1. Grand Canadian Steampunk Exposition
Revel in an intricate old technology at the Grand Canadian Steampunk Exposition, held within Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. There will be music from across the continent, artisans from across the country and performances, activities and workshops for the entire family. Plus a steam-powered giraffe!
Fort George National Historic Site, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
2. Relive McArthur’s Raids At The Pioneer Village
Experience the life and battles of a soldier during the War of 1812 at this event held at Fanshawe Pioneer Village. Tour military encampments and enjoy authentic period music as battles throughout the village and surrounding fields depict the raids conducted by American Brigadier-General Duncan McArthur in 1814.
Fanshawe 1812: The Invasion of Upper Canada
Fanshawe Pioneer Village, London, Ont.
3. Celebrate The Royal Newfoundland Regiment In The War of 1812
Early in September travel to Fort Willow in Minesing, Ont., to take part in an expansive historical re-enactment and celebration. The role players will include soldiers, 19th century settlers and First Nations people demonstrating life as it would have been at the fort in 1814. There will also be a special event on Sept. 10 to unveil a memorial to the men of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment who occupied Fort Willow in the winter and spring of 1814.
Fort Willow 1812 Festival
Fort Willow, Minesing, Ont.
4. Embrace Celtic Tradition On Cape Breton Island
There’s no better time to travel to one of Canada’s most interesting places than during the annual Celtic Colours Festival on Cape Breton Island. For nine days in October, the island is home to a unique celebration of music and culture with dozens of concerts all over the island, an extensive lineup of community events, and a nightly Festival Club. Whether you have Scottish or Irish blood or not, this is an event that shouldn’t be missed.
Celtic Colours International Festival
Cape Breton Island, N.S.
5. Wrapping Up The War Of 1812 Bicentennial Period
In mid-October 1814 the last major battle fought on Canadian soil during the War of 1812 took place at Cook’s Mills. This October, travel to Welland, Ont., to witness a historic re-enactment of that significant battle as hundreds of participants clash for the benefit of spectators.
200th Anniversary of the Battle of Cook’s Mills