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Historic Reenactor Dennis Johnson in front of Northwest Company Store
About Us

The Friends of Fort Willow are a volunteer group, operating under the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA).

Our goals include the preservation of the original site and its reconstructed features and the promotion of historical, educational and recreational activities which make respectful use of the site.

From about 1995 to 2009, a volunteer group known as the Fort Willow Improvement Group invested thousands of hours in rebuilding the site, quite literally from the ground up. Their work included locating and outlining the buildings identified in the 1955 archaeological dig, and constructing a palisade and defensive earthworks around the site. In addition they constructed information kiosks, erected signs and maintained a First Nations’ style "Three Sisters" garden inside the Fort.

The Friends of Historic Fort Willow have taken over the task of preserving and operating the site. We have continued the work of the Fort Willow Improvement Group, adding a new pavilion, improving access to the site, organizing historic events and tours, and generally maintaining the historic presence of Fort Willow in Simcoe County.

We continue to introduce new initiatives and to maintain the site and are always looking for interested volunteers. If you would learn more about our work, please contact us.

Friends of Historic Fort Willow Committee Members
  • David Cockburn - Chair
  • Dennis Johnson - Vice Chair
  • Neil Martin - Secretary
  • Trevor Carter
  • Joe Cinanni
  • Andrew Hall
  • Ruthan Johnson
  • Jane Martin
  • Jim Scott
  • Byron Wesson

Partners and Sponsors

The Friends of Fort Willow works in partnership with many local and regional groups in order to maintain the site and offer public programming. This support takes many forms - in-kind contributions, hands-on work, and financial support. Our thanks to all the partners, sponsors and supporters that make our work possible!

Thanks to:

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Ongoing support of the Festival at Fort Willow:

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