School programs

Fort Malden National Historic Site

Located on the banks of the picturesque Detroit River, Fort Malden opens a fascinating doorway into Canada’s early military history. This important location of Canada’s past served as a meeting place between Major General Sir Isaac Brock and Shawnee Chief Tecumseh, the British stronghold on the Detroit frontier during the War of 1812 and the Rebellions of 1837-38 and is the site of the longest American occupation on Canadian soil.

War of 1812

During this 90-minute program, students are led by a historical interpreter throughout the site, learning about the causes of the war and the lifestyles of the people who lived at Fort Malden. The program includes a hands-on activity, ‘mini militia’, in which the students dress in youth-sized redcoats and learn a bit of soldier’s drill. The experience at the Fort ends with a musket firing demonstration.

  • 1.5-hour tour, offered year-round
  • For pricing please visit our fees page

Fort life in pioneer times 

Students will experience the lifestyles of some of the people who lived in Essex County during the early nineteenth century, with a focus on the British garrison stationed at Fort Malden. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the soldiers and their families who lived in the 1820 brick barracks and to contrast their lifestyles with those of the officers in the recreated officer’s quarters Students will also prepare a biscuit on an open hearth, and finish the experience with a musket firing demonstration.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours, offered in May and June
  • For pricing please visit our fees page

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