Modern Fort William
The main mandate of Fort William Historical Park is to serve as an economic catalyst in Northwestern Ontario through the staging of regional festivals and by attracting visitors from across North America and around the world.
The provincial government announced plans for re-building Fort William in 1969. Reconstruction of what was originally known as Old Fort William began in 1971. In 1973, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip officially opened the Fort to the general public. The Visitor Centre later opened in 1992.
Fort William has served as host to other noteworthy personages, including the Duke and Duchess of York in 1987, and Lieutenant-Governors of Ontario Hilary Weston in 2000 and James Bartleman in 2003.
By virtue of staging two successive Rock the Fort concerts and other music festivals, the Fort has played host to many popular musical performers including, Bachman/Cummings, Heart, Vince Neil of Motley Crue, The Stampeders, Lou Gramm of Foreigner and Pam Tillis.
Thanks to its varied multi-component conference facilities, FWHP has also hosted the Canada Cancer Society's Relay for Life, National Aboriginal Day, the Cheerios Mother/Daughter Walk for Life and many other official functions.