The Niagara region is rich with history, from Fort Erie to Niagara-on-the-Lake, and there are many historic sites, churches, military forts, and architecture dedicated to exploring it. Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort Erie were both sites of significant battles during the War of 1812. That’s exactly why Amber and I decided to start our adventures visiting Fort George.
As a Niagara Falls local, I remember visiting Fort George in elementary school so I was excited to go back. I had forgotten how nice of a drive going out to Niagara-on-the-Lake was. The roads are quite and beautifully lined with forest and glimpses of the Niagara River below.
When we arrived about 30 minutes later, we parked for free (later discovered it is $5.90/car, I guess we lucked out that we didn’t get towed). We walked past a school group and were pretty tempted to join in on their tour, but we didn’t. The fort area is rather large inside with 8 beautifully restored buildings. You are able to walk around the fort and check out the different informational stations at your own pace, with costumed staff around to give more insight. Amber took the time to read more of the fun facts than I did; she’s a little more into history than I am.
My favourite part was when a group of soldiers walked by. If you ask Amber she’ll tell you that it actually scared me a little bit- I was just pretending. I ended up getting a picture with a handsome soldier, didn’t catch his name. Although we didn’t get the chance to see them, there are also regular military and military music demonstrations that would definitely be exciting.
It’s in a great location to check out many of the fruit stands along the way, the Laura Secord Homestead or one of the many wineries. Stay tuned for these adventures in the future!