Usually by this time of year the Fort would be filled with the sounds of the Guard training for opening day. Friends who haven’t seen each other since last summer would be catching up while shining their boots in the locker room, and the new group of rookies would be getting an intense introduction to Guard life – everything from basic foot drill to preparing to deliver their first guided tour to a rowdy group of Grade 8s.
Unfortunately, the Fort is quiet right now, and likely will be for some time due to the pandemic. The St. Lawrence Parks Commission announced in early May that the opening of the Fort, which was scheduled to take place on May 16, has been delayed, and several events scheduled for this season have been cancelled. You can check the Fort Henry website for regular updates here.
Obviously this is difficult news, and our thoughts are with all of the students who were planning to return to the Guard for another amazing summer, and all of the part-time and full-time staff at the Fort. The Guard has brought the Fort to life for decades, and we look forward to welcoming them all back when it’s safe to do so. In the meantime, we hope all of our former and current Guard are safe and healthy.