To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, Parks Canada Discovery Pass gives you free admission to all Parks Canada locations. We visited the Fort George National Historical Site this summer to join the celebration.
It’s located in the Victorian town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, about 2 hours drive from Toronto. It’s built in the 19th Century by the British as a military post to defend against the American attacks. I love to learn about the history and how’s the life of the people living in the past.
Although everyone gets in free, we first need to go to the visitor centre to get a silver coin as a token to get in the fort. We barely caught the amazing demonstration performed by the decoratively uniformed 41st Regiment Fife and Drum Corps. Fife and Drum Corps played an important role in the army. They play signals, wake-up calls and alarms for soldiers routine, as well as popular music on the march. It’s a sunny summer day, I really appreciate the effort of the costumed demonstrators to perform us the 18th and early 19th century classic music on this hot day.
After watching the fife and drum performance, the musket shooting sound caught our attention. Fort George is the closest place from Toronto where you can get this hands on experience of firing a musket. It’s a rare chance we didn’t want to miss and it’s unforgettable! Before you fire a musket, you need to dress like a soldier by putting on the red coat and tall black hat…. also for safety reasons you need to put on goggles and earplugs. Although it’s only firing gun powder, I have never fired any weapon before and this experience blew my mind!
Note that this activity costs extra ($12), and you got to see this funny scene of a 18th century soldier holding a credit card machine to make the transaction. 😆
We continued exploring the fort and got into the kitchen to sample blueberry cake made from an antique recipe. Perfect timing for an afternoon snack! 😋
It tasted super yummy! I am very impressed by the demonstrators who cooked this tasty cake in this old fashioned kitchen! As I was there watching him using an ancient knife to cut the blueberry cake, I felt like I step back in time.
We moved on, walked deeper into the fort and discovered this door into the tunnel. It leads us to this tower with narrow openings that we got to see these framed picturesque 360° scenery surround the fort! It’s a watchtower for observing the surroundings to keep an eye on any enemy attacks and pointing the muskets out to counterattack.
This wrapped up our pleasant visit of the Fort George as their closing time approached at 5 pm. We really enjoyed our afternoon there and recommended you all to visit this historic site. Learn more of our country’s history, experience the life of our ancestors, appreciate all the resources we are having now and reserve so that it will last for our future generations. 😌
Mon-Sun 10 am-5 pm, May-Oct
Sat-Sun 10 am-5 pm Apr and Nov
Sat-Sun 12 noon-4 pm Dec-Mar
Free in 2017 to celebrate Canada 150th birthday
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