Fort Henry, Kingston
About Fort Henry, Kingston
Fort Henry, Kingston - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
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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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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I enjoyed my day here. The view of Kingston is lovely. The guided tour offered a bit of history. If you go on Wednesday during the day, for $5 more you can gain admittance to the night performance with theatre and fireworks. Fort Henry wants to celebrate protecting the land for the British Empire, but they don't want to tick off all the American tourists by being anti-American. Thus, the play has no focus. Going on and on about the music driving the soldiers is also a bit much. Good visuals, however. Lots of muskets and cannons going off. My mother was able to go almost everywhere in a borrowed wheel chair. Just to add, we could not simply sit at the open-air restaurant at 3:30 overlooking the bay because the restaurant was going to open in the evening for a party. Give me a break! At 3:30? THAT was off putting. We had paid for the view with our tickets too!
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.
Not much to see in the Fort itself but it's nicely organized and staff is very friendly as well as very well trained. The must see is a view from the restaurants. You do not need a ticket to the museum to enjoy this breathtaking view.
Huge site with so much to do and see. Guided tours are great but they use the same script every year. The real treat is watching the Gaurd perform their drills and parades. You just can't get cooler than 19th century weapons. Still, St. Lawrence Parks is not necessarily as committed to historical accuracy as I'd like them to be. There are many historical mistakes in costumes, performances and general interpretation. Often they sacrifice accuracy to look cooler. If you can stomach that, it's still definitely worth the price of admission. (It's also super haunted).
I went to the fort tonight with a my mother a friend of hers and my fiancé and having been there many times in tje past this visit was dull and a disappointment in comparison. In short it's good but not great like it once was. The food was amazing, perfectly cooked all around. That and the friendly prompt service is the same. However it was way better a few years back when you had an officer cadet in uniform serve you and tell you that you're high ranking officers and they must serve you. That little bit of class and theatre was greatly missed. On top of that however there amazing combinations for a 3 course meal are gone. You used to be able to choose from a couple of appetizers a few mains and a few deserts. Each carefully selected to ensure it would complement whatever combination you made. The fact these two great things are gone is why I'm giving it 3 stars instead of 5.
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