First built during the War of 1812 to defend the St. Lawrence River shipping route from attack by the United States, Fort Wellington also helped thwart another American invasion during the 1837-38 Upper and Lower Canada rebellions. Explore the wreck of an 1812-era gunboat, try on a costume and take part in military drill, witness a cannon firing, savour period treats cooked over an open fire, or play games from long ago. For more information, please visit the following Parks Canada website. In addition, please enjoy this Guide to Fort Wellington & Vicinity booklet.

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Fort Wellington National Historic Site of Canada 2018
Free Entry for Youth 17 & Under

Special Events

May 5 Fort Town Night Run
Unlock different historic sites in an evening 1k, 5k and 10k through historic Prescott. Race begins and ends at Fort Wellington.

May 19 & 20 Opening Day: War of 1812 Garrison Weekend
Be the first to visit Fort Wellington for the 2018 season and see War of 1812 soldiers occupying the Fort.

May 26 Artillery Day
200 year old cannons and modern howitzers will be blasting throughout the day! Meet current military members of the 30th Field Artillery whose forbearers once held down the fort.

June 9 Law Enforcement Torch Ride
11:00am to 2:00pm
A fundraiser for Special Olympics Ontario featuring activities, a barbecue, and cannon firings. Special Olympics 50th Anniversary 2018.

June 24 St. Lawrence Valley Car Club Car Show
Annual car show on the grounds of Fort Wellington.

July 1 Canada Day Celebration
10:00am to 4:00pm
Discover and celebrate Canada at Fort Wellington with a traditional cannon firing and family fun. Join in children’s activities, historic demonstrations and refreshments.

July 4 RCMP Musical Ride
Fort Wellington, is proud to present the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride. A Canadian tradition since 1876, a troop of 32 scarlet coated “Mounties” on majestic black horses present a 30 minute show of intricate figures and cavalry drills choreographed to music.
Admission by donation.

July 7 Historic Places Day
National day dedicated to celebrating Canada’s historic places.

July 10 to August 14 Fort Kids
Tuesdays 10:30am to 3:30pm
Enlist as a British soldier! In this one-day program children experience life as it was at Fort Wellington in the 1840s. Special children’s activities: period crafts, games and cooking.
Call to register: (613) 925-2896. Program Fee $22.00

July 12, 26 & August 24 Whisky Tasting
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Let Sylvain Bouffard guide your senses through whisky tasting and food pairing. Learn about whisky making and explore techniques or whisky sampling in a historic setting.
Call to register: (613) 925-2896. Program Fee TBD

July 19 - 21 Live History Presents: 1812 In Time
Lives are at stake; history could be changed. Will you be In Time?
Program fee

June to August Cannon Program: You Can Do the Firing at Fort Wellington!
Advance registration required
Enlist in the Royal Artillery for a day! Recruits will spend their time training to be a member of the cannon crew. This experience includes hands-on involvement and a souvenir.
Program Fee: $73.60 *Participants must be 18+ years.

June to August Guided Tours: The River, Rebels and Rifles
Daily, 11:00am & 1:30pm
Be escorted on a journey back in time with a soldier or his wife who will share exciting tales and tastes of the fort’s past. Explore the fort’s history and features during an engaging 1 hour tour with a guide in historic costume. Program Fee $7.30

Sept 6 to Oct 8 Fall Fun at the Fort
10:00am to 5:00pm, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
It’s your last chance to visit Fort Wellington for the 2018 season! Take advantage of the site in its quieter times with a free self-guided visit.