August 5

25th Annual Siege of Fort Erie – RE-ENACTMENT

Date: Aug 06-07, 2011

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Location: Old Fort Erie

350 Lakeshore Road
Fort Erie, Ontario
905-356-2241

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The staff and volunteers at The Niagara Parks Commission’s (NPC) Old Fort Erie are preparing the final details for the 25th Annual Siege Weekend at Old Fort Erie on August 6 – 7, 2011. Canada’s largest battle re-enactment weekend portrays the excitement and drama of the War of 1812 with an action packed schedule of events planned for the entire weekend.
Event highlights include battle re-enactments on Saturday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 8 p.m., where hundreds of re-enactors will participate in Drummond’s Night Assault on the Fort. Follow the action up-close and then experience a dramatic Lantern Tour of the Fort under attack at 9 p.m.

A memorial service honouring all of those who fell in battle will be held on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. and the last battle re-enactment of the weekend, the American Sortie will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. Please visit www.niagaraparksheritage.com for full schedule of events.
Hours:

Hours: Saturday, August 6 Fort Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Battles: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Lantern Tour: 9 p.m. Sunday, August 7 Fort 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Service 10:30 a.m.; Battle 1 p.m.

Admission:Entrance includes Day Programs or Evening Lantern tour. Battles are free. Adult: $12.25 (13+), Children (6-12): $7.95 plus tax, Children under 5 are free.

Located at 350 Lakeshore Road in Fort Erie, Ontario, Old Fort Erie is approximately 30 kilometres (19 miles) or a scenic 20-minute drive south of Niagara Falls and is close to the Peace Bridge from Buffalo, New York. The new Visitor Centre, grounds and the main floor rooms of the Fort are wheelchair accessible.

Old Fort Erie is owned and operated by The Niagara Parks Commission, an Agency of the Government of Ontario. It is NPC’s mission to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while remaining financially self-sufficient.

25th Annual Siege of Old Fort Erie Schedule of Events

Tours of the Old Fort Erie start at the Welcome Centre, hourly from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. At 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. guides will escort tours to battle site.

Saturday, August 6
10:00 a.m. Fort and Camps open to the public
11:00 a.m. South Field – Major Buck’s Surrender & ‘Stars & Stripes’ run up
12:00 p.m. Inside Fort – Uniforms of the War of 1812
1:00 p.m. South Field – British Artillery Demonstration
2:00 p.m. South Field – BATTLE
3:00 p.m. Camp Displays
4:00 p.m. Inside Fort – U.S. Artillery Demonstration
6:00 p.m. Fort and Camps will be closed to the public

Saturday Evening
8:00 p.m. South Field – BATTLE- Drummond’s night assault on the Fort
9:00 p.m. In the Fort – Lantern tours* – ‘After the Battle’ see the effects of the Failed British Attack.

*Separate tickets are required and are available at the Gift Shop – regular admission applies. Tours start at the front gate of the Fort.

Sunday, August 7
10:00 a.m. Fort and Camps open to the public
10:30 a.m. Memorial Service at the Monument
1:00 p.m. South Field – BATTLE: ‘U.S. Sortie’
2:00 p.m. In the Fort – American Evacuation of the Fort & ‘Union Jack’ run up
4:00 p.m. Camp closed to the public
5:00 p.m. Fort Closed

July 28

Events in Niagara Falls for the summer of 2011

Upcoming Events in the Parks

June 17 – August 26, 2011
Friday Night Frights at Old Fort Erie
A popular tradition – hear the eerie stories of the ghosts of Canada’s bloodiest battlefield. Call for more information: (905) 871-0540.

June 24 – September 4, 2011
RCMP Officer Meet and Greet
Canada is known for many things but nothing is more notable than the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Come to Table Rock Centre, located at the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls during the summer on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to meet a RCMP officer for photos and to answer questions.

July 30 & 31, 2011

Simcoe Days at the Mackenzie Printery

Why is the Civic Holiday also known as Simcoe Day? Find out at the Printery. Stop by the Mackenzie Printery on “Simcoe Day” and learn how the nation’s oldest printing press helped John Graves Simcoe shape the province of Upper Canada.

August 6 & 7, 2011

The Siege of Fort Erie, 1814

Witness the battles of 1814 that turned Old Fort Erie into Canada’s bloodiest battlefield. On-going events throughout the weekend with Canada’s largest Battle of 1812 re-enactment taking place. Special evening lantern tours through the fort after the Battle re-enactment.

