Winter Fun at Old Fort Niagara

Dressed in cozy warm, modern gore-tex, fleece and synthetic clothing, it seemed a little funny venturing into Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, New York.

A place that epitomizes history and originally used by Native American for hunting and fishing, the site has had it’s fair share of violence over the past few hundred years! The French and British both occupied this area at times and today is nicely restored, helping to showcase what life was like during the War of 1812, the American Revolution and before.

The Log Cabin

The Log Cabin at Old Fort Niagara

 

Old Fort Niagara Entrance

Old Fort Niagara – Museum Entrance

 

Before visiting the actual fort, you need to pay at the Visitor Center, which also happens to have a gift shop and museum, with many old artefacts. It serves as a great introduction to what you are about to see when you head over to the fort itself.

Old Rifles at Fort Niagara Museum

Old Rifles at Fort Niagara Museum

 

Located along the Niagara River and Lake Ontario, the most impressive building here is the French Castle. Built back in the 1750s, this is the original building of the fort and was purposefully built to look like a trading post, instead of a military building, so that the Iroquois Indians wouldn’t get too suspicious.

Old Fort Niagara

Old Fort Niagara

 

Walking around the rooms inside the French Castle at Fort Niagara, you can envision soldiers mulling about, cooking, sleeping and guarding the fort. As I visited during winter, it seemed to give it an even more authentic feeling, with the desolation and quietness of the complex helping to let the history of the place sink in.

View of the French Castle

View of the “French Castle” at Old Fort Niagara

 

Old Fort Niagara in Winter

Old Fort Niagara in Winter

 

South Redoubt at Old Fort Niagara

South Redoubt at Old Fort Niagara

 

Of course, my visit had to include a rifle firing demonstration too!

Apparently the fort often hosts class trips, not just for day visits but for overnight experiences as well. I thought that would have been a fun experience, to eat, sleep and live in a fort like soldiers did hundreds of years ago.

Ready, Aim, Fire!

Ready, Aim, Fire! Traditional clothing and weaponry at Old Fort Niagara

 

Barracks inside the French Castle

Barracks inside the French Castle at Old Fort Niagara

 

Old Fort Niagara

Old Fort Niagara, inside the French Castle

 

Chapel at Old Fort Niagara

Chapel at Old Fort Niagara

 

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A former journalist and business analyst that now works in the world of travel marketing. Based in Toronto, Red Hunt has travelled to more than 40 countries over the past 10 years. You can follow Red on Twitter @redhunttravel.