One Man’s March Across Eastern Ontario to Honour History
Imagine marching from Fredericton to Kingston in the dead of winter – 200 years ago. Forget our modern highways. Think dense forests and frozen rivers. Your best assets are snowshoes and a woolen great coat.
That’s what Michael Berk hopes to evoke as he completes the 220km of a recreation march through Eastern Ontario.
New Brunswick's 104th Regiment of Foot March
Tracing the steps of New Brunswick’s 104th Regiment of Foot, the march has made its way from Fredericton, through Quebec and over the Plains of Abraham, to arrive in Ontario on April 6th.
In just 7 days, Michael and members of three local reserve regiments will march from Bainsville to Kingston. While reservists will change in relay, Michael hopes to complete the whole distance.
In 1813, 554 men marched for 54 days, building a legend in its time due to courage and perseverance of the unit's soldiers and officers.
When asked why he planned to march 220 km across Eastern Ontario, Berk said: “The original story of the 104th is only one example of personal endurance and dedication exhibited by Canadians during those times. Such stories and memories must be preserved in the public consciousness”.
Beyond raising awareness for Canadian military feat, Berk is also raising money for a local heritage initiative. The Spencerville's Heritage Fair offers visitors the opportunity to really experience history, by reliving it themselves. The event, which takes place June 21-23, is run by a small charitable organization in a quaint heritage village.
Berk plans to keep a video log of his march, which will be made available to media partners. He will also post updates to the @CrowderHouse twitter account, using the hashtag #104thMarch.
If you wish to support Michael's March for Heritage, feel free to make a donation on-line in the box below. A number of sponsorship opportunities are available as well.
If you run an event this year that relates to early Upper Canadian heritage, please let him know and he will endeavour to mention it as many times as possible during various media opportunities.
About Michael Berk
Michael is an independent security consultant with CHI Security, a Co-Chair of the Spencerville Heritage Fair, member of the Grenville Militia (a living history reenactment unit) and an occasional caller with the Spencerville English Country Dance Club.