Fort Erie Historical Museum

Fort Erie Historical Museum’s 2012-2014 special exhibitions will focus on the social history of the years surrounding the War of 1812. They will examine what everyday life was like for Fort Erie’s early residents. A showcase of typical fashions worn by the men, women and children of the early 1800s in British North America will offer many opportunities for hands-on interaction with the garments.

The Museum’s temporary gallery has been transformed into an 1812 streetscape, providing visitors with a glimpse into life in Fort Erie two hundred years ago. Curriculum-linked school programs focused on the years surrounding the War of 1812 have been developed. These programs use the Museum’s collection and archival sources to re-construct the life of Fort Erie’s early settlers, providing students with the opportunity to engage in “hands-on” history!

The Museum’s gift shop currently stocks a number of publications and other merchandise relating to the War of 1812.

The Fort Erie Historical Museum is open 9am – 5pm, Sunday through Friday, September to June and daily in July and August. The Museum is located at 402 Ridge Road, Ridgeway, ON.

Contact the Fort Erie Museum by phone (905) 894-5322, email or at


A Day in Our Life a short story about Laura Secord

A Day in Our Life
A Short film on Laura Secord's famous journey to find James Fitzgibbon, and the vital role played by Native Americans in her success, and the ensuing battle that Fitzgibbon led against the Americans.

Tour the historic sites of Fort Erie and Buffalo

The Niagara region was a frontline for the War of 1812 in Upper Canada, and the Fort Erie and Buffalo areas are rich in historic war sites. This includes Old Fort Erie, the site of the bloodiest battlefield on Canadian soil.

The Fort Erie Museum & Cultural Heritage Committee (MCHC) along with the 1812 Bicentennial Committee have designed a self guided tour of the significant War of 1812 sites in Fort Erie and Buffalo. A brochure is available that includes a detailed map of all of the key locations along with a description that explains the history of that site. The map is also available on the resources page of the website.

This self-guided tour allows visitors and residents the opportunity to travel at their own pace and stand on the very ground where battles were fought only 200 years ago. Take part in this tour to learn more about our history and heritage, and see the significant role that Fort Erie played in the War of 1812.



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