The Friends of Historic Fort Willow

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

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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. If you are a hiker and interested in encouraging the use of this Trail please use our contact us 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 web site to learn about other events and activities at Tiffin.

Garrison Weekend

On May 24th & 25th, Historic Fort Willow will play host to Military Re-enactors as they drill and prepare for the upcoming season of events in Canada and the U.S

The public is welcomed to come out and witness early 19th Century Military Drill.

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 60 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

-Vist the Monarch Butterfly Breeding Site