Winter Woods Battle

Sat Feb 17th, 2018 - All Day
A full day of hands-on activities highlights winter life at the Fort

Do you have what it takes to survive a winter garrison in the middle of the 18th century?


Come to Old Fort Niagara on February 17 for a full day of winter fun. Activities begin at 10:00 a.m.
with demonstrations of weaponry, fur trading,
shelter building, fire starting, foodways, winter games, artisans and snowshoeing. 




Schedule of Activities

Unless otherwise listed, everything is included with regular admission to the fort, which is $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-12, and free for children ages 5 and under, and free for Old Fort Niagara Association members.


10:00 a.m.—Noon: A Winter's Project: Hornsmithing and Leather Work

Learn about the usefulness of horns, antlers and leather in creating tools and goods for soldiers and civilians.

10:00 a.m.—Noon: Winter Games

Play an 18th-century game with instruction by staff and volunteers.

10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.: Food on the Frontier

Demonstrations and talks about the garrison’s winter diet, plus procuring, storing and cooking food.

10:15 a.m.: Musket Firing

Learn about the musket, how it was loaded, its accuracy and how it was used at the fort.

11:00 a.m.: Fur Trading Demonstration

Demonstrations and hands-on activities about the workings of the 18th-century fur trade on the Great Lakes. Learn about the Great Lakes’ earliest business enterprise, the lives of Native Americans and hivernants (winter traders), and examine popular trade goods and furs.

11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.: 18th-Century Meal for Sale in the Log Cabin

11:15 a.m.: Musket Firing

11:30 a.m.: Winter Survival in the Fort and on the Trail

How did the garrison survive the cold both indoors and out? Learn about clothing, bedding and equipment that helped them get through the winter.

Noon: Start a Fire with Flint and Steel

Learn how to start a fire with a spark using flint, steel and tinder.

12:15 p.m.: Musket Firing

12:30 p.m.: Shelter Building

Use branches to learn how to make a shelter to help protect yourself from the elements.

1:00 p.m.: Tinsmithing- Make and Take a Tin Ornament

1:15 p.m.: Musket Firing

1:30 p.m.: The History of the Snowshoe

Join educators from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to learn about the history of the snowshoe.

2:00 p.m.: The Expedition

Visitors will be invited to wear a pair of traditional wooden snowshoes (weather permitting) to accompany French soldiers into the woods in search of the English. Witness a winter woods battle and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate. Please note: this is a two-mile hike. Please be sure you are physically up to it before embarking. Activities in the fort will continue for those who prefer to remain in garrison. Snowshoes are provided first-come, first-served, or bring your own.

2:00 p.m.: Fur Trading Demonstration

2:00—3:30 p.m.: A Winter's Project: Hornsmithing and Leather Work

2:00—3:30 p.m.: Winter Games

2:15 p.m.: Musket Firing

3:15 p.m.: Musket Firing

4:00 p.m.: Musket Firing







General Events Event

Hours of Operation

January through March, Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. (Closed Monday-Thursday) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

April 1- June 30, Open Daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

July and August, Open Daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

September 1 - October 15, Open Daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

October 16 - December 31, Open Wednesday through Sunday (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

The fort will be open daily during Christmas week, December 26 - 31. 

Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. 


General Admission



Children (6 to 12 years) 


Children (5 and under):






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