Ignite the Fort

Celebrate the holiday season at Fort William Historical Park!

December 7th-8th, 2019 • 1pm to 6pm

Celebrate the holiday season at Fort William Historical Park's Ignite the Fort. This family-friendly event will kindle your holiday spirit with plenty of fun seasonal activities. The festivities will include a brilliant tree lighting ceremony to "Ignite the Fort." Following Ignite the Fort, the festivities continue with the Star of Bethlehem event at the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory from 6pm-8pm.

All Ignite the Fort ticket holders will receive $3.00-$5.00 off admission to the Star of Bethlehem on December 7th and 8th, 2019.


  Ignite the Fort Star of Bethlehem Stars Ignite Combo-Pass  
Adult $10.00 $10.00 $15.00  
Student $8.00 $8.00 $11.00 Valid with Student ID
Senior $8.00 $8.00 $11.00 60+ year of age
Youth $8.00 $8.00 $11.00 Ages 6-12
Child Free Free Free 5 & under

Tickets can be purchased by calling 807-473-2344 or in person at the Fort William Historical Park Visitor Centre during Ignite the Fort. (*Prices include HST)


  • Meet Santa Claus
  • Enjoy scenic wagon rides
  • Get wrapped-up in historical re-enactments
  • Make and enjoy bannock, fudge and candy samples
  • Capture the Past: Dress-up as a historic character and take your picture in Fort William's historic setting
  • Make holiday crafts including candles, toys and holiday greeting cards
  • Enjoy storytelling, cookie decorating and a scavenger hunt
  • And much more! 

Help support the United Way:

Tree Lighting $1.00 per bulbPurchase a tree bulb for the holiday tree 


• Gingerbread House Making
• Log Sawing
• Fur Pack Toboggan Pull
• Vote for and Name your Favourite Candy

Getting Here

Fort William Historical Park is located at 1350 King Road, Thunder Bay. Click here to get directions to the Park. Parking is free.

Thunder Bay Transit
Click here to review the City of Thunder Bay Transit website.

Access by bike or snow machine

  • Cyclists are welcome; bike racks are available
  • Snow machines cannot park at the event; there is no admission via the Kaministiquia River

What to Bring

  • Weather appropriate clothing

Food and Beverage

  • The Cantine Restaurant will be offering a full menu (Debit, Visa, MasterCard and cash are accepted)
  • Outside food and beverages are not allowed - In the case of dietary restrictions please contact the Visitor Experiences Coordinator at (807) 473-2357 to make alternate arrangements prior to the event date
  • ATM available at the Visitor Centre

Event Rules and Regulations

  • Fort William Historical Park has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy. Any patron found to be in contravention with the rules and regulations will be dealt with accordingly.
  • Pets are not allowed at this event.

The event is a go in all weather conditions. Activites are subject to change or cancellation.