If you're thinking about visiting southern Canada this spring, you might find that the variety of options available to you on your travels is a little overwhelming. From the snow-covered ski peaks of Calgary to the cultural hotspot of Montreal, Canada provides a wealth of beautiful holiday locations for tourists to enjoy. However, one tourist spot sits high above the rest: Fort George, Ontario.
Set in the peaceful surroundings of Niagara-on-the-lake, Fort George provides the perfect destination for a fun-filled family holiday in Canada this spring. From historical heritage that will thrill adults to entertaining - and spooky! - ghost tours that will delight children and teenagers alike, Fort George promises a world of wonders for you and your kids.
The site of a historic military structure, Fort George was the crucial scene of several battles during the War of 1812, which was fought between the USA and the colonies of Great Britain and Ireland - especially Upper Canada, Lower Canada and Nova Scotia. Consisting of earthworks and palisades, Fort George was also the site of certain internal structures, including an officer's quarters, blockhouses to accommodate other ranks and their families and a stone powder magazine.
In 1813, the site was captured by the US in the Battle of Fort George and used by American troops as a base from which to invade Upper Canada. However, the fort was recaptured by the British Army in December of that year and remained in use by the Canadian Army until 1965, when it was made a National Historic Site. Today it is maintained by Parks Canada and is open for visitors from April to October.
The fort retains in its original nineteenth century feel, with period costumes and exhibits from that time prominently displayed, and is now famous for its epic Fort George ghost tours. Every evening from April to October, visitors are told ghostly accounts of spooky goings-on in the area, while being acquainted with the history of Fort George and its military heritage. So whether you're a military history buff, or you simply want to enjoy a good scary yarn in a spectacular location, Fort George is sure to provide the perfect family holiday solution for you!
If you're planning to visit Fort George this spring, you'll find a range of hotels in Niagara Falls just 12 miles away. Being only a 20 minute picturesque drive away from Fort George, Niagara Falls provides perfectly located accommodation when you visit this famous Canadian historic site. What's more, choose a hotel in the town with a view of the spectacular view of the Niagara Falls, such as Hilton Niagara Fallsview, and you'll be able to enjoy two of Canada's most iconic sights in one holiday!