Step into history at the Festival at Fort Willow, September 30

Step into history at the Festival at Fort Willow, September 30
Posted on 09/18/2017

Man Dressed in Period Costume Springwater Township, Ontario, September 15, 2017
– Bring the family and step into history at the Festival at Fort Willow on Saturday, September 30, 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 indigenous 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. The Simcoe County Museum will bring the museum to the fort, with local historic artifacts to view and period games to play.

The Friends of Historic Fort Willow, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, 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.

For more information on the Festival at Fort Willow, visit

Fort Willow is recognized as both a national and provincial historic site. 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.