Old Fort Niagara

A Historic Getaway Just Across the Border

At Old Fort Niagara, it’s easy to lose yourself in the eighteenth century. With six original eighteenth century buildings, extensive fortifications and engaging living history programs, the Fort offers visitors an exciting getaway to the North American frontier. The Fort’s oldest building, the 1726 French Castle, illustrates what life was like for officers, soldiers and civilians stationed at the Fort during tumultuous times. Gazing out the commandant’s window on a clear day, you can even see the Toronto skyline, 27 miles across Lake Ontario.

The French founded Fort Niagara in 1726 and it changed hands five times during its long history, three times by treaty and twice in combat. Today, living history interpreters portray French, British and American soldiers, clothed and equipped as their forebears from the early 18th century through the War of 1812. Visitors to the Fort experience musket and cannon firings, period skills demonstrations and discover how people ate, worked and survived when Lake Ontario was the frontier.

The Fort also offers an extensive schedule of special events. Four large scale reenactments illustrate the Fort’s role in the French and Indian War, The American Revolution and the War of 1812. A full schedule is available on the Fort’s website at oldfortniagara.org. 

• Driving range
• Indoor pool with 100-ft. waterslide
• Indoor mini-putt

• Squash and racquetball courts

• Indoor arcade with pool tables
• Onsite arena with two NHL regulation-size ice rinks
• Two regulation international-size soccer fields

• Outdoor pool

• Hiking trails

• Outdoor fire pit

• Bocce ball court