Grimsby gateway now a door to War of 1812

NiagaraThisWeek

Sep 03, 2012

Grimsby gateway now a door to War of 1812. Visitors coming through Niagara’s gateway in Grimsby can learn all about the War of 1812 and bicentennial celebrations taking place across the region thanks to a new partnership between Tourism Excellence Niagara and the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council. Pictured from left are: Marcus Andrews, Naomi Beirnes, Rob MacKenzie (Legacy Council Board Member), Sandy MacKenzie, Miriam, John Dunstall, Craig Tallman and Brian Merrett.
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Looking for information on the War of 1812 and bicentennial events taking place across the region? Head to Grimsby’s Gateway Niagara tourism centre.The Niagara Tourism Information Centre located inside the welcome centre in Grimsby does a brisk business of selling the region to visitors coming through the bustling stop at the intersection of Casablanca Boulevard and the Queen Elizabeth Way. A new feature will give visitors one more reason to stop in — the War of 1812 bicentennial which kicked off earlier this year.

“Our numbers have been very strong this year,” said Susan Morin of Tourism Excellence Niagara, the organization that manages the information centre. “We have several hundred people a day looking for information and suggestions of how to get the most out of their visit. Our staff directs them to points of interest, books hotel rooms and sells tickets to many attractions throughout Niagara. We are getting a high volume of requests about the War of 1812 celebrations so we contacted the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council to see how we could get more information to the travelling public. We now have a great display and we will also have people dressed in period costume to generate interest and share information about upcoming War of 1812 events.”

The Legacy Council set up their display just before civic holiday weekend and have since gone through more than 300 of their bicentennial maps.

Brian Merrett, CEO of the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council, is pleased to have the 1812 display at such a high profile location.

“Our main goal is to market the bicentennial and increase heritage tourism” said Merrett. “Niagara boasts close to 10 battles, three forts and a Cultural Capital of Canada designation in 2012. This location will help inform visitors about key celebrations as they are coming into Niagara.”

The Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council is a cross-border not-for-profit organization established to commemorate the War of 1812 and celebrate the 200 years of peace between Canada and the United States. For more information visit http://www.discover1812.com.

 

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