No visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake is complete without a tour of Fort George. Fort George is a designated National Historic Site of Canada where British soldiers, Canadian militia and aboriginal warriors fought to keep Ontario from the United States. Fort George has since been restored to the War of 1812 period and contains buildings furnished to recreate the site as it would have been during war.
While on the site, visitors can tour the Soldiers Barracks, where the family of the soldiers shared the same living space as the men or the Officer’s Quarters where upper class officers lived a much better lifestyle. Other historic buildings available for tour include the magazine where gunpowder was stored, the Blockhouses, Guard House, Kitchen and Craftsmen Shop.
In July and August, the period guard demonstrates the drills of 1812 with musket and cannon fire while the Fife and Drum Corps perform the music that sounded across battlefields of that time.
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