Fort Malden National Historic Site

Free admission day at Fort Malden this Saturday

Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada is offering free admission this Saturday.

According to a news release sent out by Parks Canada, it states the federal government “celebrating families and the importance of our protected areas with free admission to Parks Canada’s places for youth 17 and under, starting in 2018 and beyond.”

Parks Canada states that  is also pleased to offer free admission or lockage for one day at Parks Canada’s places across the country this year, noting this is a special thank you to the millions of Canadians who celebrated Canada 150 with Parks Canada in 2017 when more Canadians than ever before had amazing experiences at Parks Canada’s places.”

Free admission day is site-specific and the date is determined by each national park or historic site. It is important to note that only admission is free on free admission day. Fees for recreational services and goods such as camping and firewood, boat launches, transportation, or special tours remain.

Fort Malden has determined its free admission day will be Saturday during the Amherstburg Uncommon Festival. However, a special event during the evening will still require an admission charge.

Activities will include musket demonstrations, noon day gun, a tactical artillery demonstration, and a Marquee Escape room. Later in the day, starting at 5:30 p.m., Fort Malden will host a Murder Mystery event. A special fee of $12.10 will be charged for this presentation.

For a complete list or dates for each national park or national historic site please visit Parks Canada’s website.

“National parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas represent the very best that Canada has to offer. They and tell the stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples. Fort Malden National Historic Site is a national treasure, and on Free Admission Day, I invite Canadian families, youth, and visitors to our country to explore it and connect with Canada’s nature and history,” stated Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.

Canada Day festivities ramping up as holiday approaches

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Canada’s 151st birthday is coming up and there are a number of festivities planned again this year to celebrate.

The Canada Day activities return to Fort Malden National Historic Site with a number of new and familiar events for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Jennifer Ibrahim, tourism co-ordinator with the Town of Amherstburg, said this year’s Canada Day will feature a lot of the same family-friendly activities as in previous years.

“It starts at 9 a.m. with the most patriotic run in our nation,” said Ibrahim, in reference to the Canada D’Eh run/walk that is presented by Running Flat. “I hope our community comes out and cheers on the Canada D’Eh runners. It’s so much fun.”

Opening ceremonies for the Canada Day festivities is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Fireworks annually thrill the thousands of people that attended the Canada Day event at Fort Malden. This is an image of “stacked” photos of several fireworks. (PHOTO BY ADRIAN HARTE)

Ibrahim said St. Peter’s ACHS College School will be joining the Amherstburg Admirals in field hockey games all day with a kids’ activity centre also to be featured throughout that Sunday.

Among the entertainment will be performers from the Kerri Brown Vocal Studio and the Rivertown Dance Academy with singers and bands to include Red and the Barron, Kerri & Joseph and Fresh Breath.

“Our headliners this year are Ashley Lynn & the Spurs,” said Ibrahim. “They are a crowd favourite.”

Ashley Lynn & the Spurs take the stage at 8 p.m.

There will also be children’s robotics activities featuring A-Team Robotics, pony rides courtesy of Sarah Parks Horsemanship and Zumba, the latter scheduled for 7 p.m.

Fort Malden National Historic Site will also offer its own programming throughout the day.

“Not to be missed is the fireworks finale,” added Ibrahim.

 

Fort Malden National Historic Site welcomes March Break campers

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Youth from around the area converged on Amherstburg last week to learn a bit about the town’s history.

Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada held its annual March Break day camp From March 12-16 with a variety of different activities, most of which were historically-themed, presented.

“It’s been good,” reported interpretation officer Alex Dale. “For most of the days, we’ve had 15 or so kids and lots of activities.”

Holly Lucier from Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada explains what they will be making in the cookhouse to a group of children.

The week featured scavenger hunts, crafts, making food in the cookhouse and other hands-on activities for children. There were also movies played for the children.

“It’s been fun,” said Dale.

Dale stated it was the third consecutive year for the current format, which saw children stay all day at Fort Malden. The activities were held from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

The children were from around the area, not just Amherstburg, said Dale. He said Fort Malden National Historic Site’s Facebook site got the word out with some of the students being returnees from previous years. Some came from as far as Niagara Falls and Orangeville, said Dale, as they were in the area visiting grandparents for March Break.

“I think it’s been a lot of fun,” said Dale. “We’ve done (the March Break program) in so many different ways.”

Fort Malden won’t officially open for the season until May 19, though, when it will reveal its newest exhibit, titled “The British Wore Red?”  According to Parks Canada, the exhibit will feature a timeline of military uniforms, clothing and artifacts from Fort Malden’s history.

Amelie Kinnish breaks an egg and puts it in a bowl with the help of Holly Lucier March 15 at Fort Malden National Historic Site’s March Break camp.

