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Just a “Wee Dram” of Whisky at Fort Wellington National Historic Site

Just a “Wee Dram” of Whisky at Fort Wellington National Historic Site
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Prescott – Back by popular demand, many are raising their glass to the return of whisky tastings at Fort Wellington National Historic Site. Parks Canada invites you to take part in the ritual of daily rationing with an evening whisky sampling, offered at the historic fort located in the picturesque town of Prescott. While the libation of choice for British troops in Upper Canada was beer, today’s visitors to Fort Wellington can taste sensational whisky this summer. 

Together with Just a Wee Dram, Parks Canada is offering whisky seminars on three nights this summer beginning on July 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Whisky expert and retired Colonel, Sylvain Bouffard, will awaken the palate and stimulate the senses with his personal selection of fine whiskies. Novice and connoisseurs alike are encouraged to attend either one or all three sessions, as each evening features a different theme. On July 12, experience whiskies from around the world. Guests will sample whiskies from around Scotland on August 10, and sample premium Single Malt Scotch whiskies on August 24. Program participants will learn about whisky making and the variety of techniques of whisky sampling. Each tasting is matched with specific food pairings to bring out the flavours in the whisky. To make the experience even more authentic, the whisky will be served in special crystal sampling glass imported from Scotland. Whether new to whiskey or an aficionado, the historic, and possibly haunted, blockhouse at Fort Wellington offers an authentic and intimate location to inspire the senses.
A daily alcohol ration was an important tradition for soldiers serving during the War of 1812. It was believed that a daily drink would boost morale and enhance the sense of camaraderie between the soldiers. These whisky seminars enable Canadians to experience their rich history and heritage in a special way. 
Don’t miss out on this unique, historical experience. Reserve your tickets now as space is limited. For more information and tickets call 613-925-2896 or email ont-wellington@pc.gc.ca
National historic sites reflect the rich and varied heritage of our nation and provide an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about our diverse history. 

Quick Facts

·        Fort Wellington National Historic Site is located at 370 VanKoughnet Street in Prescott, Ontario and is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from May 19 to October 8, 2018. The site is open every day in July and August and closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays in May to June and September to October.  
·        On July 4, Parks Canada is proud to present the RCMP Musical Ride at Fort Wellington National Historic Site. The pre-show performance starts at 4:00 p.m. with Aboriginal Experiences, Arts and Culture group.
·        Fort Wellington was built to protect the St. Lawrence River transportation route during periods of Canadian military conflict beginning with the War of 1812, through the Rebellions of 1837 up until Canadian Confederation in 1867.
·        Tickets for whisky tasting seminars at Fort Wellington can be reserved up to 24 hours in advance by calling 613-925-2896 or by email at ont-wellington@pc.gc.ca. For the evenings of July 12 and August 10, the cost per ticket is for $64.95 plus tax, per event. For the August 24 event, the cost is $74.95 plus tax. Guests must be 19 years of age and over.
·        At Fort Wellington you can enlist in the Royal Artillery for the day and spend your time training to be a member of the fort’s cannon crew. With this mind-blowing, hands-on experience you actually get to fire a 19th century muzzle-loading cannon.
·        As reiterated in Budget 2018, the Government of Canada is pleased to offer free admission to all Parks  Canada places for youth aged 17 and under in 2018 and beyond. 
·        Parks Canada is also proud to continue to offer free admission for one year to new Canadian citizens through the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s Cultural Access Pass Program.

Associated Links

·        Parks Canada Website

·        Fort Wellington National Historic Site

·        Parks Canada mobile application

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