As 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of The War of 1812 and 200 years of peace between Canada and the United States, below is a sampling of special events happening in the Niagara Region to commemorate the War of 1812. (Please note that events are subject to change.)
1. Experience Fort George - the flagship historic site related to the War of 1812. Feel the power of artillery fire or enjoy the sounds of the renowned Fife and Drum Corps while passionate Parks Canada staff bring the fort to life.
2. Take the challenge - Climb to the top of Brock's Monument and take in the spectacular view of the Niagara River.
3. Aye Aye Sir - The Navy of 1812: Sailor on the Lake July 13-15, 2012. Come witness a flotilla of tall ships as they do battle on Lake Ontario and experience a large-scale War of 1812 land re-enactment at Fort George.
4. Witness a hero fall - The Battle of Queenston Heights, October 12-14, 2012. Join Parks Canada, the Friends of Fort George and the Niagara Parks Commission in commemoration of this major battle that resulted in the death of Sir Isaac Brock. October 2012 has been designated 'Hero' month by the Government of Canada.
5. War! Join Parks Canada and various partners throughout the Niagara area June 15-18 at the opening weekend for the War of 1812. War was declared on June 18, 1812 and the region will bring Fort George to life in commemoration of this significant event.
6. Hear the music and feel the power. The 14th annual Fife and Drum Muster and Soldier Field Day will be kicked up a notch this year with groups from around North America descending on Fort George to compete for this years' honours.
7. Canada Day - Every year, Fort George welcomes 1000s of guests (for free!) on Canada Day while offering a unique programming, music and fireworks.
8. Explore the grounds of Fort Mississauga. Located on the grounds of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club, Fort Mississauga was built after the war from the remains of the burnt town. The view from Fort Mississauga will show you just how close the 'enemy' really was!
9. From Fort-to-Fort and everything in between. Join Parks Canada and the Niagara Parks Commission to explore all this has to offer along the Niagara Parkway - From Fort George, to McFarland House to Fort Erie.
10. Special Surprise Concert ... not yet confirmed, but a major Canadian band may be performing at Fort George on June 30, 2012... stay tuned!