Fort Wellington National Historic Site Prescott
Where is it at?
Fort Wellington National Historic Site
370 Vankoughnet St
Tel: 613 925-2812
Where are we going today?
Kids, what if we told you there was a place where history came to life. This was a place where you could witness cannons firing, and you could take part in a military drill in full military dress?
Well, if you were to visit the Fort Wellington National Historic Site, you can do just that!
Located on the St. Lawrence River, this fascinating national historic site was built back during the War of 1812 to defend the shipping route along the river from the US. It also helped to defend against another US invasion during the 1930s too!
Now, you can spend the day exploring it's history, learning all about the amazing things that happened there, AND take part in some pretty cool activities!
The fort has been preserved over the years, so you can still imagine what it would have been like back when it was being utlised. You can stroll through the fort with informative costumed historical interpreters, or you can learn how to load a cannon! Ready...aim...FIRE!
If you want to learn another new skill, why not try cooking over an open fire? Kids can even take part in a fun scavenger hunt, or enroll in a full day program where they can keep the fun and learning going!
Parents, you will love the whisky tasting event too!
Don't miss the Fort Wellington National Historic Site during summer time, because junior time travellers can experience the War of 1812 AND the 1840 Rebellion in person! They have Fort Kids programs, which all encourage imagination, adventure, and allow them to discover history!
So why not spend the day in the 19th century at this fascinating fort - you never know what you might learn!
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 5 yaers
When can we go?
10am - 5pm.
Closed Tues & Wed from Victoria Day to Canada Day, then Labour Day to Thanksgiving
It's a great place for the students! Just give them a call to arrange your guided tour, and speak to staff about the programs you can enjoy.
Any Top Tips?
You can pay for guided tours of the site on weekends in July and August at a small extra cost. They also have enhanced programs too.
Need a little extra help?
The visitor centre is fully accessible, and there are accessible washrooms and parking spots too. All pathways on the site are perfect for wheelchairs, but the second and third floor in the Block House are steps unfortunately. There is a video of the upstairs on the ground level.
Can I get one of those?
There is a gift shop in the visitors centre where you can pick up great souvenirs and merchandise. .
Don't miss the video int he visitors centre!.
What people are saying?
by Sandrine P
Très belle visite qui ne coûte pas cher et ceux qui ont le passe culturel entreront gratuitement. Si vous parlez français ils essayeront de vous accommoder. Le personnel est très sympathique. Dans le fort le personnel est en costume d'époque et on peut visiter le fort de bas en haut. Ça à l'air petit de prime abord mais en lisant toutes les pancartes vous pouvez y rester facilement 2h.