Trip Planner:   Canada  /  Ontario  /  Prescott  /  Historic Sites  /  Fort Wellington National Historic Site
Fort Wellington National Historic Site, Prescott
(4.7/5 based on 80 reviews on the web)
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.
For travelers who use our international travel planner, Prescott holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Fort Wellington National Historic Site and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Source
Create a full Prescott itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Prescott

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Ontario by other users

49 days in Canada BY A USER FROM CANADA June, kids, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, kids, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Canada BY A USER FROM CANADA February, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: February, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Ontario BY A USER FROM CANADA December, relaxing, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: December, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in Toronto & New York City BY A USER FROM ISRAEL August, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Canada BY A USER FROM SPAIN February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Ottawa BY A USER FROM CANADA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Niagara Falls & United States BY A USER FROM INDIA April, teens, kids, relaxing, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, teens, kids, relaxing, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Canada BY A USER FROM NIGERIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in Canada BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Bangkok & Ottawa BY A USER FROM CANADA January, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Canada BY A USER FROM CANADA December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Canada BY A USER FROM CANADA December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Great place to spend a summer day when they are re-enacting the wars of 1812. A lot of history and a lot of work done to make it as close to reality. It is also a place full of North American history. 
  • A wonderful step back in time to the War of 1812! Crafts, cannon and occassional battle re-enactments. Period costume clad presenters give wonderful tours through the fort and answer all your question...  more »
  • Remains of a gunboat in the center of reception and information relevant to this topic. Good setting the context (war of 1812 in the region). Tour the blockhouse. No guided tour but one guide per floor (in costume time). Good reconstruction of places and the surroundings of the blockhouse. Interesting info about the lives of the soldiers and their families (incredible, crowding). Although I've seen them all, it is the most complete tour of blockhouse I've seen along the St. Lawrence. Bilingual written info, some bilingual guides. Less than $4 per person, not far from the highway. Website for activities, days and hours of operation (variables or closed depending on the season).
    View original
Google
  • My son attended Fort Kids this summer, which was available every Tuesday with a different theme and various activities during the day. I think this was his favourite summer activity. He is already looking forward to signing up next year. Thank you to all the amazing staff participating in this program.
  • Very nice visit which is not expensive and those who have the cultural past will come free of charge. If you speak french they will try to accommodate you. The staff is very friendly. In the fort staff is in period costume and you can visit the fort from bottom to top. It looks small from the outset, but by reading all the signs you can easily stay there 2 hours.
    View original