Transcript for Fab Forts Weekend: Fortifications of Québec

Animated title sequence: "Fab Forts Weekend: Fortifications of Québec". War camp music played at the flute in background.

[In front of St-John's gate, Parka is saluting and dancing in front of tourists.]

[Between a British gun carriage warehouse and a Canadian arsenal foundry building are visitors going around the tents and installations of the Fab Forts Weekend about the War of 1812.]

Francisco Ortega, Visitor: It’s really interesting, fun for the whole family. My daughter played with the toys. They gave my wife and I some questionnaires and explained everything. It really was interesting.

[A Parks Canada employee is instructing kids about games of the 19th century. ]

Geneviève Nantel, Visitor: In fact, we did some research yesterday on a trip to Quebec City. Kids are fascinated by cannon fire, so my little boys loved watching those cannons being fired!

[Artillery maneuvers explaned by two costumed soldiers of the artillery regiment to young visitors.]

Jean-François Hodgson, Visitor: This is an interesting overview that gives us a real sense of the issues of the time. They took a few questions, they were able to win a hat. Very interesting overall.

[A Parks Canada employee surrounded by two young recruits costumed as British soldiers.]

Bryce Mcbride, Visitor: My son goes '' Oh it's war of 1812 things '' and so it good to have these things sort of in a sequence to see the history in order.

[View of one of the tent with costumes and hats of British soldiers.]

Deb Kelner, Visitor: Everything we learned was different than what we knew. I think we thought that the war of 1812 was about British aggression.

Bryce Mcbride, Visitor: What I've learned is that it was the United States who wanted to finish what they considered unfinished business from 1775, to incorporate all of British North America in the United States. It’s important I guess because that didn’t happen.

Geneviève Nantel, Visitor: It was cool to see Laura Secord again. When I was young we had the heritage minutes on TV. And now it’s great to see her story put back in context, to know it was 1812.

[View of a tent exposing the history of Salaberry and Laura Secord.]

Nicolas Pouliot, Visitor: It’s cool to learn where we come from,to know more about our own history.

[Kids are lifting a cannon with an artillery winch under the supervisions of soldiers.]

Deb Kelner, Visitor: A wonderful history lesson. I think that you've got a wonderful perspective for children. So that you've got a way for children to be involved, to play games of the time, to dress in costumes, to interact, and you've got people to explain and answer questions militarily and culturally. It’s a lovely exhibition and we were very lucky to be here.

[Visitors are getting served tea in an officer's mess while listening to a Parks Canada guide.]

A desire to learn more about Canada. You are our neighbours to the north; we have a great deal of respect for you.

Bryce Mcbride, Visitor: We actually were just in Quebec City for the a little holiday. We were just walking by St-Jean Street and said ''What's this, it’s interesting" and walked down. So we didn’t plan to come here, but we’re very happy to have come.

[Parka is doing her favorite dance in front of St-John's gate.]

Francisco Ortega, Visitor: You had different cultures working together to successfully defend themselves against the Americans. So perhaps we owe it all to them, otherwise we wouldn’t have the Canada we know today. History might have taken a totally different course.

[Parka is doing her favorite dance in front of St-John's gate.]

Credits:

Parks Canada logo.

© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by Parks Canada, 2012.

Canada wordmark.

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