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Proposed Bicentennial Projects for the Southern Georgian Bay Region

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  • David Brunelle
    Hi Everyone, Following Chris Mc Kay’s lead I have provided a short summary of the proposed projects for the Southern Georgian for the War of 1812
    Message 1 of 4 , Sep 21, 2010
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      Hi Everyone,



      Following Chris Mc Kay’s lead I have provided a short summary of
      the proposed projects for the Southern Georgian for the War of 1812
      Bicentennial Celebrations and Commemorations.



      Any questions please let me know!



      David J. Brunelle, OCT

      Project Director

      Southern Georgian Bay

      War of 1812 Committee

      705-716-7124

      Southern Georgian Bay

      War of 1812 Bicentennial Projects and Initiatives



      Overview



      The year 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the War of
      1812. This historic event provides a legitimate opportunity to increase
      Ontario’s profile and visitation through community pride and public
      education of the significance of the events of the war between 1812 and
      1815.



      This plan provides an overview of the historical significance of communities
      in and around the Southern Georgian Bay area with reference to the War of
      1812. The plan recognizes the opportunity for the community to promote this
      theme, and puts forward the ideas of local stakeholders in the Southern
      Georgian Bay area who are interested in developing capital projects, events
      and activities in recognition of the anniversary. This bicentennial
      anniversary will increase our regions profile through:



      § Providing an opportunity to revitalize existing historic sites and expand
      tourism appeal to these sites;

      § Providing an opportunity to enhance tourism events and create new ones;

      § Celebrate the Bicentennial in an interactive and proactive way;

      § Educating the public, particularly local residents and school groups,
      about the importance of the history of the War of 1812 in our communities;

      § Providing an opportunity to instil national, provincial and community
      pride through a rediscovery of local history;

      § Developing tourism product with significant potential to increase
      visitors and economic impact in the region.





      The Southern Georgian Bay War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee is made up of
      representatives from various ministries, municipalities, museums, historic
      sites, organizations and businesses that have history related to the War of
      1812 or an interest in taking an active role in the bicentennial itself.



      Current Proposed Initiatives



      Wasaga Beach Provincial Park - Nancy Island Heritage Welcome Centre

      · $1.5 million has been committed by Ontario Parks to build a new
      3000 square foot heritage welcome centre to be located at Nancy Island
      Historic Site. An additional $20,000.00 has been committed to date from the
      Southern Georgian Bay War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee for non-capital
      site improvements, displays and preservation of the original hull.
      Estimated cost of all bicentennial projects located at the site is $2.5
      million.



      Fort Willow Depot Historic Site

      · To date over $12,000.00 has been committed to the construction of
      a post and beam interpretive pavilion to be constructed on site. Funding
      partners to date include the Friends of Historic Fort Willow Depot, The
      Rotary Club of Barrie and the Southern Georgian Bay War of 1812 Bicentennial
      Committee. Estimated cost of all bicentennial projects located at the site
      is $225.000.00.



      Simcoe County and the War of 1812

      · The 16 Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites of Simcoe County
      will collaborate to create and present a travelling exhibit about the events
      and impact of the War of 1812 in Simcoe County. To date $2,500.00 has been
      committed to the project via the Southern Georgian Bay War of 1812
      Committee. Estimated cost of this bicentennial project is $106,000.00.



      Penetanguishene Road Project

      · The Penetanguishene Purchase was completed in 1797 from the
      Georgian Bay Ojibway to the British Crown for the purposes of creating a
      naval dockyard on Lake Huron. An overland route was surveyed in 1808 and
      the road constructed during the War of 1812 by members of the Royal
      Newfoundland Regiment and the Royal Navy. This project will highlight all
      the historical connections with the road, the most important transportation
      corridor in Ontario, publish a book and historical guide and mark the route
      with a bronze statue of the builders of the road. To date $6000.00 has been
      committed to the project via local grants and the Southern Georgian Bay War
      of 1812 Committee. Estimated cost of this bicentennial project is
      $200,000.00.



      Huronia Historical Parks - Discovery Harbour

      · Discovery Harbour has various War of 1812 Bicentennial capital and
      special event projects that have been proposed over the bicentennial years.
      To date $5000.00 has been committed to Discovery Harbour from the Southern
      Georgian Bay War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee for the development of an
      event in celebration of the Treaty of Ghent which will take place in
      December of 2014. Estimated cost of all proposed bicentennial capital and
      special events is $10 million.

      ·

      Ships Company of Penetanguishene – Gunboat Project

      · The Ship’s Company of Penetanguishene, a non-profit volunteer
      organization has committed itself to the production of a replica 27’ War of
      1812 gunboat. This boat, unlike its existing 36’ replica gunboat HMS Badger,
      would be specifically designed for quick and easy rigging and de-rigging,
      allowing it to be transported by trailer to a large number of events and
      destinations throughout the Great Lakes area. Estimated cost is $15,000.00.




      Tall Ships & Battle of Georgian Bay Re-enactment

      · As part of the Provinces War of 1812 Bicentennial Tall Ship
      Initiative for 2013 the Southern Georgian Bay Region is planning to host a
      two week heritage festival that would see tall ships visit various ports
      around the Southern Georgian Bay Region with War of 1812 re-enactments and
      activities being incorporated into the festival as well. The festival would
      take place over a two week period and split into a southwest and southeast
      sub-region. The proposed dates and confirmed participating communities and
      historic sites include:

      · August 12th to 18th, 2013 – Southwest Region - Owen Sound,
      Meaford, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach & Nancy Island Historic Site

      · August 19th to 25th, 2013 – Southeast Region - Penetanguishene,
      Midland, Township of Tiny

      It is estimated that this bicentennial project will cost between $800,000.00
      and $1 million. This will also be our regions significant event for 2013.



