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I Love Forts!

I admit. There’s a part of me that likes really weird and random things. I like two-tone shoes, shirts with animals doing funny things on them (like squirrels parachuting), and I have this fascination with forts.

I love forts.

And it being April, it’s almost that time again…fort season!

I’m lucky enough to be engaged to someone that understands and accepts my love of forts. Last year on the way home from Ottawa, we stopped at Prescott – The Fort Town – and walked around Fort Wellington. It wasn’t necessarily the best fort, but it would do. Plus, when he stopped en-route to take me to said fort, I knew then and there that I had found the man for me.

Fort Mackinac

My absolute favourite fort is Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island, Michigan. My family use to go on boating trips to Mackinac in the summer and we’d always spend a day at the fort and tour some of the other historical buildings in the downtown area. Mackinac Island is this cute little piece of land in the Upper Peninsula that’s only 8 miles around. No cars are allowed on the island, so the only way to get there is by ferry. Once you’re there, it’s like being transported to the 1800s – the only way to get around is by walking, bicycle or horse-drawn carriages. They’ve kept the old buildings looking immaculate. It’s tiny and hidden, but one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever travelled to. I haven’t been back in a few years, but next summer we’re trying to plan a trip. It’s been too long.

As for the fort, it’s a fort done right. The buildings are well maintained and the displays are interesting. They have a crew of re-enactors that do court martials, rifle and cannon firings. When I was about 12 or so, I even volunteered to put my finger over the cannon while they put the gun powder in. I was picked out of a crowd of 30. That’s right! Who loves forts? This girl!

What’s Next?

This year I have two forts on the list. I’ve already been to Fort York here in Toronto, but it was a really long time ago, so I’d like to check it out again. Plus, my fiance has never been. Actually, he never even knew there was a fort in the city until he met me. I kindly filled him in on that little fact.

The second is Fort Henry in Kingston. I’ve never actually been to this one, but word on the street is that it’s a pretty good time. Apparently they have a ghost tour as well, so double points for you, Fort Henry! It’s shaping up to be a good summer.

Any forts that should be on my list? Let me know!

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