War of 1812 – Bicentennial commemorated this year

Early settlement of the Ottawa Valley started with the disbanding of the British regiments after the war of 1812.  Since this is the bicentennial of the war of 1812, you might be interested in checking out a new and exciting site at www.thewarof1812.net.  This dynamic website has been developed by Peter Konieczny and Sandra Sadowski to spread the word about a conflict many Canadians know virtually nothing about.  According to Peter & Sandra, “their latest launch comes at a time when preserving history is becoming more and more challenging. With government funding being cut, universities scaling down programs, and historical sites disappearing, www.thewarof1812.net offers an important part of Canada’s past a whole new home.” 
Also, check out this book by local author, A. Barry Roberts, titled “For King and Canada.”  This is a detailed account of the story of the 100th Regiment of Foot during the war, and how they later became redcoat soldier-settlers in Goulbourn Township.

The Official War of 1812 Bicentennial Website at http://www.visit1812.com/  is fairly dry but does offer a list of the events planned from July through October to commemorate the war, ending the weekend of October 12-14 with “the largest battle reenactment in Canada to commemorate the Bicentennial! This major event will be held on the very battlefield on the very day where British and American forces faced off in the War of 1812’s first significant conflict. Hundreds of re-enactors will march from Fort George and take the field to recreate the momentous battle where a gallant leader was lost and history was made. There will be battlefield tours and educational programs at Queenston Heights Park all day Friday with evening fireworks showering the Niagara River from the American encampments in Lewiston. Saturday welcomes the major battle reenactment and commemorative service at Brock’s Monument with tours, period merchants, a lacrosse display match, music, and gala dinner at Queenston Heights. Fireworks will cap the off the day on the Heights as Brock’s body is solemnly led from the battlefield. On Sunday activities shift to Niagara-on-the-Lake where Brock’s funeral procession will move through the Town and his burial at Fort George will be recreated. Activities will also be ongoing all weekend in the Town of Lewiston, NY. This event is a joint endeavour through the efforts of the Niagara Parks Commission, Parks Canada, the Friends of Fort George, the Queenston Residents Association, and the Historical Association of Lewiston.”

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