Sunset Ceremony Returns to Fort Henry

Ticket sales open July 13 for August performances of the popular military precision demonstration

Kingston, ON – The Sunset Ceremony is making its return to Fort Henry for the 2023 season, on select evenings in August. Rich with pageantry and performance and set against an awe-inspiring sunset, Fort Henry’s Sunset Ceremony has become a must-see for both Kingston residents and visitors. Tickets for both shows are on sale as of July 13, 2023, at 11:00 a.m.

The Sunset Ceremony is an impressive show of military precision, featuring disciplined marching manoeuvres, rifle drill, military music, cannon firing, and a fireworks finale. Guests will be transported back in time as they experience the sights and sounds of the Fort Henry Guard performing military music and drill sequences inside the limestone walls of Fort Henry National Historic Site.

What guests need to know

The world-famous performances are held in Fort Henry’s Parade Square.

  • Tickets are available for purchase online at starting July 13, 2023, at 11:00 a.m.
  • Shows take place August 5, 9, 16, 23 and 30
  • General adult admission is $20.00 + HST (youth $16.00 + HST)
  • Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the show runs 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Premium balcony seating adult admission is $40.00 + HST (youth $30+HST)
  • Includes: Optimal view of the performance and complimentary snack from the on-site bakery.
  • An accessibility shuttle will be offered for guests who need help into the Lower Fort before and after the show on a first-come, first-served basis.

About Fort Henry
Fort Henry was built between 1832 and 1837, designed as the key site in a network of fortifications for the defense of the Rideau Canal and the Kingston harbour. Garrisoned by British soldiers until 1870, and abandoned by Canadian troops in 1891, Fort Henry fell into disrepair. In 1936, the Fort underwent restoration and opened as a living history museum in 1938. Now a National Historic Site, Fort Henry has seen millions of visitors pass through its gates, entering the realm of 19th century military life. Guests experience self-guided tours, scenic views, heart-pounding musical performances and precision military demonstrations by the Fort Henry Guard, a highly disciplined group of student recruits trained as British soldiers from 1867.

About St. Lawrence Parks Commission
The St. Lawrence Parks Commission, an agency of the Government of Ontario, operates facilities stretching from Kingston to the Quebec border, including Upper Canada Village, Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site); Kingston Pen Tours, Crysler Park Marina, Upper Canada Golf Course, Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary and 10 campgrounds and 6 beach day-use picnic areas including the Long Sault and Thousand Islands Parkways.

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