Saturday, June 23, 2012

Upcoming St Lawrence War of 1812 events

Events in Ontario are heating up for the commemoration of the 2012 Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Luckily the conflict was a mere blink in time and the normal friendly relationship between Canada and the United States returned quickly. In fact if our countries were people - we would have been married by now!
On June 18, 1812 America declared war, for the first time ever, and on July 12 the Amercians marched into Canada, with battles ranging around the Niagara Region, the real Golden Horseshoe, through GYA (the Greater York Area) and onto the Great Lakes and the St Lawrence River.

Next week from June 29 to July 1, 2012 features the largest naval reenactment to be held during Bicentennial Celebrations with the Flight of the Royal George at Fort Henry in Kingston, just a couple hours east of Toronto - which is part of the St Lawrence War of 1812 Bicentennial Alliance events. An impressive naval fleet of five Tall Ships and ten Gunboats will be joined by twenty four Regiments taking part in this grand reenactment.

Flight of the Royal George
June 29 - July 1, 2012
Fort Henry, Kingston, Bath, ON

"This summer you are invited to a St. Lawrence War of 1812 Bicentennial Alliance event: The Flight of the Royal George. Friday June 29, Saturday June 30, and Sunday July 1 will see an incredible series of events unfold between Bath and Kingston along the shores of Lake Ontario. This living history event will feature tall ships and gunboats, with period encampments and three naval battles over the course of the weekend. Fort Henry is also presenting a massive Evening Military Tattoo and fireworks starting at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday don’t miss the Canada Day parade in Bath and a naval reenactment. Flight of the Royal George 2012 is being hosted by The St. Lawrence Bicentennial Alliance, Canadian Fencibles, Fairfield-Gutzeit Society, and the St. Lawrence Parks Commission."

Go for a battle and stay for the attractions around the beautiful City of Kingston along the St Lawrence. Other great 1812 themed events in the area include:

Attack on Gananoque August 24-26, 2012

Commemorating the first U.S. attack on the St. Lawrence River Gananoque, September 21, 1812. Encampment, sutlers, artisans and displays. Proclamation & skirmishes with 2nd Leeds Militia. Children’s muster. Afternoon & evening naval battles. Live entertainment. Exhibits at Arthur Child Heritage Museum. Involving Tall Ships, Gunboats with British/Canadian and American Regiments.

Tall Ships Festival Brockville July 15-17, 2013

Tall ships, WIne & Food Festival, Brock Trail and the opening of the Maritime Discovery Centre in Brockville. Part of a Pan Provincial Event in the summer of 2013 featuring visiting Tall Ships.

Battle of Crysler's Farm July 13-14, 2013 & November 11, 2013, 9:00

Our re-enactment weekend at the Battlefield Memorial adjacent to Upper Canada Village on July 13-14.
Remembrance service at the Battlefield Memorial on November 11, the actual date of the 200th anniversary of the battle that turned aside the largest American invasion of the

Photos from the 1812 reenactment at Wasaga Beach. Posted by Joe Hamilton.

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