Commemorate the War of 1812

The Ottawa Citizen June 29, 2012

To mark the bicentennial of one of the most important turning points in the country’s history, this year’s Canada Day celebrations will offer tributes to those who fought in the War of 1812.

To mark the bicentennial of one of the most important turning points in the country’s history, this year’s Canada Day celebrations will offer tributes to those who fought in the War of 1812.

Photograph by: Pat McGrath , The Ottawa Citizen

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To mark the bicentennial of one of the most important turning points in the country’s history, this year’s Canada Day celebrations will offer tributes to those who fought in the War of 1812.

PARLIAMENT HILL

2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Drums, Crown Forces 1812: Formed in 2000 from fifers and drummers gathered together from various War of 1812 re-enactment units, this group will commemorate the service of all British and Canadian field musicians during the War of 1812 with three performances on fifes and drums.

2 p.m.-5 p.m. The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Giant Map: Explore battle sites on land and in the water, the borders of British and American territory and much more by stepping onto the map — and back in time — to see how the war shaped our country.

2:30, 3:30, 4:30 p.m. Afro-Caribbean Dance Group presents Black Corps: War of 1812: Told in dance and music from black America, the Caribbean and Africa, the show tells the story of 35 black men who fought and won fame in the war.

ROYAL CANADIAN MINT

320 Sussex Dr.

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

1812 coin exchange: Bring $2 in change and the Mint will let you exchange it for a new 1812-2012 toonie commemorating the war’s 200th anniversary.

1812 photo op: Have your photo taken with the Mint’s period-dressed staff.

MAJOR’S HILL PARK

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

1812 on Tour: A Time to Discover: Parks Canada’s “1812 on Tour” kiosk offers an easy way to learn about this significant chapter in Canada’s history, as well as the most important locations, forts and buildings related to the War of 1812.

CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM

9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

1812: An innovative exhibition that presents the conflict through the eyes of the war’s four main participants: Canadians, Americans, the British and First Nations peoples. Featuring more than 160 artifacts (including British General Isaac Brock’s uniform, complete with its fatal musket ball hole), it will give visitors a deeper understanding of the war, its causes and its consequences by presenting the conflict from all four viewpoints, then letting viewers draw their own conclusions about the historic events.

Faces of 1812: Highlights the human side of the war. It consists mainly of portraits drawn from the Library and Archives Canada collection, as well as artifacts and other works of art depicting military scenes and everyday life in the early 19th century.

KINGSTON, ONT.

11:45 a.m.-2 p.m.

Flight of the Royal George: For a noisy look at the war, take in the final day of the re-enactment of the flight of the Royal George. In November 1812, the 22-gun British tall ship was chased for two days from the Bay of Quinte to Kingston by the American tall ship Oneida and six Yankee gunboats. Today’s re-enactment of the four gunboat battles that ensued off Kingston offers viewing areas at:

11:45 a.m. Macdonald Park (on King Street near Queen’s University)

12:45 p.m. Mississauga Point (near the Kingston Marine Museum)

1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Point Frederick (Royal Military College) and Point Henry (Old Fort Henry)

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