French Heritage Days

Fri Nov 5th, 2021 to Sat Nov 6th, 2021 - All Day
Return to the days when France controlled Fort NIagara


Interactive living history activities explore the French occupation of Fort Niagara and the Niagara Frontier. Learn about French military life, foodways, architecture and fortification, Native diplomacy, the fur trade, religion and much more.

School programs will be presented on Friday from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm and programs for the public will be presented on Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. . 

Teachers can apply for reimbursement of admission and transportation costs through New York State's Connect Kids program. More information here:

Book your field trip by contacting Carrie at [email protected] or (716) 745-7611 x 223. Teachers will receive pre-visit materials to help prepare their class for a fort visit. 

Tickets for Saturday's program are available at the door. 

Learning Stations include:

Le Commis   (the trade agent)

Le Soldat    (Life of the soldier)

Tenue de femme (Women's Clothing)

La Chapelle catholique  (The Catholic Chapel)

Culture amerindienne  (Native American culture)

Tir de Canon  (Artillery Firing Demonstration)

Poudre a canon   (Gunpowder)

Le Forgeron   (The Blacksmith)

Le Voyageur   (Life of the Voyageur in the Fur Trade)

Le Fusil   (Musket Demonstrations)

Exercise d' Infanterie  (Musket drill)

Consevoir un fort  (Laying out a Fort)

Nourriture pour messieurs et soldats  (Food for Gentlemen and Soldiers)

Jean Lowry  (meet a prisoner)

L' Arpeneur Geometre  (Surveying)

Le Ferblantier   (Tinsmith)

Verrerie du XVIIIe siècle   (18th century glassware)

L' armurier   (the armorer)


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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