Old Fort Erie, Fort Erie
Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
The first British fort constructed in 1764 as part of a military network after the Seven Years War, Old Fort Erie remains the sight of one of the bloodiest battlefields in the history of Canada. Transport yourself back to The War of 1812, where over 3,000 Canadian troops were slaughtered and wounded in the siege. Now a remnant of nearly 300 years of military history, discover the tales kept inside the tall grey fortress, learn the history of the war from multiple perspectives and tour the impressive grounds and preserved buildings. Don't miss the action at the live musket demonstrations, and if you'd like a guide, group tours are available. Plan your Old Fort Erie visit and explore what else you can see and do in Ridgeway using our Ridgeway trip generator.
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Fascinating to hear and see how the early soldiers, French, British and American fought to secure this fort and everything it stood for. The Iroquois played a strong role in this fort. Critical instal... read more »
An easy drive from the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, Old Fort Erie is a well-preserved and reconstructed site of some of the bloodiest fighting of the War of 1812. The entry fee was quite reasonable... read more »
Canada has lots of great history it just is not so easy to find. Very happy you can find some in Fort Erie. This fall wanted a nice walk and to stretch after a long drive and this is a perfect place t... read more »
Had a great experience here! Our tour guide, Alex, was informative and answered all our questions. The reenactment was an added bonus. Will definitely visit again!
Had a great day watching the battle reinactment and did the tour. Definitely worth checking out. So much history and tons of interesting displays. Will be going back to see the big show in August
We really enjoyed the guided tour at Old Fort Erie as well as the mortar demonstration. My 7 year old was kept entertained, and we also found the location to be very stroller accessible which was handy.
Extraordinary historic fort with exceptional guided tours by historical reenactors. One of the best tours this vacation. Smaller is size than surrounding forts, but far more well run and historical significant.
The blast of cannons and muskets firing are, of course, the highlight of visiting any historic fort. But there is so much more to see and do here with plenty of photo opportunities. Daily tours, period re-enactments and interactive displays make this a stop to remember. You have to know where you came from to know where you're going I was once told by a War of 1812 historian. Maintained and managed by the Niagara Parks Commission.
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