Commemorating the War of 1812

Activities and Events 2014

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The list below offers a quick glance at activities and events taking place at Parks Canada sites in 2014 to mark this important event.

Fort Malden National Historic Site, Amherstburg, Ontario

  • July 1, 2014 - Celebrating Canada's Birthday 
    Event will feature war of 1812 programming.

Fort George National Historic Site, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario  

  • July 1, 2014 - Celebrate Canada's Birthday in true 1812 style 
    Festivities will include 1812 programming, music and fireworks.
  • July 12, 2014 - Celtic Festival
    Over 150 pipers, drummers and dancers from across Canada will descend on Fort George for a day of Celtic excitement. The day will include War of 1812 programming with muskets, cannons, fifes and drums, and much more.
  • August 16 and 17, 2014 - Fife and Drum Muster and Soldiers' Field Day
    This annual event sees Fife and Drum Corps from across North America travel to Fort George for performances and demonstrations of 1812 Music. The event will include War of 1812 Drill Squads from Fort Erie, Fort York, Fort Malden and Fort George showing off their skills in a friendly drill competition and a variety of activities including musket and cannon demonstrations and an evening tattoo.
  • December 13, 2014 - War of 1812 Garrison Christmas
    This annual event shows what Christmas was like in an 1812 fort. Music, games, crafts, and refreshments for the whole family.

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • May 7 to October 31, 2014 (open daily) - "On the Trail of Tecumseh" - LAST YEAR FOR THIS Original Art Exhibit!
    The Shawnee Chief Tecumseh was a vital ally for British forces in Canada during the War of 1812. Richard Rudnicki is a Halifax-based artist who prepared these original illustrations for the children's book Tecumseh, which was written by James Laxer. Taken together, these paintings tell the tale of Tecumseh's early life, his travels, his struggles, his alliance with Britain, and his death in battle. This exhibit also includes an "art centre" where budding artists can create their own illustrations.
  • June 7, 2014 - Commemorative Concert
    The third annual concert to commemorate Canada's military heritage will take place on Saturday afternoon June 7. The Tri Service Cadets and the Dartmouth Schools Senior Concert Band will perform alongside the site's own 78th Highlanders.  Music from the War of 1812 to the two World Wars will echo through the fortress from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Also take time while at the site to explore the special exhibit featuring the Atlantic Canadian World War II Living History Association.
    August 16, 2014 - Fab Forts Weekend
    The Halifax Citadel was built to protect a city, a culture, and a way of life. Rediscover the reason why the Halifax Citadel is so fabulous! Special activities highlighting the Citadel's and Halifax's connection to the War of 1812 are planned for the entire family to enjoy - watch for more details coming soon!
  • August 22, 2014, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm - Freedom of the City
    The Halifax Citadel's iconic 78th Highlanders will exercise its Freedom of the City by parading through Halifax "with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed." Dedicated for a third year to the War of 1812, the parade begins at the Halifax Citadel at 11:00 am and continues to the Grand Parade, finishing up at Government House.
  • September 20 and 21, 2014 - American Revolutionary War to War of 1812
    Discover a pivotal event in the making of both Canada and the United States, and one which led directly to the War of 1812: the American Revolution! This living history event will feature a military encampment and demonstrations of authentic camp cooking and period food, as well as a mock battle and cannon and musket firings from the late 18th century.

Fort Lennox National Historic Site

  • August 2 to 10, 2014 - Archaeology Week
     More details to come.
  • August 23 and 24, 2014 - Historical Re-enactments and Period Encampment
    Your senses will be overwhelmed! These two special days will feature a period encampment from the War of 1812 and battle manoeuvres and re-enactments. More than 50 historical re-enactors are expected!
  • August 23, 2014 - Friends of Fort Lennox Méchoui
    The Friends of Fort Lennox would like to invite you to a feast of charcoal-braised meat. Stay tuned for more details!
    Reservations are required: 450-291-3293
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Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site

  • August 22 and 23, 2014 - Ghost Walk
    Come walk amid the candlelit pathways through the ruins of old Fort St. Joseph. Listen to the sound of bagpipes and First Nations drums, with the Milky Way shining brightly above. Watch and listen as the "spirits" of the past return to tell their stories of life at the fort long ago. Reservations required - tickets are limited. Admission charge : $9.80/person
  • August 23, 2014 - Commemorative Event
    Join the Algoma 1812 as they commemorate the capture of the USS Tigress and USS Scorpion. A wreath-laying ceremony and a moment of silence will take place during the opening ceremony. The event will also focus on the Treaty of Ghent and the impact it had on this region.