Fort Henry, Kingston
Fort Henry - A Quick Overview[Contribute/Review]
Address: Kingston, Ontario, ON, Canada
Ticket Price: 17 USD
Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
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About Fort Henry, Kingston
A designated National Historic Site of Canada and recently a UNESCO World Heritage site, Fort Henry is a stunning fort that dates back to 1812, when it was originally built. Presently administered by Parks Canada, the military interpreters conduct presentations and tours of the fort that exhibit British military life. But you could also explore the fort on your own pace. Other activities and demonstrations include historical reenactments of drills and battle tactics, the Garrison Parade, the Victorian School Room, and the Muster Parade, where young visitors are dressed in period uniforms and taught to march by a qualified member of the Guard.
The Sunset Ceremony that is held every Wednesday and Saturday in July and August, is a brilliant show where a full program of historic drill, music and artillery is presented. For some adrenaline and creeps, participate in one of the many ghost walks that are conducted by many tour companies.
Fort Henry Information
- The sunset military ceremony is a memorable experience. Do try and catch it if you can.
- Timings vary according to the program schedule of the season.
Fort Henry Ticket Prices
- Premium Passport (all year season pass) Adult $62.95; Senior $49.95; Youth $43.95.
How To reach Fort Henry by Public Transport
- Bus: 6 Niagara Park Drive (south side) (12)
Restaurants Near Fort Henry
- Tim Hortons
- Dox Restaurant
- Tir Nan Og
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Fort Henry, Kingston Reviews
Highly recommend if you enjoy history but it is also just a nice place on the lake if you are not. Great views. Nice restaurant overlooking the lake as well. Well run historical site - reenactments, and well maintained fort. Great parking. Very interesting. If you are going by it is worth the stop.
Didn't know that you could host private events here but you can. Contact them to find out how. We had a very nice dinner event there with Queen's university. I believe the catering was brought in from offsite.
I have watched the Sunset Ceremony at Fort Henry a few times now and highly recommend it to all ages. Since they do shot the canon and the long guns, there is some noise. I have visited many historic sites throughout the world and this one is tops. There is music, a battle, and more.
Fort Henry is definitely worth a visit but it has gotten somewhat lackluster. There are signs of ongoing construction, fencing and heavy equipment on site that ruins the historical illusion and makes the perimeter appear to be ramshackle. The military "parade" was a noble attempt to entertain by a skeleton crew of youngsters, but ultimately it wasn't very convincing. The most interesting part was the special events and administration building next to the fort, which has an interesting modern architectural style, but isn't open to the public. It looks like a lot of the funding went into the new office building for the bigwig managers instead of to the fort itself. You can stroll around the grounds outside the fort and see some nice views.
This is one of my favorite museum / historic site to visit. Not only is it very interesting for its history they also use the site for other interesting events, such as Lumina Borealis that is on as I write this. Visit and visit again.