Historic Sites, Castles and Forts in Ontario

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Explore the past at a pioneer village or step across the threshold of one of the many military forts across Ontario and see history come alive.


Relive the struggles of the War of 1812, when Canada's existence as a nation hung in the balance, at Toronto's Fort York, Fort George and Old Fort Erie in the Niagara region, Kingston's Fort Henry, Amherstburg's Fort Malden and Fort St. Joseph on scenic St. Joseph island.

Historical Sites

Experience the joys and the hardships of the early settlers at Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Peterborough or at Fanshawe Pioneer Village in London. Get a unique opportunity to see early Canadian pioneer life and the interaction of the French and Wendat nations at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Midland. Peterborough invites you to explore the history and culture of the canoe at the Canadian Canoe Museum.
Take a horse and buggy ride through Black Creek Pioneer Village and learn how settlers preserved their fall harvest bounty at Backus Heritage Village in Port Rowan. Observe 19th century baking in the kitchen of Canada's oldest stone house west of Toronto at Ermatinger Stone house in Sault Ste. Marie. Visit the summer home of humourist Stephen Butler Leacock at the Stephen Leacock Museum in Orillia or tour Gravenhurst's Bethune Memorial House and learn about medical pioneer, Dr. Norman Bethune.


Explore the great stone halls and passages of Toronto’s Casa Loma, built in 1911, or at Dundurn Castle, completed in 1835 in Hamilton. Discover the legend of Jimmy McOuat at White Otter Castle an incredible three-story wooden structure he completed on the shores of White Otter Lake in 1914. Castle Kilbride is a grand Victorian home in Baden built in 1877 in the Italianate style of architecture, complete with a belvedere lookout.

Two men re-enacting pioneer horse and carriage.


Watch early life in Canada come alive in authentic detail in Morrisburg. Visit tradesmen, taverns and farms. Watch wool being spun and woven in a woolen mill. See flour being stone-ground in a gristmill.
Man in costumn standing at the front gates of Fort William.


Head to Thunder Bay and prepare to barter at Fort William Historical Park, the world's largest reconstructed fur trade post and explore more than 42 buildings on site.