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How Fort George made soldiers battle-ready for the Great War
Members of the Dominon of Canada Re-enactment Corps storm through barbed wire during a First World War re-eactment of an assault on a fixed location. RICHARD WRIGHT
Dallas Thibodeau fires a grenade from a First World War-era launcher during a re-enactment of an assault on a fixed position June 22 at Fort George. RICHARD WRIGHT
Peter Monahan plays the role of battlefield doctor during the First World War re-enactment of a Canadian offensive on June 22. A modern-day crowd listened intently as the doc described how battlefield medicine worked in that era. RICHARD WRIGHT
The realism of the First World War battle re-enactment at Fort George on June 22 even showed the heroics that went into saving injured soldiers on the field of battle. RICHARD WRIGHT

The way Fort George appears now to visitors is the way it looked during the War of 1812.

However, for a period of time in the late 1800s and into the early 1900s, the government of Canada turned the fort into an installation called Camp Niagara. It encompassed Fort George but also much of what is modern day Old Town Niagara-on-the-Lake.

During the First World War, the camp served as a battle training ground for Canadian troops.

On June 22 and 23, to commemorate the First World War, Parks Canada and re-enactors brought Camp Niagara back with displays and demonstrations honouring those who fought in the war.

 

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