Celebrating the Bicentennial of Peace and 1812. Over the next 2 - 3 years in the Niagara Region will be numerous events. Various historic events will be re-inacted by various organizations. What will this do for the area.... Bring in the tourists!! What does this mean to buying a Bed and Breakfast - well for number one, all predictions are that the number of people coming to the region will increase and therefore so will revenues at our Bed and breakfasts. In 2011, many B&Bs saw an increase in room nights and are gearing up for an even better in 2012.
At the bottom are 2 links to websites outlining some of the events.
Historical Excerpts contributed by Jim Hill, Superintendent of Heritage, Niagara Parks Commission
Why was Niagara region so important to the War of 1812 and why should people car? For one, the entire conflict centered around the region. The hub of the military action was the Niagara Region and here are the facts.
Fighting in Niagara lasted from the late summer of 1812 until the late fall of 1814. No other region in North America can claim this long period of military activity during the War of 1812.
The Niagara Region/Frontier was the scene of the hardest fighting of the War of 1812. Based on casualty lists, half the casualties suffered by combatants during the war take place within 35 miles/55 kilometres of the Niagara River.
The forts along the river changed hands repeatedly and the most famous stand up firefights of the war take place along the Niagara at Chippawa and Lundy’s Lane.
Most of the famous, and infamous, Generals of the war served in the area. Brock, Drummond, Scott, Brown, and Harrison; all spent time serving in Niagara.
The worst day of fighting, Lundy’s Lane, and the longest siege of the war, Fort Erie.
Important naval engagements take place within cannon shot of either side of the Niagara River. Capture of the Detroit and Caledonia, Capture of the Ohio and Somers. Squadrons of warships, some amongst the largest afloat at that time, patrolled the shores of Niagara.
John Norton and Red Jacket are two of the famous Native leaders operating in the Niagara area. John Norton allied to the British and Red Jacket allied to the Americans. The remnants of Tecumseh’s army served in Niagara in the last year of the war.
No other region can claim, British, American, Canadian, Native and Naval operations combined in one area and on the scale of events in Niagara. Combined operations at divisional level were about 5000 men in a division.
That’s some of the quick facts about the military side of things. But what does that have to do with life in 21st century Niagara – for more information see below
War of 1812 Celebrations
Niagara Falls Celebrations