Fort Wellington National Historic Site officially opens for the summer visitor season

Fort Wellington National Historic Site

The vast network of protected areas administered by Parks Canada is a gateway to nature, history, and 450 000 km² of stories from coast to coast.

As of May 20th, Fort Wellington National Historic Site officially opened for the 2023 summer visitor season.

Fort Wellington National Historic Site’s offering

This year, Fort Wellington National Historic Site will be offering enhanced guided heritage tours, historical re-enactor events and Canada Day programming.

National historic sites reflect the rich and varied heritage of Canada and provide an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about its diverse history.

Fort Wellington National Historic Site

At Fort Wellington National Historic Site, visitors can learn more about one of the best-preserved nineteenth-century fortifications in Canada, Fort Wellington, which presents the strategic importance of the St. Lawrence River prior, during, and after the War of 1812.

Visitors can also enjoy a guided heritage tour, attend a historic re-enactment, or experience special Canada Day programming.

Plan your visit today and hear stories of the events that have shaped Canada’s past, present, and future!

The hours of operation

May 20 to June 30 and September 5 to October 9, Thursday to Monday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

July 1st to September 5, daily, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Historic Places Days are an opportunity to discover Canada’s many diverse historic destinations and the vital role these places have in their communities.

This year, Historic Places Days begins on July 8. Travel back in time and discover the great stories of the past.

Hundreds of fascinating historic places, including Fort Wellington National Historic Site, are waiting to be discovered!

To make the most of their Parks Canada experience, visitors are asked to plan their trip in advance, by visiting the Parks Canada website and signing up for the e-newsletter.

To be among the first to find out about new and noteworthy events and activities, special offers, trip planning ideas and much more – all delivered directly to their inboxes!

Visitors can also download the Parks Canada app, listen to Parks Canada’s new podcast ReCollections, and follow Parks Canada on social media for destination inspiration and to help plan their perfect visit.

The Parks Canada team at Fort Wellington National Historic Site is excited to welcome new and returning guests back to experience everything that Fort Wellington National Historic Site has to offer.

Thoughts from the executives

“As we near summertime, I encourage everyone to connect with nature and culture and make lasting memories at Fort Wellington National Historic Site.”

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“National historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas represent the very best that Canada has to offer where Canadians and visitors to Canada can explore nature and learn about Canada’s history.”

“The vast network of protected areas administered by Parks Canada has something for everyone to enjoy,” concluded Steven Guilbeault, The Honourable Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

“The visitor season coming into full swing at Parks Canada’s administered places is always an exciting time of year.”

“The Parks Canada team works extremely hard to provide visitors with high quality and meaningful experiences across the country.”

“We look forward to welcoming new and returning visitors to Fort Wellington National Historic to create lasting memories,” concluded Ron Hallman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Parks Canada

The quick facts

  • In 2020, Parks Canada completed a $2.6 million rehabilitation of Fort Wellington National Historic Site defensive works. In 2022, the work completed by the construction company, BRC Group, was nominated, and won the 2022 Architectural Conservancy Ontario (ACO) Margaret and Nicholas Hill Cultural Heritage Landscape Award.


  • Parks Canada has launched a new podcast series, entitled ReCollections. Five initial episodes share the captivating stories behind various national historic sites across the country. Delve into Canada’s rich natural and cultural heritage as you uncover these cherished treasures.
  • Parks Canada administered places are a source of shared pride for all Canadians. That is why the Government of Canada is pleased to continue to offer free admission to all Parks Canada’s administered places for youth aged 17 and under. By encouraging young people to discover and connect with these incredible natural and cultural places, we can inspire the next generation of stewards for these protected places.
  • In celebration of diversity, Parks Canada continues to offer free admission to new Canadian citizens for one year through the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s Canoo mobile app. Visiting Parks Canada’s national heritage places is a great way for Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn more about our environment and heritage.
  • Want the ultimate ticket to nature, history and adventure? The Parks Canada Discovery Pass provides unlimited admission for a full year to over 80 destinations across the country. Visitors can purchase their Parks Canada Discovery Passes online, on-site, and at partner retailer locations across the country.