Things to Do

Celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday

Travel Back 150 years…
Experience life as it was at the year of Canada’s Confederation. Witness the training of the soldiers of the garrison, learn like students did in an authentic 1867 classroom, and see the evolution of the 19th British firearm including the (at the time) state of the art Snider-Enfield rifle introduced one year earlier in 1866.
Visitors will get a chance to see, hear, and feel what life was like 150 years ago in the citadel of Canada’s first capital. Through the Fort’s immersive hands-on programs, visitors will gain an appreciation of the lifestyle that existed 150 years ago that ushered in Canada’s Confederation.
Telling time was not a commonplace practice in 1867. Most of the residents of Kingston did not own time pieces as they were an expensive luxury of the time. Every day at noon, the garrison at Fort Henry would fire a ceremonial blank charge from one of its cannons signalling to the city that it was exactly twelve noon.
The Fort’s static and living museum exhibits showcase the life and routine of the people living at the Fort 150 years ago. Visitors can expect to meet soldiers, soldier’s wives, officers, the school mistress, trades apprentices, and the baker during their visit. 

Open 9:30am – 5:00pm daily, May 20th – September 4th, 2017. 

Other activities you can take part in at Fort Henry in celebration of our nation’s birthday!

Cannonball Crush – June 10th                                                                Are you ready to crush the 5km course atop Fort Henry hill? Let this be the year you dominate and push through those obstacles. Be prepared for running, climbing, crawling, swimming and a whole lot more as your strength, determination and team spirit will all be challenged. Only those who overcome these challenges and cross the finish line can claim to have conquered the Fort!
YGK Craft Beer Fest – June 10th                                                               Come grab a cold beer and enjoy Canadian musicians performing on stage at this outdoor beer festival and concert. 

Sunset Ceremonies Wednesday evenings through July & August                       Redesigned this season, Sunset Ceremonies return with a promise to captivate all who visit the 19th century World UNESCO Heritage Site.

LIVE @ The Bistro – Friday evenings through July & August                               Take in the beauty of the city on our waterfront patio overlooking downtown Kingston, Lake Ontario and Wolfe Island. 

To see all Fort Henry and other St. Lawrence Parks Commission attractions have to offer for the 2017 season, please visit:


Fort Henry

1 Fort Henry Drive
Kingston, ON, K7K 5G8
Tel: 1-800-437-2233 or 613-542-7388

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