French Heritage Day

Sessions for this event:

Session 1: French Heritage Day (Educational Programming Day)
Fri Nov 8th, 2019 10:00 am - Fri Nov 8th, 2019 2:00 pm

Session 2:
Sat Nov 9th, 2019 10:00 am - Sat Nov 9th, 2019 4:00 pm

Learn about the French influences on the Niagara frontier in the mid 1700s.




French Heritage Day at Old Fort Niagara offers students a variety of experiences that will help them better understand the early French exploration and occupation of the Great Lakes region during the 17th and 18th centuries. The program will make extensive use of costumed interpretation and students will have the opportunity to participate in period discussions and tasks through various role-playing exercises. 

This interactive, living-history day features the French influences on music and architecture,  soldiers' lives, food, Native relations and trade, with musket and artillery firing demonstrations.



November 8 will present programming for visiting school groups, including foreign language and social studies classes. For educators looking to book their visit, please contact us after July 15, 2019, by emailing Carrie LaFlair or calling her at (716) 745-7611 ext. 223.

November 9 will present programming for the general public. Everything is included with regular admission to the fort: $13/adult, $9/child (ages 6-12), free for children under 5, free for members.

Financial assistance for school classes may be available through New York State Parks Connect Kids Program. Click here for more information-

General Events Event

Hours of Operation

The Fort is open year round with the exception of New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

  • Jan - June 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • July - Aug - 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sept - Dec - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

General Admission



Children (6 to 12 years old):

$  9.00

Children (5 and under):



Please note: Ticket sales end 30 minutes before closing time.


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