Siege of Fort Erie Re-Enactment Weekend

Fort Erie, ON – The staff and volunteers at The Niagara Parks Commission’s (NPC) Old Fort Erie are preparing the final details for the annual Siege of Fort Erie, Canada’s largest battle re-enactment weekend on August 8 and 9. Marking the 201st anniversary of this important battle, events will portray the excitement and drama of the War of 1812 with an action packed schedule of events planned for the entire weekend.

Event highlights include battle re-enactments that will take place on Saturday, August 8, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 8 p.m., where hundreds of re-enactors will participate in Drummond’s Night Assault on the Fort. Follow the action up-close and then experience a dramatic Lantern Tour of the Fort under attack at 9 p.m.

A memorial service honouring all of those who fell in battle will be held on Sunday morning August 9, at 10:30 a.m. and the last battle re-enactment of the weekend, the American Sortie, will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. Please visit www.niagaraparksheritage.com for the full schedule of events.

Hours:

Saturday, August 8
Fort Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Battles: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Lantern Tour: 9 p.m.

Sunday, August 9
Fort Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Memorial Service 10:30 a.m.; Battle 1 p.m.

Admission:
Viewing the battles and walking amongst the camps is free.
Entrance includes Day Programs or Evening Lantern tour.
Adult: $12.25 (13+), Children (6-12): $7.95 plus tax, Children under 5 free.

Located at 350 Lakeshore Road in Fort Erie, Ontario, Old Fort Erie is approximately 30 kilometres (19 miles) or a scenic 20-minute drive south of Niagara Falls and is close to the Peace Bridge from Buffalo, New York. The Visitor Centre, grounds and the main floor rooms of the Fort are wheelchair accessible.

Old Fort Erie is owned and operated by The Niagara Parks Commission. NPC is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.

Siege of Fort Erie -Schedule of Events

Hourly tours of the Old Fort Erie start at the Welcome Centre, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., heritage guides will escort tours to the battle site.

Saturday, August 8
10:00 a.m. Fort and Camps open to the public
11:00 a.m. South Field – Major Buck’s Surrender & ‘Stars & Stripes’ run up
12:00 p.m. Inside Fort – Uniforms of the War of 1812
1:00 p.m. South Field – British Artillery Demonstration
2:00 p.m. South Field – BATTLE
3:00 p.m. Mini-Militia (for children)
4:00 p.m. Inside Fort – U.S. Artillery Demonstration
5:00 p.m. Fort and Camps will be closed to the public

Saturday Evening
8:00 p.m. South Field – BATTLE – Drummond’s night assault on the Fort
9:00 p.m. In the Fort – Lantern tours* – ‘After the Battle’ see the effects of the Failed British Attack.
*Separate tickets are required and are available at the Visitor Centre – Admission to the Fort for a tour is $12.25 for an adult (13+) and $7.95 for children (six-12), plus tax. Children under five are free. Tours start at the Visitor Centre. There is no cost to view the battles and walk amongst camps.

Sunday, August 9
10:00 a.m. Fort and Camps open to the public
10:30 a.m. Memorial Service in the South Field
1:00 p.m. South Field – BATTLE: ‘U.S. Sortie’
2:00 p.m. Mini-Militia (for children)
2:30 p.m. Artillery Barrage
4:00 p.m. Camp closed to the public
5:00 p.m. Fort Closed

This schedule is subject to change without notice.
Please visit www.niagaraparksheritage.com for updates.

Parapan Am Games Torch Relay to Include Niagara Parks Falls Incline Railway

The Niagara Parks Commission is pleased to announce that Table Rock Centre and its Falls Incline Railway have been selected as one of two starting points for the upcoming Parapan Am Games Torch Relay, which will begin on Monday August 3, 2015.

The TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games Torch Relay will be a five-day inspirational journey, covering over 700 kilometres and including 250 torchbearers. A first in torch relay history, two separate Parapan Am flames will be lit in special ceremonies to be held on the Civic Holiday Monday – one at Table Rock Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario and the other in Ottawa, Ontario. The Parapan Am flames will then travel simultaneously towards Toronto and unite on August 6, before completing the final segment of the journey as one flame. The flame, a symbol of unity, hope and promise will light the way to the Opening Ceremony of the Parapan Am Games on Friday, August 7 in Toronto.

As the starting point for the Niagara or western portion of the Parapan Am torch relay, The Niagara Parks Commission will be hosting a special flame lighting ceremony which will include its newly renovated and fully accessible Falls Incline Railway. As a result, one carriage of the Falls Incline Railway will be closed to the public between 10:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., to facilitate the arrival of the Parapan Am torchbearers that will be taking part in the ceremony and the initial journey of the flame as it departs Table Rock Centre.

Help us celebrate the lighting of the flame for the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games Torch Relay on Monday August 3, between 10:45 a.m. and 11:40 a.m. at Table Rock Centre, after which time a number of torchbearers will relay down the Niagara Parkway. In addition, free family activities will be taking place throughout the day at the new Lower Incline or Pan and Parapan Am Games Plaza, as we celebrate the nations and athletes from the Americas, taking part in these games.

Niagara Parks Celebrates Simcoe Day at Mackenzie Printery

Queenston, ON – The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) is proud to announce the return of its Simcoe Day celebrations at the Mackenzie Printery in Queenston, Ontario.

Celebrate the Civic Holiday, also known as ‘Simcoe Day’, or ‘Emancipation Day’ in the African Canadian community, which honours the first Lieutenant Governor of this province. Join us during the holiday weekend of August 1 – 3, where the Mackenzie Printery will be featuring the works of Upper Canada’s first Lieutenant Governor, John Graves Simcoe and how he shaped the future of Ontario.

See the oldest wooden press in Canada, where Upper Canada’s first King’s Printer, Louis Roy printed some of the first government documents produced in the province, including laws such as the Emancipation Act of 1793. This interactive museum also offers the opportunity for guests to operate a 19th century cast-iron flatbed press and an early 20th century jobbing press, allowing you to print your own bookmark and customized poster.

The Mackenzie Printery is located at 1 Queenston Street, Queenston, Ontario, just a 15 minute drive north of the Falls on the scenic Niagara Parkway. Admission for adults is $6, while the charge for children (six to 12 years) is $3.90. Children five years and under are admitted free at all Niagara Parks attractions. The Mackenzie Printery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with free parking available on-site. For more information, please call (905) 262-5676.

For only $20.14, you can visit all of Niagara Parks’ heritage sites, when you purchase the Niagara Heritage Trail Pass. The Pass can be obtained at any of NPC’s heritage attractions: The Mackenzie Printery, Laura Secord Homestead, McFarland House or Old Fort Erie. The Pass is also available online at: www.niagaraparks.com.

Job Opportunity: Digital Media Coordinator

The Niagara Parks Commission operates like a city within a city, and is one of the largest employers in the Niagara Region, with over 1,600 full time and seasonal employees! Our team is comprised of energetic and friendly staff who provide our visitors from around the world with exceptional quality service. Our professional and dynamic team thrive in a fast-paced environment and enjoy working with people.

We are always looking for enthusiastic individuals who share our mission of preserving the nature and heritage of the Niagara River corridor and who are interested in growing their career with a company dedicated to conserving Niagara’s natural wonders and inspiring people world-wide.

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Job Opportunity: Assistant Superintendent, School of Horticulture

The Niagara Parks Commission operates like a city within a city, and is one of the largest employers in the Niagara Region, with over 1,600 full time and seasonal employees! Our team is comprised of energetic and friendly staff who provide our visitors from around the world with exceptional quality service. Our professional and dynamic team thrive in a fast-paced environment and enjoy working with people.

We are always looking for enthusiastic individuals who share our mission of preserving the nature and heritage of the Niagara River corridor and who are interested in growing their career with a company dedicated to conserving Niagara’s natural wonders and inspiring people world-wide.

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