      Wasaga under Siege “A War of 1812 Experience”

      · Is an annual living history festival commemorating a War of 1812
      battle between Americans, British and First Nations which resulted in an
      American victory with the sinking of the British schooner Nancy. The Town
      of Wasaga Beach, the Friends of Nancy Island and the local community have
      invested over $200,000.00 in Wasaga under Siege over the past 7 years and
      have committed to build and support this event till the 200th anniversary in
      2014. Event budget is around $30,000.00 a year with an increase to $60-$100
      thousand for the 2014 event.

      · Event dates till 2014:

      2010 - July 23rd - 25th
      2011 - July 22nd – 24th

      2012 - August 17th - 19th
      2013 - August 16th - 18th
      2014 - August 14th - 17th – Regional significant event for 2014



      Nine Mile Portage Heritage Festival

      · This ancient native trail once formed a land bridge between
      Kempenfelt Bay and the Nottawasaga River enabling a continuous trade and
      transportation route from Lake Ontario through to Georgian Bay for many
      centuries. During the War of 1812, the British military improved the route
      for the transport of supplies and personnel as Lake Erie and Huron were
      occupied by the Americans. The City of Barrie, Township of Springwater, the
      Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (Fort Willow) and the local
      community have invested over $100,000.00 to date in this festival over the
      past 6 years and have committed to build and support this event till 2014.
      Event budget is around $20,000.00 a year with an increase to $40-$60
      thousand for the 2012 event which will expand to include Holland Landing and
      various communities along the shores of Lake Simcoe.

      · Event dates till 2014:

      2010 – Sept 17th & 18th
      2011 – Sept 16th & 17th

      2012 – Sept 13th, 14th, 15th & 16th - Regional significant event for 2012

      2013 – Sept 20th, 21st & 22nd
      2014 – Sept 19th, 20th & 21st



      War of 1812 Veterans Cemetery Marker Rededication

      · Many of the communities across Ontario owe their founding’s and
      growth to naval and military veterans of the War of 1812 who were given
      lands grants and became instrumental figures in the early development of
      their respective communities. This project would see communities that do
      not have a direct relation to the War of 1812 being able to celebrate or
      commemorate a founding father of their respective community. Through
      various activities including plaques, headstone refurbishing, or the
      requisition of an official War of 1812 headstone, etc, communities can now
      be part of this great bicentennial event. Prominent veterans from our
      region who had significant influence on the development of various
      communities include: James Keating, RA, Captain John Moberly, RN and Surgeon
      William “Tiger” Dunlop. Budget for this initiative would be determined by
      each community’s project. Estimates can range from $2,000.00-$10,000.00
      depending on the scope of the project. Canada’s Veterans Affairs will also
      be contacted to see if they are interested in this initiative from a federal
      perspective.



      Huronia Lookout

      · The County of Simcoe, in partnership with Springwater Township,
      Friends of the Minesing Wetlands, Chippewa Tri Council, Rotary Club of
      Barrie and the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority are pleased to
      announce the creation of the Huronia Lookout. The Huronia Lookout provides
      views extending 40 km, including those of the entire Minesing Wetlands, as
      well as the Niagara Escarpment, Blue Mountain, Georgian Bay, the Oro Ridge
      Moraine, the Village of Minesing and the Ancient Glacial Lake Algonquin
      Shoreline. The Huronia Lookout is part of the Nine Mile Portage Heritage
      Trail which links Lake Simcoe to Fort Willow Depot. There are plans to
      construct many historical plaques related to the region and a large bronze
      statue dedicated to our first Nations people. Estimated cost for the
      historical plaques and bronze statue is $550,000.00. Most of this money
      is being raised through the partners mentioned above.



      The Oro Black Settlement

      · At Oro, Ontario, former members of the Loyalist militia from the
      War of 1812 established the only Black community sponsored by the
      government. Free Blacks from the northern United States later joined them.
      Located in the heart of a strategic and vulnerable region, the community
      guarded against an American invasion via Georgian Bay. The church built in
      1849 and its cemetery is a national historic site and is testaments to the
      contribution of African Canadians to the settlement and defence of Canada in
      the 19th Century. This may have been a first in the British Commonwealth
      that Blacks were given significant acreages of land on an equal basis as
      were white soldiers. Various capital and special event projects are being
      proposed and cost estimates are presently still being determined.



      War of 1812 Pipes & Drums Band

      · The Penetanguishene Pipes & Drums Band is interested in
      re-creating the uniforms of a highland regiment that was stationed in Canada
      during the War of 1812. The Penetanguishene Pipes and Drums have
      established a committee to investigate the uniforms, equipment and
      accouterments needed and the cost involved. If successful they would look
      forward to participating in a number of regional bicentennial events. Cost
      estimates are presently still being determined.



      Miller Worsley Commemorative Voyage

      · Plans are in the works in cooperation with the Canadian Navy’s
      Colonial Sailor Program – “Canada’s Navy Then: Canada’s navy Now” for a War
      of 1812 bicentennial naval event on Georgian Bay for 2014. The Colonial
      Sailor Program is considering the organization and support of a major
      longboat effort to be named the Miller Worsley Commemorative Voyage. After
      much study of distances/winds/time etc. There will be no effort to attempt a
      voyage up Georgian Bay to the Straits; rather it has been suggested that the
      flotilla do what some boats already do, which is a voyage from Discovery
      Harbour Historic Site in Penetanguishene to Nancy Island Historic Site in
      Wasaga Beach. The flotilla would be substantial in size, have “challenge
      events” along the way and would have the benefit of an escorting “mother
      ship”. Contract support for the boats and crews is envisaged, and awards
      for historical accuracy, performance and seamanship would be awarded. Cost
      estimates are presently still being determined.





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