The official war of 1812 bicentennial website - Celebrating 200 years of peace

200th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort George

May 25 & 26 2013

The Battle of Fort George has been confirmed for May 25 & 26 2013! Join us as we commemorate the 200th Anniversary of this most important event.

We have a very exciting weekend planned with a Tactical on Saturday afternoon (The Battle of Fort George) and a tactical on Sunday Afternoon (The American Retreat). As Saturday is the 25th of May, we are planning an evening show to commemorate the Bombardment of Fort George with an artillery, pyro, firework, sound and light show! This will be an Artillery feature with the guns front and centre!

Participant Information

The following will be provided for the weekend:

  • Potable water will be available at the site.
  • Firewood is available all weekend.
  • Fire pits are permitted. (See participant information package for more details)
  • Public washrooms and portapotties are available on site 24 hours a day.
  • Breakfast and Lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday.
  • We have secured funding to provide a dinner for re-enactors Saturday night.

- For more details please see the Participant Information package.

Historic Weapons

The age for handling black powder is 16. All firearms, artillery pieces and implements will be inspected by site staff before they can be used for demonstrations. Copies of the sites' Safety Rules will be available at the event sites. Please ensure all unit members are aware of these safety rules. A copy can also be found in the Participant Information package.

Any cannon barrel under 3' or 90 cm in length and with a carriage with less then 2' or 60cm of clearance, unless designated a mortar or howitzer, cannot be guaranteed a spot in the artillery lines. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Peter Martin at or (905) 468-1393.


Only Unit Commanders need to fill out the registration for the entire group. If you wish to update your registration, please indicate with *UPDATE* with Unit Name.

Important Note: Upon arrival at the event, every adult unit member must sign an individual volunteer form and include family members.

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Stoney Creek

For those who are traveling a great distance to be here and are planning to attend Stoney Creek, the following weekend arrangements can be made to camp longer at Fort George or earlier at Stoney Creek. Please contact Peter Martin at 905-468-1393 or for details.

Please check back to this web site before you leave as we will be updating any changes that may occur. Cheers,

Peter Martin
Special Events Coordinator
Niagara National Historic Sites
Parks Canada
Tel: (905) 468-1393 Fax: (905) 468-4638

Merchants and Sutlers

Merchants also need to open the "Merchants Package" as well as fill out this online registration. The package includes a separate one page form that needs to be filled out along with a description of your business.

Merchants are also required to provide proof of insurance for your business. Such proof can be provided by your insurance agent or your military unit's insurer. Please note that regular re-enactor's insurance specifically excludes commercial activities. For your own protection, as well as the protection of the site and your customers, please ensure that you do have proper coverage. These can be mailed, faxed or scanned/e-mailed to the information provided below.

Merchants must be in period costume and use period tents. The Committee reserves the right to refuse an application from any party, for any reason, at their sole discretion. Applications must be submitted before May 10, 2013.

Submit a completed application by mail, fax or scan/e-mail to:

Peter Martin
Special Events Coordinator
Niagara National Historic Sites
Parks Canada
26 Queen Street, Box 787
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0
Tel: (905) 468-1393 Fax: (905) 468-4638

Payment for Merchant Space

All merchant spaces must be paid upon your arrival. The cost per merchant at Fort George is CDN $40.00.


Please provide detailed information in the section for tent space found above. You may set up during the following times Fort George:

  • Friday May 24 from 9:00am until 10:00pm
  • If you wish to set up earlier please contact me.

Tear down

You may tear down after the afternoon tactical on Sunday May 27 (around 3 pm)

Merchant Space Rentals

The space that you have rented is for your company or group only. Each merchant's space will be indicated by stakes and twine according to the measurements you provide. Please strictly observe these markings and please work with your neighbours to ensure that these boundaries are respected.

Items Offered for Sale

Please help us in maintaining the quality of this event by displaying and selling only items that are historically accurate and/or relate to the 1812 period. If you are asked by designated staff to remove an inappropriate item please comply. If you chose not to maintain 1812 period merchant status you will be asked to move and invoiced as a modern vendor.

The sale of any item acquired by archaeological excavation or pirated copies are strictly prohibited.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact merchant co-ordinator Susan Spencer at 905-525-6303 or, or Peter Martin at 905-468-1393 or


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