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


The 2012 Legacy Committee  

invites you to continue the dialogue concerning our bi-national region's effort to 

Celebrate the War of 1812 Bicentennial 

A Roundtable Discussion was held on June 20th, 2006 at Brock University and November 30th, 2006 at PBS Station WNED Buffalo.  Results can be viewed here. To contact us, please call 905 353 5442 or contact

In 2007, Elaine Wallis won the Niagara 1812 Legacy Council Logo Contest.  Her design was selected by the Council from 100 works submitted from across North America. 

Bicentennial Legacy Council Communications Committee

Approved Vision, Mission and Related Measurements, Terms of Reference

Approved by the Board January 28, 2008


The 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council has a vision of bi-national cooperation, cultural appreciation and economic development in the bi-national Niagara Region resulting from the celebrations of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.


The members of the Legacy Council will act as Ambassadors for the celebration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 in bi-national Niagara, and leverage these celebrations for the benefit of the cross-border region, by:

  • Building bi-national community awareness of the importance of this event to US/Canada relations;
  • Promoting and facilitating the coordination of activities that will commemorate, celebrate and correctly interpret the War of 1812 history and the 200 years of peace and friendship that have followed;
  • Engaging public and private sector leaders in the planning and staging of events and activities;
  • Encouraging inclusiveness through the widest possible range of participating individuals, communities, organizations, businesses and cultural disciplines.


The Legacy Council will assist and direct staff with the identification and obtaining of resources to:

Communicate with their respective circles of influence (business, social, personal) regarding the purpose and events planned during the 1,000 day bicentennial period.

  1. Encourage the involvement of organizations, groups, businesses and individuals in these bicentennial celebrations.
  2. Facilitate and foster bicentennial-based activities that fulfill one or more of the following objectives:
    1. Provide authentic educational experiences;
    2. Focus on legacy building;
    3. Be distinctive to Niagara and coordinated with broader activities in Canada, the United States and abroad;
    4. Foster community, tourism and economic development potential.


Legacy Council success will be determined by the achievement of the following measurable goals over the next eight years (2008 to 2015).  Specific targets and timelines will be determined in the business plan to be written.

  • Attainment of new international profile for binational Niagara during the celebration period (international political/dignitary visits, international conferences, PBS documentary, international media coverage, etc.)
  • Attainment of national/international corporate sponsorship for celebratory events.
  • Demonstrated binational community involvement in the development and delivery of events.
  • Collaborative and complementary marketing and promotion of the events over the three year period.
  • New and permanent national and international capital infrastructure legacy projects/programs directly resulting from the celebration.
  • Increased tourism volumes, especially international visitor participation, as a direct result of the Bicentennial programming.
  • Community and visitor recognition of the roles of those involved in the three year conflict:  British, American and Native Peoples.
  • Community and visitor recognition of the peace and special relationship that has been a direct result of that three year conflict.
  • Renewed North American and International interest in the binational Niagara Region and its assets.
  • New binational business, tourism, cultural, academic and community partnerships and institutions developed as a direct result of these celebrations.


The Legacy Council, collectively and through the four committees struck and staff hired, will undertake the following to fulfill the mission and goals outlined:

  • Create a binational forum/structure to communicate the importance of this celebration;
  • Build an inventory of technical support and other resources to support the efforts of local groups and organizations;
  • Gather and maintain contact lists of potential funding sources and partnering opportunities;
  • Develop strategically significant new marketing, promotional, product, infrastructure and destination development initiatives related to the Council mission.
war of 1812 Celebrating 200 years of peace