HISTORY: 27th Annual Siege Weekend at Old Fort Erie, Aug. 10 & 11

Posted August 7, 2013  by Bullet News

FORT ERIE – The staff and volunteers at The Niagara Parks Commission’s (NPC) Old Fort Erie are preparing the final details for the Siege of Fort Erie, Canada’s largest battle re-enactment weekend on August 10-11.

Marking the 199th anniversary of this important battle, events will portray the excitement and drama of the War of 1812 with an action packed schedule of events planned for the entire weekend.

As part of the ongoing War of 1812 Bicentennial, 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 full schedule of events.

Hours: Saturday, August 10 Fort Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Battles: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Lantern Tour: 9 p.m.

Sunday, August 11 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. Battles and camps are free.

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, New York. 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. NPC is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.