If you’re planning to stroll the streets of Niagara-on-the-Lake anytime soon, don’t be surprised if you’re asked for identification by uniformed American soldiers. The tiny town is once again under occupation by American forces – just as it was in 1813, following the battle of Beaverdams – all part of the War of 1812 commemorations taking place across the peninsula.
Look up, and you’ll see the Stars and Stripes fluttering in breeze and be sure to say ‘No’ when the American soldiers ask if you’re providing support to the British forces! These costumed historical figures will be patrolling the streets for weeks to come and will be interacting with everyone they meet.
Historians will want to make a visit to Fort George, just down the road and to the NOTL Museum, where special exhibits will bring the War of 1812 to life!
For a live re-enactment staged on both land and water, be sure to be on hand in the Grimsby 1812 Peace Garden on June 8th, between 1-4pm, to see not only musket, artillery and boat demonstrations but also an actual battle fought as it would have been two hundred years ago!