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The Friends of Fort George

Located in the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Fort George was the headquarters of the Centre Division of the British Army during the War of 1812, and played a key role in the defence of Upper Canada. Fort George is open weekends November to April, and seven days a week from May to October, offering visitors an opportunity to step back in time with tours, musket demonstrations, special exhibits, costumed staff and reconstructed buildings. Throughout the summer, the 41st Regiment of Foot Fife and Drum Corps and Infantry provide daily demonstrations, bringing the early history of Niagara to life!

The Friends of Fort George is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with Parks Canada to preserve and promote the heritage of Niagara National Historic Sites. Through special events and the operation of two gift shops, the Friends of Fort George generate awareness and funds to support summer student employment at Fort George and Brock's Monument at Queenston Heights.


The Junior Commissariat Officers' Quarters Fundraiser

June 12, 2015

The Junior Commissariat Officers' Quarters (JCOQ) is the oldest of only four remaining 19th century military buildings that make up Butler's Barracks National Historic Site. It was built in 1816 by the Royal Engineers and was used by the military for various functions throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. At its height, the building had several out buildings surrounding it, including a wood shed, stables, well and cellar. It is a wonderful example of Georgian era architecture with its simplistic, symmetrical and balanced appearance. The building was used by the Niagara Golf Club as a clubhouse and as a community centre for teens in the 1950's & 1960's.

The Friends of Fort George, in partnership with Parks Canada, will be hosting a special fundraising event at the Junior Commissariat Officers' Quarters on June 12, 2015, to help raise much needed funds for the restoration of the building. The evening will include a BBQ dinner, musical entertainment, a live auction, cash bar and a 50/50 draw! Heritage interpreters will be set up at different stations highlighting the 200 year history of this unique building! Parks Canada will also be opening up the JCOQ for a rare opportunity to look inside the building.

We hope you will be able to join us in our endeavour to protect the Junior Commissariat Officers' Quarters! For more information, or to purchase your tickets, contact the Friends of Fort George.

Tickets: $35 for members, $40 for non-members and $20 for children.

Can't make it, but still want to help out? You can always donate online!

Upcoming Events


The Junior Commissariat Officers' Quarters Fundraiser

June 12, 2015

Join us for a special fundraising event to support the restoration of the Junior Commissariat Officers' Quarters at Butler's Barracks on the Commons! More info.


Canada Day

July 1, 2015

Celebrate Canada Day in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort George with special events planned throughout the day. Live music and a spectacular fireworks display at the fort in the evening!

Visit our Canada Day page for more information.


Battle of Fort George, War of 1812 Re-enactment

July 11 & 12, 2015

Re-enactors from all over North America will descend upon Fort George as they re-enact one of the pivotal events in Niagara during the War of 1812. More info.


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