Fort Cumberland historic site to open Friday

Summer of activites at historic fort in Aulac, N.B.

Published on June 23, 2014

AULAC, N.B. – Fort Cumberland National Historic Site will open for the season Friday. The site has numerous activities that visitors can take part in during the summer.

“This is absolutely one of the greatest places to come with your family,” interpretation officer co-ordinator Juliette Bulmer said. “Kids love it here; with wide open spaces, underground tunnels, massive cannons and the wind blowing through their hair, kids let their imaginations run wild. Pack a picnic lunch and plan on spending a couple of hours.”

On July 1, during the Canada Day celebrations, members of the Sky-Lines Kite Club from Dieppe, N.B., will demonstrate and hold a workshop on how to build and fly kites. If you’re lucky, you may even get to try out some of their kites!

On New Brunswick Day, Aug. 4, the site will host heritage activities throughout the day, featuring a special presentation by Earle Lockerby, co-author of the book Jeremiah Bancroft at Fort Beauséjour & Grand-Pré.

Are you looking for family activities? Fort Beauséjour- Fort Cumberland features an exciting Xplorers Program for children ages six to 11.

During their visit, children will receive an Xplorers booklet full of fun activities that enable them and their families to discover this fabulous historic site.

A scavenger hunt will also be offered this summer through which children can discover unique objects related to the site’s history and the partially restored, stabilized ruins of the fort.

Would you rather explore the fort on your own? Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland offers as well the Explora Fort Tour, which is a new GPS-based self guided tour, filled with stories, photos and quizzes that help visitors learn about the fort and its inhabitants as they stroll through the site.

So pack a lunch, your kite and binoculars, and come on down to the fort! Be sure to take the time to admire the panoramic view of the Bay of Fundy from atop the fort’s bastions. 

Quick facts

· Open from Friday, June 27 to Monday, September 1, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

· Built by the French in 1751, Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland is one of the oldest forts in North America and is an excellent venue to view a heritage landscape of great importance to Canadian history.

· Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland National Historic Site commemorates the role of the site played in the struggle between France and Britain, and subsequently between Britain and the American colonies, for the domination of North America, between 1751 and 1783.