Old Fort Erie
Old Fort Erie
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Queenofkenway
Mississauga, Canada3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
We were biking by and dropped in. We were informed by the tour guide that we need to go and buy tickets for a tour. Seeing that we had our bikes we decided to skip the tour. We did get a quick background from the guide which we appreciated.
Written September 5, 2020
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PhotoDudeIII
Toronto, Canada106 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Have been to a few old forts in my day, and Old Fort Erie sadly wasn't one of the better ones. The movie they play before you start your guided tour is quite good, and that was the highlight of the visit. Tour was fine, if a bit rushed. But you don't see much of the fort itself. The history of the fort is quite interesting, so not a waste of time, but it could be better. On a side note, the Gift shop has some unique items. If your in the Niagara area, and you are pressed for time, Fort George is a better choice.
Written December 26, 2023
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chanles
Saint-Vallier, Canada18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Very interesting visit! Lots of great information from our guide Adam.
There is an Interactive exhibit in the Welcome Centre and a theatre with a short movie at the beginning to explain the history.
Plan on 1h30 for the visit.
Written August 5, 2023
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Maurene_K
Dover, NH11,931 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Friends
Visiting Canada with some of my friends from home, we were taken on a daytrip organized by our Canadian friends. Our first stop was at Old Fort Erie a/k/a Fort Erie National Historic Site of Canada.

This historic fort had been on my Must See List for several years. I finally got to check it off on this daytrip.

We started at the Welcome Centre where there were interactive exhibits providing background on the fort. In the lobby, there was a small art exhibit with some interesting sculptures as well as a gift shop and a well-stocked snack bar. There was also a theater that showed a short film.

Our group went through the fort with a tour guide named Justin. He was excellent.

En route over to the fort, we stopped at a memorial dedicated to the militia.

‎From Jason, we learned that the present day fort was built from 1805–1808. The original was built in 1764.

Approaching the fort, one could see that it was strategically placed on a small hill above Lake Erie at the entrance to the Niagara River.

This fort was the first one built by the British as part of a plan to add fortifications along waterways to protect their territory. Fort Erie had three batteries. Two weren’t that well-placed, but the third was.

Justin also told us that Fort Erie was the site of the bloodiest battle in the history of Canada. It occurred during the War of 1812. The British lost about 1,000 men. During that war, possession of the fort changed a few times. It was abandoned in 1814 by the Americans, who withdrew their forces to Buffalo, NY.

During our tour, we saw how the fort soldiers lived. We toured their barracks.

There was a commemorative plaque titled “Capture of the Ohio and Somers.” That took place in August of 1814. The nighttime raid was the last naval engagement on the Great Lakes in the War of 1812.

We also saw artifacts for that era. Some were medical devices.

There were some reenactors in authentic uniforms who gave a demonstration of firing their rifles as part of a drill reenactment.

During our tour, a woman in 1800's dress arrived. She’d be doing some demonstrations. She had on a fancy bonnet that was quite fascinating. I took a close-up photo of it. Other lady reenactors had treated us to cookies, baked on a hearth, that were made from an old recipe. They were delicious and tasted much better than the similar packaged cookies we eat today because they were freshly-baked that morning with all-natural ingredients and no preservatives.

Overall, the fort was in pretty good condition.

Touring the fort as it was restored to the 1813-1814 period was a great experience at stepping back in time at a historic site.

I toured this fort with two friends who are also historians. As historians, we rate Old Fort Erie at 5.0. And, our whole group highly recommends a visit.

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Written December 13, 2018
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2018Traveller66
Ottawa, Canada6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
During our stay in Niagara Falls, we drove out to visit Old Fort Erie. It was disappointing because so much more could be done with this site to educate visitors as to its history. The exhibition in the visitors' building is little more than a hodge-podge of militaria, lots of which is completely unrelated to the War of 1812. The few people working on site did not seem as well-read as they ought to be about the role of a fort like Ft. Erie, or its actual history, beyond a cereal-box retelling of events.

We left the tour shortly after it started because I was unimpressed with the answers to the questions being posed by other adult visitors. I took my wife and daughters around the fort and explained what the various parts were and what they were designed to do in a siege, and I explained the significance of the site itself. But...I was not being paid to do that.

If you are going to visit, my advice is, at a minimum, read about Ft. Erie's history before doing so.
Written August 19, 2018
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Kirk Z
Springboro, OH32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
Take the tour, it made a big difference on the visit. Even our daughter who isn’t big on history enjoyed it. The guide was very engaging and had a lot of enthusiasm about the information he was sharing. Guide gave us information you can’t find if you walked it alone.
Written June 30, 2019
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Munjo
Fredonia, NY2,646 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a wonderful historical fort which is often overlooked

I have been here many times with my kids over the years. It is a wonderful preserve small, very significant historical site. The small museum displays are excellent. Sadly, most tourist drive right by and head to the Falls missing some of the most important things in the area including this fort. Take the family, they will learn and appreciate it
Written November 9, 2014
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jbeans1227
St. Louis, Missouri159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014
What a great place to tour! We knew very little about the history of this area during the War of 1812 and learned quite a bit. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and happy to chat and answer questions. They're dressed in period clothing and we got to see a black powder rifle demo. Fun! It's a very well done tour. A short movie starts the tour and it ends with a visit through a small museum. Follow the signs carefully and you'll find the Fort. The road to it is right at the entrance to the Peace Bridge back into the States so read carefully. Across the road from the Fort is a nice place to view Buffalo from across the lake. Great photo opportunity!
Written June 30, 2014
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Gina A
Los Altos, CA24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
We ended up staying here way longer than we expected to---about 4 hours in all by the time we watched the video, ate lunch, and got a few items at the gift shop. There were two exciting demonstrations, muskets and cannons, and a great narrated tour of the barracks and the rest of the site. Plus a museum with exhibits highighting bios of individual soldiers on both sides of the War of 1812, which really made their experiences real. All the staff were very knowledgeable and friendly (without being at all arrogant). I highly recommend this site to anyone who likes history.
Written June 20, 2014
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Jennifer G
Frisco, TX239 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Friends
Historic Fort Erie is about a 30 minute drive from Niagara Falls and it's worth the trip. The admission price includes a movie and a guided tour. Be sure to take advantage of the guided tour - it's both fun and informative. Our tour guide did an excellent job and he was very knowledgeable. It was a great learning experience.
Written August 6, 2012
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