Fort Willow is one of the most historic sites in central Ontario. Visitors can explore the site and have a picnic or walk the beautiful surrounding trails. Throughout the Fort, information kiosks provide visitors with the outstanding history of the area.
Festival at Fort Willow
Every September, the Festival at Fort Willow welcomes visitors to travel two centuries back in time and celebrate the historical significance of the site. The festival features displays, entertainment and re-enactments of life as it was in 1812. This year's Festival will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artisan crafts and food will be available for purchase (cash only). Free parking and a shuttle bus will be provided at the Grenfel Community Hall (1989 Sunnidale Road).
History of Fort Willow
During the War of 1812, Fort Willow was a supply depot that marked the halfway point between Kempenfelt Bay and the Nottawasaga River. The strategic location of Fort Willow allowed for a continuous trade and transportation route between Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay. The Fort Willow area is also part of the Nine Mile Portage, which was used for centuries by Aboriginals, fur traders and explorers who passed through the area.