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. Using our custom trip planner, Kingston attractions like Fort Henry (Fort Henry National Historic Site) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • First the fort is amazing in it's own right, but we saw the Fort Garrison and the US Marine Drill team doing their shows, was outstanding  more »
  • Lived in Kingston for years but never went until I had family visiting from out of town. Never saw the reenactment just the normal inside the wall stuff. Didn't get to the shops and stuff outside as w...  more »
  • We have young children so my husband took the tour (of which you can choose the language between French or English). It's a bit hard to visit with young children as there is a lot of talking and stops...  more »
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  • Highly recommend if you enjoy history but it is also just a nice place on the lake if you are not. Great views. Nice restaurant overlooking the lake as well. Well run historical site - reenactments, and well maintained fort. Great parking. Very interesting. If you are going by it is worth the stop.
  • I have watched the Sunset Ceremony at Fort Henry a few times now and highly recommend it to all ages. Since they do shot the canon and the long guns, there is some noise. I have visited many historic sites throughout the world and this one is tops. There is music, a battle, and more.
  • I enjoyed my day here. The view of Kingston is lovely. The guided tour offered a bit of history. If you go on Wednesday during the day, for $5 more you can gain admittance to the night performance with theatre and fireworks. Fort Henry wants to celebrate protecting the land for the British Empire, but they don't want to tick off all the American tourists by being anti-American. Thus, the play has no focus. Going on and on about the music driving the soldiers is also a bit much. Good visuals, however. Lots of muskets and cannons going off. My mother was able to go almost everywhere in a borrowed wheel chair. Just to add, we could not simply sit at the open-air restaurant at 3:30 overlooking the bay because the restaurant was going to open in the evening for a party. Give me a break! At 3:30? THAT was off putting. We had paid for the view with our tickets too!
  • Good sighting and fort. N a student soldier's . talk a about everthing. Nice guy. See you.
  • Fort Henry is definitely worth a visit but it has gotten somewhat lackluster. There are signs of ongoing construction, fencing and heavy equipment on site that ruins the historical illusion and makes the perimeter appear to be ramshackle. The military "parade" was a noble attempt to entertain by a skeleton crew of youngsters, but ultimately it wasn't very convincing. The most interesting part was the special events and administration building next to the fort, which has an interesting modern architectural style, but isn't open to the public. It looks like a lot of the funding went into the new office building for the bigwig managers instead of to the fort itself. You can stroll around the grounds outside the fort and see some nice views.

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