Province/Territory: Ontario

Enter the World of 19th Century British Military

  • 19th Century fort
  • 10-foot high gate
  • 24-pounder guns

Pass by the sentries guarding the entrance of this military fortress, the largest fortification west of Québec City, and enter into the realm of a British garrison set in 1867. Situated atop Point Henry, Fort Henry is both a museum and an historic site which provides a marvellous reproduction of 19th century military life. Arrive at 10:00am to hear “Reveille” being played as the flag is raised. Feel the earth shudder as a cannon is fired from the East Battery in the lower fort. Gather in the parade area to witness the Fort Henry Guard perform precision bayonet drills and traditional battlefield manoeuvres.

Why you should visit
  • Join the regiment and having a Fort Henry guard train you and teach you a drill.
  • Learn about the use of small arms by the British Army through the 1800s.
  • Join the Pay Parade and convince the Paymaster Sergeant why you deserve “four shillings”.
  • Attend a session of a military court; listen to the evidence and then help decide a soldier's fate.
  • Planning a late-day visit on a Wednesday or Saturday? Don't miss the spectacular Sunset Ceremonies, complete with fife and drums, battle tactics, the lowering of the flag, thundering gun salutes and a fireworks finale.

Weather

  • Kingston has a moderate, humid continental climate, but with cooler summers than most of Ontario.
  • Although proximity to Lake Ontario has a moderating effect on the climate, it also tempers the heat and can on occasion increase precipitation.
  • Mild to strong breezes off of Lake Ontario make Kingston one of the most consistently windy cities in Canada, especially near the water.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
  • Hours & Admission Prices.
  • Open mid-May till mid-September, 7-days a week.
  • On-site food & beverage.
  • Gift shop.
  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • Free admission to recognized caregivers and a 25% discount to special needs guests.
When to go
  • July and August bring the warmest weather making them an ideal time to take in the Sunset Ceremonies.
  • Beat the crowds by arriving early in the day.
Need to know
  • Wear comfortable walking/hiking footwear and apparel.
  • Plan for at least three hours to fully explore the Fort.
Getting Here