Fort Henry (Fort Henry National Historic Site), Kingston

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Enjoy a slice of history at Fort Henry (Fort Henry National Historic Site). Built in 1812 to protect the naval dockyard of Kingston from potential American interference, it became part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rideau Canal in 2007. As a visitor, you can observe reenactment drills by the uniformed Fort Henry Guard, enjoy artillery shows, and take guided tours around the fort, shedding light on its military and, potentially, haunted past. After this, peruse the shops in the trade square, or grab a meal at one of the restaurants. Put Fort Henry (Fort Henry National Historic Site) on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Kingston trip itinerary builder.
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  • August 14, 2017
    A piece of history colourfully brought alive! A great way to spend the day with family. Suitable for all ages.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    On the way to Montreal, we stopped to sleep in Kingston and as we had done the thousand islands excursion, we decided to visit Fort Henry. Not worth a visit the truth, for the price that is paid. Anyway, the staff is friendly and the people who make the representation and the costume is fine, but I saw him poor for the price that is paid.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This is our 2nd time for visit. Last time the tour was great, the fort is well maintained. We also enjoyed the Tattoo marching band competition, it was fantastic. This time we toured around the fort a...  more »
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  • June 16, 2017
    Great living history site with knowledgeable and keen staff. Lots of activity throughout the day to keep you interested. They even fired a cannon! How can you go wrong?
  • June 14, 2017
    It's a beautiful venue, and a great outdoor space when the weather is nice. Always something fun to check out, whether it be a craft beer fest, sunset ceremonies, or a giant haunted house. Also pretty cheap! A must-see for locals and tourists alike.
  • July 7, 2017
    I went to the tour during the day. And the Wednesday night sunset show. It is a must see. Get a K Pass and see all the great sites of Kingston!
  • June 8, 2017
    Really cool. Wasn't actually opened yet, but you are still able to stroll around and take photos. You just don't have a guide telling you all the facts.
  • July 2, 2017
    I love the Fort and the fact that you can feel like a soldier for twenty dollars by firing a snider enfield and dressing in British uniforms makes it all authentic it's a great place for history teachers to take their students or parents or grandparents to take children and grand children definitely go here it's amazing

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