War of 1812 – 200 years of History in Niagara

NOTL Realty - Kevin Stokes

As the weather turns colder and I start to think back to the many long, hot summer days we enjoyed this year here in Niagara-on-the-Lake, I was recalling a great day here in July when a huge battle re-enactment took place. There were hundreds of volunteers dressed as soldiers, firing canons and muskets until the air was full of the smell of gun powder! It was a beautiful day and the crowds of people who visited N.O.T.L from far and wide, seemed to be having a great time.

This, of course, being the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, has proved to be a very busy year for re-living history. There are lots more interesting events to come over 2013-2014 and many more stories to be told.

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Perhaps the highlight of the day, for me anyway, was the mock battle between a number of tall ships that sailed across Lake Ontario from Kingston, to Niagara-on-the-Lake to fire canons at each other in front of Fort Niagara at the mouth of the Niagara River. This was a fantastic display with many people watching on from their boats as they sailed out of LOTL yacht club to watch the action up close.

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