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Commemorating the War of 1812

Message from Minister Aglukkaq

Leona Aglukkaq The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
© Government of Canada

The Parks Canada team is welcoming Canadians of all ages and interests to personally relive the events of the War of 1812 in their evocative landscapes, forts and buildings.  Visitors will appreciate authentic, not to-be-missed events, including experiencing the lifestyle of 1812 at home and on the battle front, fireworks, concerts of modern and period music, tall ship visits, grand encampments and military re-enactments.

Part of Parks Canada's mandate is to protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada's historical heritage and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure their commemorative integrity for present and future generations of Canadians.

The Parks Canada Agency manages over 20 national historic sites where significant events of the War of 1812 took place. It is the leading presenter of historic experiences from an era that marked North American history.

From Signal Hill in Newfoundland to Fort St. Joseph in the Algoma region of Ontario, these powerful places tell the most moving and inspiring stories from this time of conflict and courage, stories that help us connect with our roots and values as a nation. 

As Minister responsible for Parks Canada, I invite you to include these outstanding destinations in your travels and vacations for the coming years. We can all be proud of our country's national treasures and national historic sites which are vibrant centres of community life and engaging history.