History Comes Alive at the Festival at Fort Willow

History Comes Alive at the Festival at Fort Willow
Posted on 09/14/2015

Step into history at the fifth annual Festival at Fort Willow on Saturday, September 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fort Willow Conservation Area in Springwater Township.

Historical re-enactors will bring to life the daily activities of British soldiers, camp followers and First Nations people living in Simcoe County in the early 19th century. Visitors can muster-up and march in the King's army, learn about traditional blacksmithing, carpentry and candle making, and listen to the cannons roar. New this year, coureurs de bois will be at the fort to tell the story of the fur trade in the region.

"The Festival at Fort Willow really brings to life the history of this area," said Byron Wesson of the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA). "Families love the interactive, hands-on displays and entertainment."

Fort Willow is one of Central Ontario's most historic sites. Established at the half-way point between Kempenfelt Bay and the Nottawasaga River, the Fort enabled a continuous trade and transportation route from Lake Ontario through to Georgian Bay. During the War of 1812, the British military used the fort as a strategic supply depot along the Nine Mile Portage route at a time when the lower lakes were occupied by the Americans.

The Friends of Historic Fort Willow, NVCA, Township of Springwater and Rotary Club of Barrie are proud to host this event, which celebrates the significance of Fort Willow in the history of our nation.

Admission is free. Artisan crafts will be available for sale.

Visitors are reminded that there is no parking at Fort Willow. Free parking and shuttle bus to-and-from the site are available at the Grenfel Community Hall at 1989 Sunnidale Road.

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