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Another Great Weekend in the Parks – 25th Annual Siege at Old Fort Erie

This past weekend visitors and re-enactors gathered to celebrate the 25th Annual Siege at Old Fort Erie. This is Canada’s largest battle re-enactment weekend, which portrays the excitement and drama of the War of 1812.  With the addition of a new visitors centre at Old Fort Erie, Niagara Parks was proud to showcase this new facility to the public and help celebrate the enduring peace which has lasted between Canada and its US neighbours since that time.  The Niagara Parks Commission would like to thank its visitors and all those re-enactors that participated in this monumental weekend.

Re-enactors at the Siege

Re-enactors at the Siege

If you did not get a chance to make it to the 25th Annual Siege weekend be sure to make your way to Old Fort Erie soon.  You will be inspired by the new facilities and the history that happened on the grounds of Old Fort Erie.

More upcoming events at Old Fort Erie:

Fridays – June 17 to August 26
Friday Night Frights – Tours start at 9 p.m. – $5
**Note Friday Night Frights will not be running on July 1, July 15, and August 5 due to other events scheduled25th annual Siege at Old Fort Erie
Old Fort Erie – Take an evening stroll at the Fort and be amazed by the many true stories of “Canada’s Bloodiest Battlefield.”

September 2 & 3
Murder Mystery
– Starts at 8pm. – Adults $10 or $15 for two nights, Children (6 – 12) $5 or $8 for two nights. Children 5 and under are free.
The popular event is back with all new suspects, twists and turns! Call ahead to reserve your space.

25th annual Siege at Old Fort Erie 075October 21, 22 & 28, 29
All Hallow’s Eve

Venture into the night at the Fort to experience the scary traditions of Halloween. Reservations are required.

Saturday November 19
Our Festive Fort
Following the Town of Fort Erie Santa Claus Parade. Kids are free and adults half price for this Holiday Open House at Old Fort Erie.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL EVENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
For more information or to make special event reservations, call 905-871-0540.

Please click here for more information on Old Fort Erie including admission rates, hours of operation, and facts.

NIAGARA HERITAGE TRAIL PASS
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For just $18.12 (Adult & Child rate, plus taxes) visitors can explore all 4 Niagara Heritage Trail attractions:   Old Fort Erie, Laura Secord Homestead, McFarland House and the Mackenzie Printery & Newspaper Museum.  Included with the Pass are valuable coupons for discounts at other attractions such as the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory and Sir Adam Beck Power Tours.  The Pass will be on sale from July1 to September 2011.

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25th Annual Siege Weekend at Old Fort Erie

25th Annual Siege of Old Fort Erie
August 6-7, 2011

The staff and volunteers at The Niagara Parks Commission’s (NPC) Old Fort Erie are preparing

Preparing for Battle

Preparing for Battle

the final details for the 25th Annual Siege Weekend at Old Fort Erie on August 6 – 7, 2011. Canada’s largest battle re-enactment weekend portrays the excitement and drama of the War of 1812 with an action packed schedule of events planned for the entire weekend.

Event highlights include battle re-enactments on Saturday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 8 p.m., where hundreds of re-enactors will participate in Drummond’s Night Assault on the Fort. Follow the action up-close and then experience a dramatic Lantern Tour of the Fort under attack at 9 p.m.

A memorial service honouring all of those who fell in battle will be held on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. and the last battle re-enactment of the weekend, the American Sortie will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. Please visit www.niagaraparksheritage.com for full schedule of events.

Hours:

Saturday, August 6 Fort Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Battles: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Lantern Tour: 9 p.m.
Sunday, August 7 Fort Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Memorial Service 10:30 a.m.; Battle 1 p.m.

Admission:
Entrance includes Day Programs or Evening Lantern tour. Battles are free.
Adult: $12.25 (13+), Children (6-12): $7.95 plus tax, Children under 5 are free.

Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth Woodley

Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth Woodley

Located at 350 Lakeshore Road in Fort Erie, Ontario, Old Fort Erie is approximately 30 kilometres (19 miles) or a scenic 20-minute drive south of Niagara Falls and is close to the Peace Bridge from Buffalo, New York. The new Visitor Centre, grounds and the main floor rooms of the Fort are wheelchair accessible.

Old Fort Erie is owned and operated by The Niagara Parks Commission, an Agency of the Government of Ontario. It is NPC’s mission to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while remaining financially self-sufficient.

25th Annual Siege of Old Fort Erie
Schedule of Events

Tours of the Old Fort Erie start at the Welcome Centre, hourly from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
At 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. guides will escort tours to battle site.

Saturday, August 6

10:00 a.m.    Fort and Camps open to the public
11:00 a.m.    South Field – Major Buck’s Surrender & ‘Stars & Stripes’ run up
12:00 p.m.    Inside Fort – Uniforms of the War of 1812
1:00 p.m.    South Field – British Artillery Demonstration
2:00 p.m.    South Field – BATTLE
3:00 p.m.    Camp Displays
4:00 p.m.    Inside Fort – U.S. Artillery Demonstration
6:00 p.m.    Fort and Camps will be closed to the public

Saturday Evening

8:00 p.m.    South Field – BATTLE- Drummond’s night assault on the Fort
9:00 p.m.    In the Fort – Lantern tours* – ‘After the Battle’ see the effects of the Failed British Attack.

*Separate tickets are required and are available at the Gift Shop – regular admission applies. Tours start at the front gate of the Fort.

Sunday, August 7

10:00 a.m.    Fort and Camps open to the public
10:30 a.m.    Memorial Service at the Monument
1:00 p.m.    South Field – BATTLE: ‘U.S. Sortie’
2:00 p.m.    In the Fort – American Evacuation of the Fort & ‘Union Jack’ run up
4:00 p.m.    Camp closed to the public
5:00 p.m.    Fort Closed

Old Fort Erie is owned and operated by The Niagara Parks Commission
No tax dollars are used to maintain this National Historic Site

Schedule subject to change without notice.

History Comes ALIVE at the 24th Annual Siege of Old Fort Erie

Witness Canada’s Largest Battle Re-enactment

The staff and volunteers at Old Fort Erie are preparing the final details for the

Old Fort Erie Battle Re-enactment

Siege of Fort Erie Battle Re-enactment

24th Annual Siege Weekend on August 7 and 8. The Siege of Fort Erie boasts Canada’s largest annual battle re-enactment, recreating the excitement and drama of the War of 1812 on the war’s bloodiest battlefield at Old Fort Erie. An action packed schedule of events is planned throughout the entire weekend.

Highlighted events include battle re-enactments on Saturday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 8 p.m., where hundreds of re-enactors will participate in Drummond’s Night Assault on the Fort. Follow the action up-close and then experience a dramatic Lantern Tour of the Fort

Attack on the Fort!

Attack on the Fort!

Under Attack at 9 p.m.

A memorial service honouring all of those who fell in battle 196 years ago will be held on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m., and the last battle re-enactment, the American Sortie will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Hours:
Saturday, August 7 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Battles: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Lantern Tour: 9 p.m.

Sunday, August 8 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Memorial Service 10:30 a.m.; Battle 1 p.m.

Admission:
Entrance includes Day Programs or Evening Lantern tour. Battles are free. Adult: $9.25 (13+), Children (6-12): $6.00 plus tax, Children under 5 are free.

Located at 350 Lakeshore Road in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada, Old Fort Erie is approximately 30 kilometres (19 miles) or a scenic 20-minute drive south of Niagara Falls and is close to the Peace Bridge from Buffalo, New York. The grounds and the main floor rooms of the buildings are wheelchair accessible. Old Fort Erie will remain open daily until October 10, even after construction on the NEW 1812 Bicentennial Visitor Centre project begins. Stay tuned for the upcoming announcement regarding the ground breaking on this exciting new chapter in the history of Old Fort Erie.

Click Here for the Full Schedule of Events

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