There is an obvious abundance of history in the Ottawa area, both within the city itself, and in the nearby communities reaching out in all directions.
We recently went to Prescott ON for our son’s hockey tournament; here we once again happened upon the richness of the local history.
Prescott is a pretty old town about 50 mins away from Ottawa. It is located along the St. Lawrence, which is the dividing line between Ontario and upstate New York. You can look down the sloping streets of Prescott and see Ogdensden, N.Y. across the river to the south.
Fort Wellington, which was built during the War of 1812, is situated in the middle Prescott – right behind the local hockey arena actually. The Fort was built to help protect the British/Canadian shipping route between Kingston and Montreal and to repel American aggression from the south.
This year is the bicentennial of the war, which, come summer, will be the subject of much fanfare in several areas along the upper St. Lawrence and various spots along the great lakes.
Below are a couple quick shots of the Fort, as well as shots/video from the neighbouring arena where Alistair was proud to receive his “Player of the Game” award for being an excellent little d-man for his team. (I captured the moment from the team bench while filling in for one of the coaches.)