The Ontario Heritage Trust centre at the site of Upper Canada's first
parliament in Toronto, is looking for uniformed American 1812 reenactors
(either based in Canada or the US) to 'march' on the site during the 200th
anniversary of its being burned down during the American invasion of York
in April 1813.
The idea is to have the soldiers march from Ft. York to the parliament site
at the corner of Front and Berkeley. The march would take about an hour I'd
think but who knows - locals may stop them along the way to offer libations
and sustenance - or jeer them - as I imagine both happened in 1813,
At the end of the march there is a reception/opening of a new OHT exhibit
which includes the coat Roger Sheaffe wore during the war, which has been
donated to the OHT by his family. Of course Sheaffe was one of the heroes of
Queenston Heights and succeeded Brock not only as commander in chief but
also as head of the government - so the setting is fitting.
The exact time of the march has yet to be determined - the OHT is trying not
to conflict with events planned for the Fort through Saturday and waiting
for the availability of the Lieutenant-Governor who will be opening the
American units on either side of the border, if they are interested
they should contact Sam Wesley at the OHT, (416) 212-8898 or
for further details.
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