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Fort Wellington

370 Vankoughnet Street, Prescott, Ontario K0E 1T0, Canada
+1 613-925-2896
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Great Visit-Make sure you go!

This fort, built by the British during the war of 1812 to protect shipping routes on the St... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Pam S
Ontario, Canada
Great Visit - Definitely worth a stop

We decided on a whim to stop at Fort Wellington and didn't regret it! First, free admittance as... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ambra D
Gatineau, Canada
via mobile
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Parks Canada protects and presents the cultural heritage and integrity of Fort Wellington on behalf of all Canadians. Open to the public, the fort tells unique and authentic stories, from the War of 1812 up until the First World War, by facilitating real and inspiring visitor experiences. Costumed historical interpreters engage visitors through interpretive talks, presentations and period demonstrations such as cooking over an open fire, rifle and cannon firings, period crafts and games. Special events take place throughout the year and education programs entertain school age children from the area and as far away as Toronto, Ottawa and Kingston. Currently, visitors begin their visit at the Visitor Centre, enjoying exhibits and an orientation video. Visitors then follow the path to the historic site where interpretive staff dressed as soldiers and wives of soldiers bring the site to life. The Barracks Store Gift Shop specializes in merchandise including local arts and crafts, souvenirs, historical publications, period games and clothing. The Prescott Heritage River Trail is a walking trail running along the St. Lawrence for the length of the Fort property. This scenic trail is enhanced with interpretive panels exploring the history of the property and the use of the river as a transhipment route.
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370 Vankoughnet Street, Prescott, Ontario K0E 1T0, Canada
+1 613-925-2896
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This fort, built by the British during the war of 1812 to protect shipping routes on the St. Lawrence River is a definite must visit. They hire locals during tourist season to show what life was like in the 1800's. Even better, admission is FREE...More

Thank Pam S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We decided on a whim to stop at Fort Wellington and didn't regret it! First, free admittance as part of Canada 150 (I knew National Parks were free but somehow expected to have to pay for things like historical monuments). You can either so a...More

Thank Ambra D
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Friendliest staff I have ever encountered. All exhibits were very clean and informative, and friendly historic (knowledge) staff everywhere. Great experience.

Thank g r
Reviewed 15 June 2017

The fort employs people to reenact life in the 19th century. There is a museum to explore as well as the fort itself. They offer ghost walks certain times of the year and they also have a Halloween weekend. Well worth exploring

Thank glennawalkden
Reviewed 7 June 2017

This fort is on the Canada 150 list of historic sites. It has a visitor centre which houses a gift shop, an interesting museum of artifacts, history of the fort and area, as well as a room containing an almost completely intact early 1800's naval...More

Thank Connie654
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Worth a visit. From the highway it looks like they are just working on the fort but it is hiding inside. Large blockhouse with lots of artifacts. Our guide Colleen was excellent making the tour interactive. She was dressed in period costume and explained her...More

Thank Catherine K
Reviewed 14 May 2017

The Fort was not open when we were there, but we walked to it and explored the grounds. I think this would be a great spot to visit when it is open.

Thank MayaH47
Reviewed 2 April 2017

I would pay attention to reasons why it was named Fort Wellington. That was the beginning point of my curiosity. We discovered this place by surprise while stopping near Prescott on our way to Ottawa. We had been stopped at the McDonald's just off the...More

Thank GiudoLocattelli
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Visiting this Fort was a great surprise. Both my kids are young and I was expecting to have to keep them away from everything but the displays were interactive and the staff was awesome. I loved they were in character and helped the children to...More

Thank cmandy13
Reviewed 5 January 2017

As long as I can remember I visit the local Fort Wellington every year. As a child it was a big deal for family dinners at my Aunt Nans and then over to the fort to watch the battle and watch the many people that...More

Thank Sherrydawn
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Barbara B
5 July 2017|
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Response from MayaH47 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. Probably on on grounds if you clean up after them, but likely not in the Fort itself.
28 September 2015|
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Response from Fort W | Property representative |
The Fort is not open year round. It is open in the Fall season from 10am until 5pm on Thursdays to Mondays (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) until Canadian Thanksgiving Monday October 12th.