Military Subjects:  War of 1812


The War of 1812 Magazine

Issue 11: June 2009


Wasaga under Siege: "A War of 1812 Experience" the 24th, 25th, and 26th of July 2009

By David Brunelle, Co-ordinator, “Wasaga Under Siege 2009”

Just a quick reminder and update on what will be happening at Wasaga under Siege 2009 on July 24th-26th/09.  Please review the information that has been provided and if you have not registered yet I encourage you all to do so ASAP.  Visit our website at Wasaga Under Siege.  There are some new things happening this year and if you have any questions please let me know.  

Building on the huge success of past Wasaga under Siege events, the Historic Military Establishment of Upper Canada in partnership with the Town of Wasaga Beach, Ontario Parks and Nancy Island Historic Site look forward to hosting you once again from July 24th to the 26th/2009. Wasaga under Siege "A War of 1812 Experience" will once again come to life as over 400 re-enactors will take part echoing history once again through the streets and waters of Wasaga Beach and Nancy Island Historic Site.

We have put together a great weekend for re-enactors and spectators alike!  Re-enactors will enjoy a safe Grand Encampment area on Historic Nancy Island, water, food, entertainment, drinks, souvenir and 4 battles on 3 different battlefields including river battles.  Battles will be fought all over the town of Wasaga Beach with parading, pillaging, cannons, muskets, longboats and voyageur canoes.  We will be using all our talents and proven Wasaga under Siege 1812 hospitality to make sure all re-enactors & participants feel welcomed and satisfied that it was worth the trip.

Wasaga Beach, Ontario as many of you already know host the longest fresh water beach in the world and attracts thousands of tourist each day to its beaches and attractions.  Re-enactors and their families will have the opportunity to enjoy the historical components of the event as well as the beach and modern attractions such as shopping, restaurants, waterslides, midway, paintball and other attractions to numerous to mention.

Merchants, blanket traders and artisans are welcomed free of charge and the musical line-up for weekend features Hardtack & Harmony, Freshwater Trade, Washboard Hank, Backroads, Caber Toss and the Zoom Daddys.

The Grand Encampment will also feature a Friday and Saturday evening self guided tour with snacks and drinks on sale as well.  The self guided tour will feature musket and cannon demonstrations, Dr. Quimby's Medicine Show, Shaymus the Storyteller, Laura Secord, period music, merchants, sentries and much more!!  We will be looking for volunteers to help with all aspects of this self-guided tour, if interested please contact me anytime or sign up at the registration tent.  We will also be looking for sentries to guard the bridge during regular historic site hours to add some colour and interact with the public.

All re-enactors who portray any aspect of the War of 1812 are welcomed to participate.  They can include - British and American Regulars or Militia including Civil War re-enactors portraying American Militia, Navy Personnel, Cannon Crews, Natives, Voyageurs, Rendezvous, and Men, Women & Children civilians.  Re-enactors who wish to bring cannons, bateaus, canoes and cavalry can negotiate with me for travel, haulage or powder compensation.

Sunday morning will also feature the Redcoat Iron-man and Iron-women contest that has proven to be a popular event not only to participate in, but to watch as well, with prizes going out to the winners.

If you are registering on-line please register individually or as an immediate family unit.  No group registrations will be accepted unless pre-approved.  This gives us a more accurate number for logistics, food and actual people attending and camping on the island.

Look forward to seeing everyone in July.

Dardanella Beach Bar and Wasaga Entertainment Dome Corporate Entertainment Sponsors 2009

We are happy to announce that the Dardanella Beach Bar and the Wasaga Entertainment Dome have come on board as Corporate Entertainment Sponsors for Wasaga under Siege 2009.  This community partnership will provide great exposure for the event as featured musical entertainers will not only be playing and entertaining at Nancy Island Historic Site they will also be playing at the Dardanella Beach Bar and the Wasaga Entertainment Dome throughout the weekend as well.  For three days the main stage at Nancy Island Historic Site, the Dardanella Beach Bar and the Wasaga Entertainment Dome will delight everyone's eardrums as a mix of 19th century, Celtic, folk, Canadiana and modern music perform for young and old alike.  This year's line-up includes always entertaining Washboard Hank, Hardtack & Harmony, Freshwater Trade, Celtic rock band Caber Toss, the Zoom Daddys travelling minstrels and the soothing songs of Backroads.  The Dardanella Beach Bar will also be offering discounts to all participants who decide to dine at the Dardanella during the event which is only one block away from Nancy Island.  For more information and a schedule of all venues and entertainment times please visit the following websites:


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