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About Fort Wellington National Historic Site

Fort Wellington National Historic Site

Canada and America weren’t always such good neighbours. In 1812 the United States declared war and the British colony of Upper Canada was particularly vulnerable. Prescott, a settlement on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, was so strategically important to the British that they built Fort Wellington there between 1812 and 1814. Eventually abandoned, it was rebuilt in 1838 to defend against another American threat during the rebellions in Upper and Lower Canada.
Fort Wellington has been remarkably well preserved over the years; today it provides many opportunities for visitors to engage in fascinating educational activities. The blockhouse, officer's quarters and other structures have been restored to their mid-1840s appearance. Staff in period costume offer visitors a taste of what life was like here 200 years ago. 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.



Fort Wellington National Historic Site

370 Vankoughnet St

Prescott, Ontario

K0E 1T0

Tel:  613-925-2896

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