My Canada Day in Pictures: Reliving the War of 1812

If you read my blog a few days ago, you know I spent Canada Day (July 1st), at a naval battle reenactment on the St. Lawrence River at Kingston, not far from Ottawa. A part of the bicentennial celebrations for the War of 1812 between us and our southern neighbours, the event involved several tall ships, reenactment soldiers, and lots of big, noisy cannons. It was fabulous! 🙂

As an aside, did you know that the big cannons such as the ones carried on the Royal George could fire up to three miles?!? Not very accurately, of course, but still…pretty impressive for that day and age.

Anyway, after the battle played out (Canada won, of course ;)), my husband and I headed into Fort Henry, perched atop a hill overlooking Kingston. I took a ton of pictures and thought I'd share with those of you who might be interested. Enjoy!

Some links you may find interesting: War of 1812 Events in the St. Lawrence Region; Fort Henry historic monument; Kingston, Ontario tourism site.

So? Who's coming to visit? 😉

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Glenys O'Connell - July 5, 2012 Reply

Thank you so much for these pix – really sorry I missed this! I was in Toronto visiting and couldn’t be there. Glad that the War of 1812 is receiving so much attention, as it was a pivotal event!

    Linda - July 6, 2012 Reply

    I’m glad you like them, Glenys! It’s too bad you missed it…it was really a unique event. More 1812 stuff coming up though, so maybe you can catch something else! 🙂

Sandy Coelho - July 5, 2012 Reply

Great photos Linda. Glad you enjoyed your Canada Day celebrations – your weather was beautiful!

    Linda - July 6, 2012 Reply

    Our weather was very near perfect, Sandy…one of the nicest Canada Days I can remember. Hope yours was good, too?

Diane - July 5, 2012 Reply

I love your pictures; we were in Kingston last week though couldn’t stay for the 1812 Reenactment but did visit Fort Henry for a day; absolutely wonderful!

    Linda - July 6, 2012 Reply

    The Fort is fabulous, isn’t it? We’d been about six years ago and our reaction then was ‘meh’ — but they’ve really added to the experience now. Great place to visit…helped by the fact that I adore Kingston! 😉

Alicia - July 9, 2012 Reply

Thanks for posting these, Linda. Glad you could make it out to the event and that you enjoyed it!

    Linda - July 10, 2012 Reply

    You’re very welcome, Alicia! It was a fabulous event and we felt privileged to be able to attend…beats the heck out of reading history textbooks any day. 😉

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