Strategically located as a supply depot during the War of 1812, the Fort Willow area was also actively used for centuries by Indigenous peoples, the fur trade and French explorers as part of a major transportation route known as the Nine Mile Portage.
Restorations and archaeological investigations have located and outlined the former buildings used by the soldiers. Information kiosks provide a thorough history of the area’s past use and how its location helped ensure the geographical boundaries of Canada today.
Owing to their importance in the development of our nation, Fort Willow and the Nine Mile Portage are recognized as both provincial and national historic sites.
Fort Willow and the Nine Mile Portage are also part of the Route Champlain.
The laid-back, peaceful environment that is enjoyed by visitors today is a definite change from years gone by. The many Monarch butterflies that call this area home during the summer make for a magical visit as they prepare for their journey south.
In September, Historic Fort Willow comes alive with the “Festival at Fort Willow.” Check the website for dates.