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Old Fort Erie, Fort Erie
(4.6/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I had no expectation for this place, as I am not much up on my Canadian war history. My partner was interested, so we agreed to check it out. We took the guided tour (recommended) and had a very knowl...  more »
  • We have been a few times to different events. Always fun and a always something new to learn. The burning of Guy Fawx is always a Halloween fun time. Great for everyone 
  • 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...  more »
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  • We spent a few hours here taking a guided tour. The guide was very knowledgeable, the restoration and museum were rally well done. If you are vacationing at Niagara Falls it is definitely worth the short drive south to see this landmark.
  • This is a great place to go to learn Michigan and American history. People of all ages enjoy touring the fort and looking at the many displays. I enjoyed seeing the many artifacts found on the site.
  • GREAT experience. The tour guide was very well informed. If you love learning about history, this is an excellent choice. Plus, they give you shortbread cookies.
  • 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.
  • 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!