Historic parks, castles and forts

Discover diverse culture, explore deep roots and experience our rich history.

Learn about the highs and lows of daily life in a 19th-century post or pioneer village, witness the drama of a re-enacted War of 1812 military battle and visit the preserved homes of famous scientists, writers, doctors and politicians.

See history come alive and connect how Ontario’s past events dramatically shaped the cultural, social and political landscape of the province today. 

Quick guide to historic parks, castles and forts in Ontario

Ontario Heritage Trust

The Ontario Heritage Trust is committed to the conservation of places and natural spaces that hold significant stories, traditions, events and knowledge that’s key to understanding our past, defining our present and educating our future.

Doors Open Ontario

Doors Open is a province-wide initiative to allow you access to some of Ontario’s most fascinating heritage and cultural sites and buildings that are usually closed to the public.

Special events are held in hundreds of communities each year from April to October.

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Know before you go

Visiting Indigenous heritage sites

Several sacred Indigenous sites are located within Ontario. Appropriate respect and appreciation are essential as you visit spiritual and culturally significant places. Ontario represents 46 treaties, use the interactive treaties map to find out which treaty applies to the place you are visiting.

Attractions Ontario

Plan your visit to the best Ontario heritage sites and historical places with Attractions Ontario, and save money using their annual coupons.

Cultural festivals and events

Ontario’s castles, forts and heritage sites host special festivals and events throughout the year. Find out what’s on during your visit with Festivals and Events Ontario.

Last updated: March 21, 2023

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