There will also be the first-ever Escape Room Festival June 16. Local escape room companies will bring numerous timed puzzles to Fort Malden with different themes. That event will also include live entertainment, food and beverages.

On July 1, Fort Malden will host the annual Canada Day event in conjunction with the Town of Amherstburg.  As in years past, the event will feature “cool activities and entertainment” and will end with a fireworks display along the Detroit River.

More information and a list of special events can be found on the Town of Amherstburg’s website at www.amherstburg.ca or Parks Canada’s Fort Malden page at www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortmalden.

Fort Malden’s Facebook site is www.facebook.com/FortMaldenNHS.

 

—With files from Jonathan Martin

2018 will be busy at Fort Malden National Historic Site

By Jonathan Martin

 

Fort Malden National Historic Site is marching into a busy season.

The park will host a variety of programs, including Windsor-Essex County’s first ever escape room festival.

The festival is set for June 16.  Local escape room companies will bring 7-9 of their timed puzzles to the fort, complete with “varying themes.”  The fort itself will design and execute an additional two it has titled “Escape the Barracks” and “Escape the Marquee.”  The event is set to include live entertainment, food and drinks.

More immediately, from Monday, March 12 to Friday, March 16, Fort Malden will run a March break day camp for youth.

March Break programming is underway at Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada.
(Submitted photo)

According to Parks Canada public relations officer Rae Kingdon, the activities included in the camp will range from crafts to hands-on cooking in the Fort’s 1840s-era cookhouse.  Kids will take part in both indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts and be introduced to period games.  The camp targets youths aged 6-12.

The camp participation fee is $24.50 per participant, per day.  Kids can take part in one day or all five.  The programs run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  To register, participants must call 519-736-5416 or e-mail ont.fort-malden@pc.gc.ca

Fort Malden won’t officially open for the season until May 19, though, when it will reveal its newest exhibit, titled “The British Wore Red?”  According to Parks Canada, the exhibit will feature a timeline of military uniforms, clothing and artifacts from Fort Malden’s history.

On July 1, Fort Malden will host the annual Canada Day event in conjunction with the Town of Amherstburg.  As in years past, the event will feature “cool activities and entertainment” and will end with a fireworks display along the Detroit River.

More information and a list of special events can be found on the Town of Amherstburg’s website at www.amherstburg.ca or Parks Canada’s Fort Malden page at www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortmalden.

House Youth Centre collaborates with Fort Malden for annual “Haunted Fort”

 

 

By Jolene Perron

 

Over the last three years, Fort Malden National Historic Site has worked with The House Youth Centre to provide haunting entertainment to members of the Amherstburg community.

“They approached us a few years ago asking if we would be interested in doing a haunted house,” explained Alex Dale, interpretation officer at Fort Malden Historic Site. “They had had a relationship with the Thistle Lodge for a few years and did a Haunted House at the actual House Youth Centre so we thought it would be natural to try it here and to try and do a Fort one.”

The annual Haunted Fort was put on in partnership with The House Youth Centre and Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada for the third year. Fort Malden worked throughout the week carving pumpkins and assembling hay bales throughout the grounds, while The House Youth Centre decorated the grounds and provided its volunteer members as actors and actresses. The organizations also worked together to come up with the storyline.

Since its’ first year at Fort Malden, the haunted house has grown and the organizations have found a great way to work together to come up with the scripts and storylines. Fort Malden worked throughout the week carving pumpkins and assembling hay bales throughout the grounds, while The House Youth Centre decorated the grounds and provided its volunteer members as actors and actresses.

This year’s Haunted Fort incorporated a lot more historical accuracy according to Ashley Marchand, activities coordinator for The House Youth Centre.

The annual Haunted Fort was put on in partnership with The House Youth Centre and Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada for the third year. Fort Malden worked throughout the week carving pumpkins and assembling hay bales throughout the grounds, while The House Youth Centre decorated the grounds and provided its volunteer members as actors and actresses. The organizations also worked together to come up with the storyline.

“We did some brainstorming sessions with the members and some leaders,” said Marchand. “We came up with a rough idea of a script and The Fort helped to vamp it up, fill in the story blanks and add some historical information to it. We talked about identifying the names the places, the barracks, the latrines, the cookhouse, we have soldiers on site firing shots, we refer more to the ditches, the trenches that were dug out for that, however we have started to drift a little bit more away from the haunted fort storyline and this year we are focusing more on the families of the soldiers.”

Thanks to Fort Malden National Historic Site and The House Youth Centre, a spooky time was had by all of those who attended last week’s “Haunted Fort.”

The House Youth Centre and Fort Malden National Historic Site would like to thank everyone who came out to participate in their annual Haunted Fort, which wrapped up Monday night.