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Fort Wellington

370 Vankoughnet Street, Prescott, Ontario K0E 1T0, Canada
+1 613-925-2896
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Used to work at the Windmill nearby

I admit, I haven't been back in several years, but Ft Wellington and the Prescott area in general... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2017
Gordon P
Toronto, Canada
via mobile

The Block House was first built during the War of 1812 to defend the St. Lawrence River shipping... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2017
Dorothy C
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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 28 October 2017 via mobile

I admit, I haven't been back in several years, but Ft Wellington and the Prescott area in general is an interesting spot. It's not the original 1812 fort, BTW, it fell into disrepair, and was rebuilt during the rebellions of the 1830s. I spent a...More

Thank Gordon P
Reviewed 10 September 2017

The Block House was first built during the War of 1812 to defend the St. Lawrence River shipping route from attack by the United States, Fort Wellington also helped thwart another American invasion during the 1837-38 Upper and Lower Canada rebellions. The wreck of an...More

Thank Dorothy C
Reviewed 19 August 2017

We actually were looking for a lighthouse (which turned out to be a small one with an ice cream shop, not what we were expecting) and came upon Ft. Wellington. Admission was free, and the young lady in the museum gave us Canada Park passes...More

Thank Pam F
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Loved this cute little fort on the water. A self guided tour is free for Canada 150 pass holders while a guided tour has a fee. We did the self guided and loved it. There are 2 galleries in the visitors center in addition to...More

Reviewed 13 August 2017

We happened upon this fort and decided to check it out. We were pleasantly surprised. It wasn't too large, so we were able to take it all in in a half hour. Being American, it was very interesting to learn some of the Canadian side...More

Thank Catharine H
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Fort Wellington is an excellent historical site to learn about 19th century wars and history in Canada. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Thank brianmdoyle
Reviewed 11 August 2017

We were looking for things to do in Canada while vacationing in upstate New York. Fort Wellington was highly rated on Trip Advisor and the price was right...free. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit! The young people working inside the museum and fort were very friendly,...More

Thank Gators89
Reviewed 6 August 2017

As it was the 150th birthday of Canada we were able to enter for free to this fort. They had lots of displays inside, as well as in the fort. Some people were able to bring up a vessel that was under water for at...More

Thank Robby G C
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Fort Wellington occupies a commanding site over the St Lawrence. It's a well preserved military relic from the early 19th century that really shows what military life must have been like at that time. Don't miss the remains of an early gun boat in the...More

Thank Ken B
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Fantastic guided tour! Thank you Camren for making it memorable and very historically informative. Fun at the same time. Definitely want to pay the minimal price for the guided tour by a reenacted soldier and soldiers wife.

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Barbara B
4 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.