The Niagara region plays host to breathtaking panoramas, luscious landscape, delectable foods, and delicious, award-winning wines. In 2012, the whole world will be looking to its doorstep to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Home to two major forts and numerous battles throughout the region, Niagara is uniquely a nation's focus, where the conflict that shaped Canada took place.
Announced in September 2011, the bicentennial in Niagara has been selected as the 2012 Top Canadian Event by the American Bus Association. The ABA recognized the Opening Ceremonies Weekend (June 15-18, 2012) as a major tourist-draw to the Niagara Region and Niagara Frontier (WNY).
The opening ceremonies will feature musical performances, a cannon-fire exchange between Fort George and Fort Niagara, and a candlelit walk/ceremony. Other events include a Declaration of War Dinner on June 16, in which guests will help recreate the dinner held the evening Sir Isaac Brock learned they were at war with their American neighbors.
There are 7 Signature Events identified by the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council.
The Lieutenant Governor's New Years Day Levee - January 1, 2012 at Fort George, NOTL
Opening Ceremonies Weekend - June 15-18, 2012 throughout the Niagaras
Fort Erie's Grande (Military) Parade - June 23, 2012 starting in downtown Fort Erie
"The Navy of 1812: Sailors on the Lakes" July 13-15, 2012 naval and military encampment at Navy Hall and Fort George, NOTL
Niagara Falls History Museum Re-Opening July 21, 2012 - 5810 Ferry St., Niagara Falls (With new multimillion dollar 1812 exhibit)
The Siege of Fort Erie - August 11-12, 2012, Old Fort Erie (re-enactment)
The Battle of Queenston Heights and Burial of Brock - October 13, 2012 (re-enactment)
Join the world in commemoration, celebration, and a lasting legacy and watch history come alive in 2012.
For more information on re-enactments and all other events, visit www.discover1812.com