Tuesday, July 10, 2012

It's going to be a Naval War of 1812 weekend

The upcoming July 14-15, 2012 weekend will see some history come alive at Niagara-on-the-Lake as Parks Canada and the Royal Canadian Navy partner to produce the Navy of 1812: Sailors on the Lakes. A fleet of tall ships and longboats with 300 naval re-enactors will stage an assault landing and a Battle through the Fort at Fort George.

UPDATE: Tall Ships are coming to Toronto on Jul 13, 2012 at 7pm:  The 1812 Squadron includes vessels Pathfinder, Playfair, St. Lawrence II, Faire Jeanne, La Revenante and Caledonian. Toronto Brigantine’s own Captain Neale has been named Vice Commodore of the Squadron.
"The Navy of 1812: Sailors on the Lakes Naval encampment on the grounds of Navy Hall, Niagara-on-the-Lake, with 5 tall ships (4 Brigantines and a schooner-1812 Squadron) and 22 longboats with 300 naval re-enactors. Saturday July 14, plans call for a Longboat Processional Row at noon and at 2;00 pm an Assault landing exercise at Queens Royal Park featuring Defence Force marines and a "sham battle". "The Sailors' World in 1812" encampment features period music of "Gin Lane" and dancing demonstrations by the Fort York Regency Dancers. Sat at 7:00 pm there will be "Battle through the Fort" re-enactment at Fort George. Sunday July 15th there will be a 10:00 am Military Parade down Queen St and at 11:00 am a Naval Salute at Queens Royal Park. 2:00 pm is a final "Battle through the Fort" re-enactment at Fort George.This is a Parks Canada/Royal Canadian Navy partnered event."

There is also plenty of other activities planned in the next few months around the gorgeous town of Niagara-on-the-Lake including the RCMP Musical Ride August 31, A tour of the site of the Battle of Queenston Heights on October 12 with a battle re-enactment on October 13 and a Burial of Brock re-enactment on October 14.

Follow QEW Niagara bound and look for signs, it's about two hours from Toronto
Being a witness to the spectacle of history come alive is a great way to learn and have fun. The War of 1812 was a terrible conflict between countries that have forged strong friendships over time, however it helped to shape and define Canada. Plus seeing navy ships, the bloom of smoke and the loud crack of canon and musket fire makes the outdoor theatre in the Fort much more exciting than visiting a static museum display.

The town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Niagara Falls area is a perfect weekend getaway, so check out the wine making and attractions in the region during your visit to the War of 1812 battles.

Posted by James and Joe Hamilton.

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1 comment:

Toronto Brigantine said...

In addition to the 1812 Naval Reenactment this weekend, the Naval Squadron is also stopping off in Toronto on Frida night, Jul 12, 2012 for Captains Conference - last orders before battle the next day ... and a few hours of Jettyside Jollifcation at Toronto's waterfront.
Look forward to your visit.

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