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Our Signature Events

Our signature events commemorate historic attacks that took place in the St. Lawrence region. In addition to these hallmark celebrations, there are also many regional and community events slated for the next three years, as well as workshops to help you into the spirit.


The Beginning of the War

When: June 18, 2012

Where: Gananoque, ON

Website: www.celebrate1812.ca

History: On June 18, 1812, President James Madison declared the United States of America's first war on a foreign country - Great Britain. This war would ultimately effect the peoples of another fledging nation, Canada.

Join us on June 18, 2012 as we commemorate the Declaration of War, a protracted conflict that would shape the destiny of Canada. To mark the anniversary, we will also unveil the Joel Stone Heritage Park.

Flight of the Royal George

When: June 29, 2012 to July 1, 2012

Where: Bath & Kingston, ON

Website: Town of Bath

History: On Nov. 9th, 1812 the USS Oneida and six gunboats under the command of Commodore Isaac Chauncey lay in wait off the False Duck islands in hope of intercepting HMS Royal George. The 22-gun corvette was the largest war ship on the Lake and was commanded by Commodore Hugh Earle of the Provincial Marine.

The following day, the Royal George was sighted on its way back from Fort George. Chauncey and his squadron gave chase through the Upper Gap. (between Amherst Island and the eastern-tip of Prince Edward County) into the Bay of Quinte.

Commemorative Events Include: Three Tall Ships, Seven Gunboats, 5 British/Canadian Regiments & 3 American Regiments. More>>


Raid on Gananoque

When: August 24-26, 2012

Where: Gananoque, ON

History: On September 21, 1812, during the War of 1812, a United States force of some 200 regulars and militia under Captain Benjamin Forsyth attacked Gananoque, Ontario. The village was an important forwarding point for supplies moving up the St. Lawrence River from Montreal to Kingston and was garrisoned by a detachment of the 2nd Leeds Militia under Colonel Joel Stone. After a spirited resistance, Colonel Stone withdrew his force comprising two subalterns and about forty soldiers, and the Americans seized the stores and burned the government depot. As a result of this raid, a blockhouse was begun in Gananoque the following month and completed in 1813.

Commemorative Events Include: Encampments, Militia Skirmishes and Heritage Artisans. More >>


Tall Ships Festival

When: June 15-16, 2013 (TBC) & September 11-15, 2013 (TBC)

Where: Brockville & Kingston, ON

Event: Brockville and Kingston will be part of a Pan Provincial Event in the summer of 2013 featuring visiting Tall Ships.

Commemorative Events Include: Tall ship tours


Battle of Crysler's Farm

When: July 13-14, 2013

Where: Morrisburg, ON

History: The battle of Crysler’s Farm, fought on a muddy farm field beside the St. Lawrence River on November 11, 1813, was a crucial moment in the history of Canada. It marked the end of the most serious American attempt to conquer Canada during the War of 1812. Colonel Joseph Morrison led his little army to victory, even though it was outnumbered nearly three to one by the American forces. Of Morrison’s 1229 soldiers, 929 were British regulars, 270 Canadian regulars, 60 were local militiamen from Dundas County and 30 were Mohawk warriors from Tyendinaga near Kingston.

November 11, 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Crysler’s Farm, a pivotal battle in the War of 1812.  The site’s annual Re-enactment Weekend event, to be held on July 13 & 14, promises to commemorate the anniversary in a big way, with festivities taking place around the Battle of Crysler’s Farm Mound and within historic Upper Canada Village itself.  The weekend will kick off a season of special commemorative events to be held throughout the region, which will wrap up back at the mound with a special dedication event on November 11th.

Commemorative Events Include: Encampments, Battle Re-enactments and Heritage Artisans. 


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