The Friends of Historic Fort Willow

To book our site for your family, corporate or school outing contact

Please note that the Fort does not have running water or electricity.

The Fort is always looking for volunteers, if you're interested or would like more information

about any of our upcoming events please use our Contact Us page

Thank you!





On September 11th, 2014 a Memorial was dedicated to The Royal Newfoundland Regiment. 

The Fort was pleased to welcome Linda Collins - Mayor of Springwater Township

Jim Wilson - MPP Simcoe-Grey and Jim Hill - Head of The Historical Section

Niagara Parks Commission

It was our honour and privilege to have as our special guests

Lt. Col. Andrew Heale C/O 1st Battalion Royal Newfoundland Regiment and

CWO Wayne Allen, RSM 1st Battalion Royal Newfoundland Regiment

Thank you to all our supporters for this event including

Dave Johnston and his team at Monument Restoration for our beautiful monument

County of Simcoe Heritage Committee

Springwater Township

Bill Orr

The various re-enactors from the Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada

The Royal Newfoundland Regiment




The Fort was alive with re-enactors, pioneers and First Nations people as they showed what life was like

during the war of 1812 for The Festival at The Fort on September 13th, 2014.

Visitors were treated to demonstrations on sewing, weaving and blacksmithing.

Children were invited to make their own candle and join the ranks while practising their musket drills.

The Canadian Light Dragoons were on duty during the Festival protecting our flanks from attack.

Thank you to all who braved the cold and rain to come out and witness this annual event.


The Nine Mile Portage

An important part of the history of Fort Willow is the portage route from Kempenfelt Bay to the Fort and to the WIllow Creek. The Friends of Historic Fort Willow are interested in helping to establish a committee to promote the use of this historic and recreational trail.

For more information please use our contact page.

Fort Willow Garrison

Are you looking for an interesting and fun way to learn about the war of 1812?

Interested in family friendly activities like camping out, adventure hikes, musket drill and talking to the public?

Why not consider becoming a part of the Fort Willow Garrison.

The Garrison is looking for youth to help the Friends of Historic Fort Willow to animate our site.

Dressed in the uniforms and clothes of 1812, members of the Garrison will practice period British Army Drill

and illustrate the history of Fort Willow for groups, visitors and special events.

For more information on this or other Fort Willow activities, please email Dave Cockburn,


21st Century Technology meets a 19th Century Fort

Augmented Reality has arrived at Fort Willow!

Thanks to the efforts of Trevor Carter, a teacher and member of The Friends of Historic Fort Willow and

his students from St. Joseph's High School in Barrie. 

Now with your smartphone or tablet and downloadable app from


you can view images and information about The Fort through your devices camera.

A new and innovative way to see history!

Brought to you by The Barrie Rotary Club.



Enjoy a snack or lunch in The Bernie Longson Memorial Pavilion

Hike or bike the trails

Visit the Monarach Butterfly Breeding Site


Bookings available for your corporate outing, family reunion, school trip and weddings.

For further information, please use our Contact Us page.