One-Tank Trip for April 21/12
(c) By Jim Fox
It was 200 years ago that Canada and the British Empire were at war with the Americans.
The War of 1812 is to be commemorated during Doors Open Ontario 2012, the popular annual heritage touring program.
“Defending a Nation" is the theme that will unlock the doors to a “diverse range of defence-related sites” including battlefields, military fortifications, armouries, armament-manufacturing facilities, legion halls, commemorative monuments and peace gardens.
Communities are being encouraged to “unveil their stories behind the war and the defence of our fledgling nation,” said Thomas H.B. Symons, who chairs the sponsoring Ontario Heritage Trust.
Several events, including those in Brant and Middlesex, will offer War of 1812 battle re-enactments to mark the bicentennial, while Niagara has many prime war locations open to tour.
|The Battle Ground Hotel Museum, a restored 1850’s tavern, is on the hallowed grounds of the War of 1812 Lundy’s Lane Battlefield in Niagara Falls. It can be toured during Doors Open Niagara.|