Just a “Wee” Bit of Whisky at Fort Wellington National Historic Site – HomeTown TV12

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

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


Fort hosts Whisky Seminars for Canada 150

Prescott – Parks Canada invites you to raise a glass at Fort Wellington National Historic Site for Canada 150. Join in on a daily alcohol ration in a rare evening whisky seminar at the historic fort. While beer was common for British troops in Upper Canada, today’s visitors to Fort Wellington have the rare opportunity to taste some sensational whisky this summer.

For two nights only, Parks Canada will be hosting whisky tastings at Fort Wellington with Just a Wee Dram Whisky Seminars to be held on Thursday, June 22nd and Thursday, August 31st from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sylvain Bouffard, a retired Colonel of the Canadian Armed Forces, will inspire the senses through a selection of fine whiskies. Program participants will learn about whisky making and a variety of techniques of whisky sampling.

Each tasting will be matched with specific food pairings that will bring out the flavours in each whisky. To make the experience even more authentic, the whisky will be served in special crystal sampling glass imported from Scotland. Whether new to whisky or an aficionado, the historic, and possibly haunted blockhouse at Fort Wellington offers an authentic and intimate location that will 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.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government is very pleased to offer free admission to all Parks Canada places in 2017. The FREE Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass provides unlimited opportunities to enjoy national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas across the country. Please note that only admission is free for 2017. There are fees for enhanced interpretative programs and recreational services and products such as camping and firewood, fishing permits and overnight
backcountry use.
Quick Facts

· Throughout a whisky seminar at Fort Wellington, each featured whisky will be paired with a food sampling that will bring out the flavours of the whisky. Tickets are available to those over the age of majority in Ontario for $59.95 per person.

· The fort was first built during the War of 1812 to defend the St. Lawrence River shipping route from attack by the United States. Troops at the fort were called into active battle 2 km from Fort Wellington at the Battle of the Windmill during the 1837-38 Upper Canada rebellions.
· 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.

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