Wednesday, June 27, 2012

War of 1812 Bicentennial Huronia Ontario Canada

The War of 1812 Events, Festivals, Reenactments plus 2012 Bicentennial Activities: Follow the featured events here:

Re-enactments at Fort Willow Minesing near Barrie

Events and Re-enactments  2012

Penetanguishene Museum

1812 travelling exhibit from Canadian War Museum - June 23rd to September 16th
Penetanguishene Museum, Penetanguishene Ontario

Discovery Harbour--War on the Lakes

Visitors to Discovery Harbour on Georgian Bay will be treated to naval  highlights of the War of 1812,  “War on the Lakes” art exhibit at Discovery Harbour runs Tuesday to Saturday to June 30, and seven days a week July 1 to September 2, 2012.  Discovery Harbour is in Penetanguishene Ontario

Karin Taylor, Curator at Huronia Historical Parks
Consisting of close to 40 pieces, the stunning “War on the Lakes” art exhibit largely
features the superb artwork of Canadian marine artist Peter Rindlisbacher. A richly-
coloured reproduction collection of his original paintings, complete with historical text,
gives visitors a tremendous survey of key Naval aspects of the War of 1812. Themes
include the siege of the Nancy (near present day Wasaga Beach), the history of the
General Hunter, the story of the massive ship St. Lawrence, and background regarding
many other vessels relating to the War of 1812.

The beautiful exhibit is part of the Bi-National 1812 Art Collection coordinated by Canadian Art Cards, originally selected from over 300 art submissions when the exhibit was initially developed.


Huronia Doors Open-Penetanguishene June 2,3

Free tours of  War of 1812 Military Site at Discovery Harbour on Saturday June 2. The history of Discovery Harbour began in 1793 when the area was scouted for use as a strategic naval base. The harbour was built during and after the War of 1812 for defence purposes. A provincial historic site, Discovery Harbour features the replica ships HMS Tecumseth and HMS Bee, as well as a collection of smaller vessels.  And tours at the Penetang town docks of the HMS Badger is a replica 1812 British gunboat fashioned after vessels common in Nelson’s navy during the Golden Age of sail.  Authentically rigged as a naval cutter, the Badger flies up to seven sails.  Stay overnight for this two day event

 Barrie Ontario: Celebrate Barrie June 1-3

Historic Downtown Barrie "Nine Mile Portage"
One of the first major re-enactments will take place in Barrie Ontario with the "Celebrate Barrie" on the first weekend in June. Take a journey back in time as Barrie commemorates the War of 1812  (1812-1814). Bicentennial and the founding of Barrie June 1-3 at Heritage Park. Featured hotels & resorts in the Barrie area
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Photo by R.Taylor:  Site of eastern terminus of an Indian portage from Kempenfeldt Bay to Willow Creek &  thence by the Nottawasaga River to Georgian Bay....... followed it on the way to relieve the isolated British garrison at Michilimackinac.

Related Stories:

Barrie launch festivities for the War of 1812's 200th anniversary
The Barrie Advance
Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman joined reinactor Lynne Downer, at the Queens Hotel
to launch the festivities for the War of 1812's 200th anniversary. A number
of events are planned to celebrate the milestone. Stan Howe photo BARRIE -
Barrie has a lot in store ...see complete story 

Related story on Re-enactments: Toronto Star My weekend in militia circa 1814


Nancy Island Historic War of 1812 Site Opens New Interpretive Centre 

The Barrie Advance: Thhe centre was completed this year in preparation for the War of 1812 bicentennial events planned over the next three summers. Staff photo: Trina Berlo WASAGA BEACH – The community is invited to celebrate the grand opening of the new welcome centre on May 24, 2012. More on Wasaga Beach Ontario, Georgian Bay was a major supply route to  support the British forces along Lake Huron to Detroit.  Take Highway 26 from Barrie to Wasaga Beach.  More on the cross-border Civil War of 1812.

War of 1812 Naval Battles Georgian Bay Lake Huron

Several of Ontario's first naval battles occurred during the War of 1812 along the Great Lakes. Georgian Bay, Lake Huron was instrumental in transporting supplies to the British forces. Historian and author Alan Taylor will be at the Huronia Museum to discuss his most recent book "Civil War of 1812" on May 4. See more information on upcoming events concerning the Georgian Bay War of 1812

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