Niagara-On-The-Lake is a lovely town situated right near where the Niagara River flows into Lake Ontario. It has lots of beautiful old buildings, wide streets, and tourists.
It also has a sensational Irish pub called ‘The Irish Harp’ where Sean and I had lunch .
Right from the start, the atmosphere was warm and friendly, and the service outstanding. The menu offers a wide range of traditional Irish pub fare and more standard pub-style food with a slightly Irish twist.
Near this lovely town is an historic fort which dates back to the early 1800s , when the the border between Canada and America was “settled” and the Canadians had to hand over Fort Niagara because it was on the opposite bank of the river.
Fort George has been carefully restored, using photographs and drawings from the time to make sure everything was accurate and authentic.
The fortifications are impressive. The fence has holes in it for muskets to stick through!
The interiors of the bunkhouse and other buildings have been painstakingly restored to reflect what life was like in the military at that time.
The only original building that remains intact is the gunpowder magazine: the stone walls are four feet thick, so it’s no wonder that it’s still standing. The well beside it is also original.
There are guided tours, or you can wander around and see everything at your own pace.
You can also see a demonstration of the Brown Bess musket, the weapon of choice in 1812.
Fort George fell to the Americans for a while in the War of 1812, but thankfully, it was regained before the end of the war. The Americans kept Fort Niagara, though.