Monday, April 16, 2012

Canada's Bloodiest Battlefield

Old Fort Erie is a place that is of particular appeal right now, as Canada and America prepare to celebrate 200 years of peace, and to mark the end of the War of 1812.

The original Fort Erie was built by the British in 1764, and was improved into the Fort you can visit today in 1805-1807. Over the next seven years, the fort was fought over by both American and British troops, changing hands and being partially destroyed. It was witness to brutal combat that resulted in huge losses on both sides.
Old Fort Erie was the first fort built in Ontario by the British - in 1764 during Pontiac’s Rebellion. The fort was abandoned by American troops in 1814, and subsequently occupied by Britisth troups after the Treaty of Ghent brought an end to the War of 1812. The fort lay in ruins for years, until the Niagara Parks had it rebuilt as a make work project during the Great Depression in 1939. Fort Erie remains Canada's bloodiest battlefield, and stands today as a brilliant and authentic replica of military and domestic life as it was lived in Canada from 1812 to about 1814.

The fort is a truly fascinating place to visit, both entertaining and informative. There are tours of the grounds and the buildings, weekly 'ghost tours', battle recreations, and costumed guides. A perfect destintion for a family outing.
If you are interested in a bit of a fright, consider the following special events at the Fort:
Murder Mystery at Old Fort Erie: September 10 & 11 at 7pm
Experience a murder most foul in the creepy interior of the old stone fort. A different story each night - Friday: "Militia Muster" Saturday: "Wedding in the Fort". Exciting prizes to be won! Adults 13+ $10 per night or $15 for both; Children 6-12 $5 per night or $8 for both. Tours will depart from the front gate of the Fort. Please call for reservations 905-871-7211.