• Canada’s longest-running War of 1812 battle re-enactment taking place at Old Fort Erie
• Experience the Fort under siege and witness over 500 re-enactors tell the story of the War’s bloodiest battle
• Special lantern tours to take place following dramatic nighttime battle on Saturday evening
Fort Erie, ON – The grounds of Old Fort Erie are set to once again play host to Canada’s largest annual War of 1812 battle re-enactment, as the 32nd Annual Siege of Fort Erie takes place on August 12 and 13. Join the Niagara Parks Heritage team and volunteers for the weekend long event that will feature battle re-enactments, demonstrations, historic merchants and more, all taking place on the site of Canada’s bloodiest battlefield.
The action-packed schedule begins both days at 10 a.m. when the Fort and camps are officially opened to the public, followed by a full lineup of battle re-enactments, demonstrations and performances throughout the day. Saturday’s events wrap up with an evening battle scene where hundreds of re-enactors will participate in Drummond’s dramatic Night Assault on the Fort, followed by a 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, August 13, 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 see below a full schedule of events.
Saturday, August 12 Fort Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Welcome Centre Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Battles: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Lantern Tour: 9 p.m.
Sunday, August 13 Fort & Welcome Centre Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Service: 10:30 a.m.; Battle: 1 p.m. *There is no cost to view the battles and walk amongst the camps.
Old Fort Erie is owned and operated by The Niagara Parks Commission. NPC is committed to a vision of Ontario's Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.
Siege of Fort Erie Schedule of Events August 12 - 13, 2017
Hourly tours of the Old Fort Erie start at the Welcome Centre, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, August 12 10:00 a.m. Fort and Camps open to the public 10:30 a.m. South Field – Consecration of the Royal Scots Colours (flags) 11:00 a.m. South Field – Skirmish: “Major Buck’s Surrender” 12:00 p.m. Inside Fort – Surgery in the War of 1812 1:00 p.m. South Field – British Artillery Demonstration 1:45 p.m. South Field – Performance by The Drums Crown Forces 1812 2:00 p.m. South Field – BATTLE: “Chippawa and Lundy’s Lane” 3:00 p.m. Inside Fort – Mini-Militia (for children) 4:00 p.m. Inside Fort – U.S. Artillery Demonstration 5:00 p.m. Fort and Camps will be closed to the public
Saturday Evening 7:30 p.m. Ceremonies 8:00 p.m. South Field – BATTLE- “Drummond’s Night Assault” 9:00 p.m. In the Fort – Lantern tours* – ‘After the Battle’ see the effects of the failed British attack (separate admission applies)
*Separate tickets are required and are available at the Visitor Centre – Admission to the Fort for a tour is $12.50 for an adult (13+) and $8.15 for children (six-12), plus tax. Children under five are free. There is no cost to view the battles and walk amongst camps. All demonstrations Inside the Fort require admission. Last ticket sold is 30 minutes prior to closing.
Sunday, August 13 10:00 a.m. Fort and Camps open to the public 10:30 a.m. South Field – Memorial Service 11:30 a.m. Inside Fort – Mortar Demonstration 12:45 a.m. South Field – Performance by The Drums Crown Forces 1812 1:00 p.m. South Field – BATTLE: “The Sortie” 2:00 p.m. Inside Fort – Mini-Militia (for children) 2:30 p.m. Inside Fort – Artillery Barrage 3:00 p.m. South Field – American Evacuation of the Fort 3:30 p.m. Inside Fort – Musket Demonstration 4:30 p.m. Inside Fort – Cannon Demonstration 5:00 p.m. Fort and camps will be closed to the public.
This schedule is subject to change without notice.