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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.