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Step into History

Join us at Festival of Fort Willow on
September 29, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
FREE ADMISSION
Address: 2714 Grenfel Rd, Utopia, ON L0M 1T2

The Festival of Fort Willow is an annual event where you will experience what it was like during the War of 1812, when the United States and the British army was battling over Canada. 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.

On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war with Britain over the ownership of what was known as Upper Canada. Later that summer, the United States defeated the Royal Navy in the Great Lakes.

However, Britain did not give up. Instead, they took advantage of a route used for centuries by the First Nations people to travel from Toronto to Georgian Bay. While traveling in the deep forest, the British army found a plateau near Willow Creek (in between Barrie and Georgian Bay). This served as a good vantage point for the British Army to see what was going on in the surround wetlands, forests and rivers. There, they build a supply depot to send supplies to forces operating in the North.

If you’ve been to Fort Willow before, you’ll notice that the usual laid-back, peaceful environment has come to life, as if it was in 1812.

The Festival of Fort Willow is hosted by the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, Springwater Township, the Friends of Fort Willow and the Barrie Rotary Club.



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