Niagara Parks preparing for Canada’s largest battle re-enactment
Bullet News file photo by John Robbins.
FORT ERIE – Staff at the Niagara Parks Commission’s (NPC) Old Fort Erie are preparing the final details for the 26th Annual Siege Weekend at Old Fort Erie, to be held on Aug. 11-12.
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 a full schedule of events.
Saturday, Aug. 11
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, Aug. 12
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. Adult: $12.25 (13+), Children (6-12): $7.95 plus tax, Children under 5 free. There is no cost to view the re-enactments and walk amongst the camps.
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, N.Y.. 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.