With 2012 marking the bicentennial of The War of 1812 you’ve probably hearing a lot of buzz about the exciting events planned to mark the event across the province. Fort George is no exception. With a full schedule of commemorative events – including reenactments, soirees and concerts – this historic site has a lively summer ahead. Here are the top four reasons to plan your visit to to Fort George National Historic Site of Canada this summer:
1. Buzz across Canada
Be part of a national celebration! On June 13th, 2012 Canada AM broadcasted live from Fort George. It was a full morning of 1812 fashion, fort fun and cannon firings. If you missed the show you can catch up on here.
2. Amazing music acts
What do Death Cab for Cutie, The New Pornographers, The Rural Alberta Advantage and The Tragically Hip all have in common? They’ll be performing Saturday, June 30 at the Bi-Centennial Concert Celebration at neighbouring Butler’s Barrack’s National Historic Site. If you love Canadian music this is a must.
3. Experience time travel
For an authentic 1812 experience look no further than inside the walls of the fort. From period costumed interpreters, to culinary treats from the time period, to a functioning blacksmith’s shop, you’ll swear you’ve stumbled back in time. Plus, watch for October’s recreation of the Battle of Queenston Heights as hundreds of re-enactors from the United States and Canada faithfully re-create this famous battle that helped form the Nation of Canada.
4. An amazing kick-off celebration!
The fun gets underway June 18th with the Declaration of War Weekend – and as an added bonus Fort George is offering free admission between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Bring the family and celebrate a truly remarkable historic attraction. Enjoy!
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How will you be commemorating the War of 1812?