Fort Wellington National Historic Site is a historic military fortification located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River at Prescott, Ontario. It was originally built in 1813 on land owned by Major Edward Jessup, a prominent Loyalist from Connecticut who founded Prescott in 1784.ConstructionFort Wellington was commissioned by the British government during the War of 1812 to protect the head of the Gallop Rapids in the St. Lawrence River. Prior to the creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway in the 1950s, a series of rapids ran downriver from Prescott to Montreal. Shipping of freight and passengers on regular lake ships was impossible through these rapids, and so freight and passengers who travelled downriver to Prescott from Kingston would be "forwarded" to smaller bateaux which could travel through the rapids. Likewise, freight travelling upriver from Montreal would be unloaded from smaller bateaux and loaded onto larger lake ships for carriage upriver. At the time, the Rideau Canal had not been constructed and the colony's road network was primitive. The only means of shipping heavy cargo and passengers into the Great Lakes from the lower St. Lawrence was by way of Prescott.Since Prescott is located only a mile from the town of Ogdensburg, New York, it was especially vulnerable to military action by the United States Army. As a communications hub upon which the rest of the colony of Upper Canada relied, the town had to be defended.Use our Prescott trip planning site to add Fort Wellington and other attractions to your Prescott vacation plans.
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Fort Wellington Reviews
Came a as a family, we had 4 kids with us and they had a great time. The interactive program was interesting and doubled as a self guided tour. The kids loved it and got prizes at the end for completi... more »
Another stop thanks to the Canada 150 parks pass, I think this was my favourite. Plenty of information on the history and life at the fort. The staff were amazing and very well informed. The musket de... more »
I admit, I haven't been back in several years, but Ft Wellington and the Prescott area in general is an interesting spot. It's not the original 1812 fort, BTW, it fell into disrepair, and was rebuilt ... more »
Great value. Entry is very inexpensive. I had a lot of fun wondering around and the staff's costumes really make you feel like you're back in time.
A great little fort though my favourite part was the visitors centre and the recovered shipwreck housed there. It's definitely worth stopping into if you're near the area. Ask lots of questions! And it's kind of interesting to go down the street a bit to find the Windmill where the Battle of the Windmill with Nils Von Schultz took place.
Interesting fort construction, sad staff lack of interaction. Wouldn't demonstrate on toys (they sell) work, and too busy visiting with each other instead of explaining the unique aspects of the rooms. Maybe they forgot what they are paid to do? Please put individual staff into key rooms/buildings to help explain key points. Missing unique xplorer tags. Only worth a stop if you are in area.
Super friendly staff very willing to interact with kids and answer questions. Relaxed atmosphere and plenty of artifacts (wooden toys, costumes, etc.) to touch. The displays are informative. This was a spontaneous stop and it was worth it!
Beautiful park trail. Walk along the water, you can see the bridge and waterfront of the U.S.A. nice clean marina.
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