The War of 1812 ushered in 200 years of peace between the U.S. and what would become Canada. Today we'll look at some of the Canadian venues that are ideal for War of 1812 events.
The bicentennial of the War of 1812 is the perfect time for War of 1812 themed events. Think galas, balls in period dress, reenactments, cooking events with period recipes, urban safaris to historical sites, picnics, exhibits and business meetings at venues related to the The War of 1812.
Chateauguay (Near Montreal)
- 1. Battle of the Chateauguay National Historic Site
From October 21 - 26, 1813, the Battle of the Chateauguay took place here.
Venues at this UNESCO World Heritage Site include a 100-person amphitheater, the Salaberry Room with a capacity of 20, the Chess Room that accommodates groups of up to 20 for business meetings, and the Museum Room with a capacity for up to 40.
- 2. Battlefield House Museum and Park
At this site of the Battle of Stoney Creek took place on June 6, 1813. The bicentennial reenactment is scheduled for May 31 - June 2, 2013.
The museum is in the over 200-year-old Battlefield House, a Georgian-style mansion. Battlefield House was occupied by American troops and became the headquarters for the American army in British North America during the War of 1812. The museum is being restored to the original design and it will be re-opened for corporate events in the fall of 2012. The site has picnic facilities including a picnic pavilion that are open to the public during the renovations.
- 3. Fort George Canadian National Historic Site
During the Battle of Fort George, the fort was captured by the American army and occupied seven months.
Navy Hall can accommodate up to 80 guests for seated dining events.
- 4. Queenston Heights Park Pavilion
Site of the Battle of Queenston Heights
The covered pavilions can accommodate up to 800 guests for outdoor events.
Morrisburg (near Kingston)
- 5. Fort Henry
Fort Henry was built from 1832 to 1837 to replace the existing fort that was built during the War of 1812 to protect the Navy Dockyards.
The 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Discovery Centre provides a panoramic view of the site. It consists of the Great Hall with an adjoining 1,600-square-foot, two-tier deck and an 80 x 160 ft. tented area. The capacity of the Great Hall is 160 for dining and and over 300 for receptions.
There are two historic rooms that are available for business meetings and conferences. The Macdonald Room accommodates 30 in boardroom-style set-up and 60 with a theater-style configuration. The Bredin Room has a capacity of 30 in boardroom style and 60 in theater-style.
- 6. Canadian War Museum
The War of 1812 exhibit gives interpretations from Canadian, American, British, and Native American perspectives.
The four event venues include LeBreton Gallery for groups of 600 for dining and 1,200 for receptions, the Lobby with space for up to 800 for dining and 1,500 for receptions, the Barney Danson Theatre that accommodates 235 with a theater-style configuration, 200 for dining, and 400 for receptions and The Mess with a capacity of 150 people for dining and 300 for receptions.
- 7. St. Lawrence Market
In 1803, The Farmer's Market was built on the shore of Lake Ontario (now Front Street East) where the North Market of St. Lawrence Market now stands. The York Militia was stationed there during the Battle of York.
At The Market Gallery, the Finding the Fallen: The Battle of York Remembered exhibit, which runs until September 8, 2012, chronicles the military and civilian casualities. Groups of up to 40 can book history talks about the War of 1812 and the Battle of York.
Events can be held on the St. Lawrence Market in The North Market, St. Lawrence Hall and the Market Kitchen, which can accommodate up to 40 for interactive cooking events.
- 8. Historical Fort York
Built in 1793, this was once the primary source of defense for Toronto (formerly called York). War of 1812 combat at this site came to a climax during the Battle of York on April 27, 1813. The 43-acre site encompasses the entire original battlefield area.
Much of the original fort was destroyed during combat but the site is the largest collection of War of 1812-era buildings in Canada, dating back to 1813 -1815.
Inside the walled fort, the capacity for an outdoor reception is 5,000 with ample walking around room. For a tented dinner the site can seat between 2,000 and 5,000. Indoor space includes the Blue Barracks with capacity ranging from 150 to 200, and the North and South Programming room, ideal for meetings of 20 people. The Blue Barracks patio can accommodate up to 200 people.
There is a new rehabilitated space outside the walled fort called the Garrison Common. 10,000 people can be accommodated in this area that is perfect for concerts and large scale stage events.
- 9. Parliament Interpretive Centre
Until February, 2014, The Parliament Interpretive Centre will have War of 1812 memorabilia as well as artifacts from the Upper Canada Parliament buildings destroyed during the Battle of York that were uncovered during the 2000 archeological digs.
The West Room accommodates up to 30 people seated and 40 for receptions, and the East Room up to 80 seated up to 100 for receptions.
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