Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site

Explore the ruins of Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site and feel the rich War of 1812 history that lingers – a history that saw a powerful alliance struck between the British and the First Nations People of the western Great Lakes region. Hike to Lake Huron’s edge, experience history through heritage demonstrations, watch for more than 200 species of birds, and view authentic artifacts from the old fort.

Featured things to do

A couple bird watching in the forest.

Explore a bird lover's paradise

More than 200 species have been spotted, including waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors.

Musket Demonstration

Fire a Musket

Sign up as a voyageur and fire a flintlock musket.

Visitors taking a guided tour through the ruins.

Explore the ruins

Once the most westerly fort in Upper Canada, Fort St. Joseph is now a fascinating historic ruin.

Visit Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site

Activities and experiences

Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover or both, you’ll find inspiration.

Plan your visit

Getting here, hours of operation, fees, facilities and services, quick facts.


Daily admission, Fort St. Joseph season pass, Parks Canada Discovery Pass, equipment rental.

About Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site

Culture and history

Fort St. Joseph and the War of 1812, archaeology, and historic digs.

Nature and science

Conservation, animals, monarch butterflies, the environment, and research.

Safety and guidelines

Use of drones, Wildlife, Insects, Vegetation, and Environment.

Stewardship and management

Plans and policies, vistor centre, jobs with Parks Canada, shoreLINES, contact us.

Contact us

Telephone: 705-246-2664


Hours of operation

Open June 1 to September 30

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Complete schedule


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