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Old Fort William to be 'under siege'

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The cannons will roar and shots will be fired during Fort William Historical Park's “Fort Under Siege” program set for Aug. 18-19 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.

Experience the dramatic confrontation between two mighty rivals, the North West Company of Montreal and the Hudson's Bay Company of England.

Their struggle to dominate the North American fur trade has brought the Hudson's Bay Company forces, led by Lord Selkirk, to Fort William's gates!

Re-enactors bring this gripping chapter of Canadian history to life.

The action unfolds throughout the day with musket and cannon battle demonstrations, as well as numerous dramas, including the arrival of Lord Selkirk, heated debates, an assassination attempt, and a surgery featuring period medical techniques!

Visitors will meet the soldiers, paddle a historic canoe, and take aim with axe-throwing and firing a historic musket.

Kids also will be able to join in their own army drill and make crafts.

Daily tickets cost $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors (60+), and $10 for youths (ages six-12), with children five and under being free.

“'Fort Under Siege' is a thrilling event, filled with action, drama, and suspense the whole family can enjoy,” said FFWP general manager Sergio Buonocore.

“[It] brings to life a dramatic chapter of Canadian history and offers an excellent opportunity to learn about our past,” he noted.

For more information about “Fort Under Siege,” visit www.fwhp.ca or call 1-807-473-2344.

RVs and tents are welcome to stay overnight or longer at FWHP's campground.

For more information or to make reservations, call 1-807-473-2344 or e-mail reservations@fwhp.ca

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