The Friends of Historic Fort Willow

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Please note that the Fort does not have running water or electricity.

Contact Us for more information about any of our upcoming events.




Fort Willow, because of its location, was used as a supply depot during the war of 1812.  The men and supplies that passed through The Fort were vital to the British Troops, Fur Traders and First Nations in Western Canada and helped ensure the geographical boundaries of Canada today.

The Fort was also used for centuries by our Aboriginal peoples, Fur Traders and Explorers as part of a major transportation route known as The Nine Mile Portage.



Festival at The Fort 2014

Be a part of history and interact with soldiers, Pioneers and First Nations people as they demonstrate life as it would have been at The Fort in 1814.

This is our major educational event of the year with student day on Friday, September12th and the public welcomed on Saturday, September 13th from 10am - 4pm.


 200th Anniversary of Fort Willow

Family Day at Tiffin Conservation Area was a great success. The Military and Pioneer Re-enactors brought the war of 1812 to life for the many visitors that came out.

We even got some young recruits to join up for the day and drill with their muskets.

Thanks to everyone that came out, hope you all had a great day, we certainly enjoyed having you participate. We look forward to next year!

The Nine Mile Portage

An important part of the history of Fort Willow is the portage route from Kempenfelt Bay to the Fort and to the WIllow Creek. The Friends of Historic Fort Willow are interested in helping to establish a committee to promote the use of this historic and recreational trail.

For more information please use our contact page.

Fort Willow Garrison

Are you looking for an interesting and fun way to learn about the war of 1812? Are you interested in family friendly activities like camping out, adventure hikes, musket drill and talking to the public? Why not consider becoming part of the Fort Willow Garrison. The Garrison is looking for you to help the Friends of Historic Fort Willow to animate our site.

Dressed in the uniforms and clothes of 1812, members of the Garrison will practice period British Army drill and illustrate the history of Fort Willow for groups, visitors and special events.

For more information on this and other Fort Willow activities please use our contact page.

Spring Tonic

Thanks to the many people who visited the Tiffin Conservation Area's Spring Tonic and visited the pioneer and Military re-enactors and the Fort Willow Display. We recruited many young people into the Mini Militia for the day and they had as much fun as the instructors. Visit the NVCA website to learn about other events and activities at Tiffin.

Metis at The Fort

The Metis Nation of Ontario will be visiting The Fort on July 20th from 10am - 4pm.  Visitors are welcome to view an historic encampmet, participate in different activities for both children and adults and try jigging to Metis music. 


Pioneer Blacksmith Workshop

Interested in learning about  the blacksmith art of years ago?  July 19th & 20th Fort Willow will host a blacksmith workshop, taught by David Brandow, President of The Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association.   Mr. Brandow has studied with many of the best blacksmiths in and outside of Canada and holds many popular demonstrations across the province. This 2 day course will teach you the basics of blacksmithing including starting a fire, making hooks, candle holder, fire poker and fire fork.  Join in a discussion and demonstration of forge welding and heat treating. The cost for both days is $350.00 and there are a limited number of spots available. Please use our Contact Us page for more information and how to register.

21st Century Technology meets a 19th Century Fort

Augmented Reality has arrived at Fort Willow thanks to the efforts of one of the members of the Friends of Fort Willow, Trevor Carter, a high school teacher from St. Joseph's High School in Barrie, and his students.

Now with your smart phone or iPad and with an app downloaded from LAYAR or JUNAIO you can view images and information about the Fort through your device's camera.

A new and innovative way to see history (brought to you by the Barrie Rotary Club).

Memorial Dedication Ceremony

On September 11th, 2014 a memorial will be unveiled to celebrate the men of The Royal Newfoundland Regiment who occupied The Fort in the winter and spring of 1814 while construction 29 batteaux in which they conveyed 30 tons of supplies to British posts in the North West.

Details of the ceremony will the posted as they become available.


Things to do...

-Hike or Bike the trails

-Lunch at the Bernie Longson Memorial Pavilion

-Visit the Monarch Butterfly Breeding Site