupation by, the fort was retaken in December and remained in British hands for the remainder of the war. After the war, the fort was partially rebuilt, and by the 1820's it was falling into ruins. During the 1930's, Fort George was restored as a National Historic Site.

 

Recreational


3-D Tours
www.pc.gc.ca/dci/src/3d_e.asp

 

Further Information

Quotes From the Past

 

The Commons parkland

 

41st Fife and Drum Corps information: www.pc.gc.ca/lhnnhs/on/fortgeorge/activ/activ3_E.asp

 

This webpage was created by Cavelle Schmid and Kristin Atkinson in December 2009. Trip narration by Cavelle Schmid, photos by Cavelle Schmid and Kristin Atkinson. Thanks to the staff at Brock University for their help in the creation of this page.

 

Ownership & Management

Parks Canada

Facilities

Commons Grounds Parkland
Navy Hall
Special Event Rentals:
Fort George grounds (after hours)

Admission Fee

PARKING daily per Vehicle:$5.90 General Admission DAILY Adult:$11.70 Senior:$10.05 Youth:$5.80 Family/Group:$29.40  SEASONAL Adult:$29.40  Senior:$25.00  Youth:$14.70  Family/Group:$73.60 HERITAGE PRESENTATION SPECIAL PROGRAMS School Programs Basic Program per person:$4.90 Day Education Program Day per person:$9.80 Overnight Program, per person:$49.00 Use of Fort George grounds (after hours), per event is $1,962.60

Accessibility

All buildings are wheelchair accessible except for the Octagonal Block House which only has an accessible tunnel.

Address

Fort George
150 Queen's Parade
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
L0S 1J0

Telephone

(905) 468-4257

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.24997588220
Longitude -79.06105392760
UTM easting 657400
UTM northing 4790400

Administration

Fort George
26 Queen Street
P.O. Box 787
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
L0S 1J0
Tel (905) 468-4257
Fax (905) 468-4638
Toll free www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/on/fortgeorge/natcul/index_E.asp#george
Email ont-niagara@pc.gc.ca
Website http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/fortgeorge/natcul.aspx

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