Fort William Historical Park will reverberate with the roar of cannons and muskets during its War of 1812 Bicentennial Salute, Saturday, August 9th and Sunday, August 10th.
The event serves to illustrate many aspects of the celebrated conflict, from its cause and significant highlights, to 19th century battlefield action and strategy, to the daily life of the rank and file soldier, to period medical techniques.
While no military action actually occurred at Fort William historically, the staged event serves to illustrate how the North West Company was affected by the conflict and the active role the company played in supporting British forces during the war.
Throughout the day, visitors get caught up in the tension throughout the Fort as costumed inhabitants fret over the impending head-to-head showdown between the British and the Americans. Intense gatherings dramatize the concerns of both the fur traders and their Aboriginal allies.
The drama leads to a confrontation at the Farm pastures, where soldiers and militia draw upon field cannon and muskets to unleash salvos of loud, smoky gunfire.The event ties into numerous commemorations of the War of 1812 that are happening across Canada.
Be sure to catch the action during the War of 1812 Bicentennial Salute at Fort William Historical Park, August 9th and 10th. The Fort is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, from May 17thto September 29th. For information, please visit: www.fwhp.ca or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.