August 13 & 14
Art in the Gardens from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See the beauty of fine art by local Artisans from the Parkway Artist Guild showcased in the dazzling manicured Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and Arboretum. Visitors and art enthusiasts alike can saunter at leisure through the exhibits that are pleasantly laid out along the walkways that run throughout the 99 acre garden. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Botanical Gardens, 2405 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls.

August 28, 2011 from 4 – 8 p.m.

Annual End of Summer BBQ at Queenston Heights

Join the fun at Queenston Heights Restaurant Patio, high atop the Niagara Escarpment, at the foot of Brock’s Monument. Cost is $30 Adults; $18 Children. Space is limited. Call 905-262-4274 for reservations.

June 7

Fenian Raids this Weekend

Fenian Raids this Weekend

Niagara Parks is pleased to announce the return of the Fenian Raids of Old Fort Erie on June 11 & 12. Daily battle re-enactments of the last invasion into Canada will take place, featuring the Fenian soldiers, whose dreams of Irish independence instead helped Canada become the nation it is today.

Weekend Schedule of Events

Saturday, June 11

1:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony

1:30 p.m. Afternoon Battle

8:30 p.m. Evening Battle, followed by Ghost Tours of Old Fort Erie

Sunday, June 12

1:30 p.m. Afternoon Battle

History

On June 1, 1866, Irish veterans of the U.S. Civil War, under the newly formed flag of the Irish Republican Army, crossed the border into Niagara. This armed incursion into “Canada West” (Ontario) was expected to force the British into freeing Ireland. After two days of fighting in the Fort Erie area with Canadian militia units, the Fenians, as they were known, retreated to the Old Fort, where they were captured attempting to return to the United States. This invasion into Canada spurred efforts for Confederation in order to protect Canadian sovereignty. On June 2, 1866, the invasion came to a head at The Battle of Ridgeway.

Entrance to Old Fort Erie includes day programs or evening lantern tours. Battles are FREE. Adults (13 and over) $9.00, Children (6 – 12 years old) $6.00 (prices in Canadian dollars), Children under 5 are free. Staff comp passes are always welcome. Parking during construction is located in front of the Fort at 350 Lakeshore Road, Fort Erie, Ontario. Old Fort Erie is approximately 30 kilometres (19 miles) or a scenic 20-minute drive south of Niagara Falls and is close to the Peace Bridge from Buffalo, New York. The grounds and the main floor rooms of the buildings are wheelchair accessible. The grand opening of the new Welcome Centre will take place on July 1. For information, please call (905) 871-0540.

May 19

Victoria Day Long Weekend Events

Long Weekend Events

The Niagara Parks Commission is pleased to announce the return of its popular Victoria Day Weekend Falls Fireworks, a sure sign that summer is on its way. On Friday, Sunday and holiday Monday, free concerts will also take place at 8 p.m. on the Illumination Tower Stage in Queen Victoria Park, followed by Falls Fireworks at 10 p.m. Continue reading

December 16

Have you ever seen the falls run dry?

Have you ever seen the falls run dry? Yes, it happened twice.

March 29th, 1848, the falls ran dry due to in the upper Niagara River for about 20 hours.

June 1969, U.S. engineers diverted the flow of the Niagara River away from the American side of the falls for several months.

When the falls run dry, it looks like a desert. Recently, Russ Glasson stumbled across the pictures, which were taken by his in-laws, and had been left in an old shoebox in their garage for over four decades. Here below is the news and pictures about this “new discovery”.


Stark: A completely dry Niagara Falls has never been seen before or since the six months in July 1969 when U.S. engineers set about restructuring the American side of the twin landmark

The news is quoted from Daily Mail. Click here to see more!

It’s taken 41 years, but a previously unseen set of photos of the mighty Niagara Falls reduced to nothing more than a barren cliff-top have finally surfaced.

The stark images reveal North America’s iconic – and most powerful – waterfall to be almost as dry as a desert.

In June 1969, U.S.
engineers diverted the flow of the Niagara River away from the American side of the falls for several months.
Click to see more pictures

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November 14

Good news for Nov 15~18th!!!

OFFER SUMMARY:
November 15 – 18, 2010 4 – 7 p.m.

A. $5 Admission OR A per person, per attraction donation of a non-perishable food item for Niagara’s Fury and Journey Behind the Falls.

B. $5 Parking at the Falls Parking Lot.

C. 25% discount on regular menu items at Elements on the Falls Restaurant (excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities).
Reservations recommended.