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Fort George and Parks Canada Bring the War of 1812 to Life

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The era of the War of 1812 came to life at Fort George on Wednesday, June 13 at Fort George with a visit from the cast and crew of Canada AM.  On hand for the special live broadcast were not only a crowd of enthusiastic Niagara viewers but also a class of excited local school children who’d spent the previous night sleeping in the barracks.

Said host Marci Ien, “It’s so exciting to see kids get involved in learning about our country and its history!”

While popular weatherman Jeff Hutcheson fired a cannon and Beverly Thomson learned some 19th century cooking tips Marci Ien checked out the fashions of the day.

If you weren’t able to be on hand for the June 13th event, you haven’t missed out!  Naturally in Niagara was on hand and has video footage for you of the biggest highlights.  Just click and enjoy!

And you still have time to participate in the celebrations.  The actual date of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 is June 18th and Fort George is again throwing open its doors to welcome the public.

Events that evening will run from 6:30-10:pm and will include: the premiere of “Flames of War” an exciting sound and light show; the grand opening of the new “Perspectives” interactive experience and the screening of new War of 1812 documentary film “Forged in Fire.” If that wasn’t enough, Fort George will also offer special heritage programming that will include musket and artillery demonstrations and live performances.  Refreshments will be made available through the Friends of Fort George.

Perhaps the best news of all, is that everything is being presented free, thanks to the great people at Parks Canada!

For more information, call 905-468-6614.

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Liz Fleming, Managing Editor of NaturallyinNiagara.ca, is an award-winning journalist who writes a weekly travel gear column for The Toronto Star as well as regular travel features for The Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, Cruise and Travel Lifestyles Magazine and CAA Travel. She’s currently a featured commentator on the Astral Media radio stations in southern Ontario, providing daily travel ‘minutes’ and is the editor of WO, the White Oaks Magazine.

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