Wasaga under Siege and Sails on the St. Mary seek re-enactors

Building on the huge success of past Wasaga under Siege events, the Historic Military Establishment of Upper Canada in partnership with the Town of Wasaga Beach, Ontario Parks, Town of Collingwood and Nancy Island Historic Site look forward to hosting you once again from August 16th to the 18th, 2013.

Wasaga under Siege “A War of 1812 Experience” will once again come to life as over 300 re-enactors will take part echoing history through the streets and waters of Wasaga Beach, Collingwood and Nancy Island Historic Site.

If you have never attended Wasaga under Siege in the past or have been a regular for the past decade this year is certainly the one not to miss!  As part of Ontario’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemorations the TALL SHIPS® 1812 Tour,  presented by Redpath Sugar will be returning to the shores of Nottawasaga Bay as part of Wasaga under Siege 2013.  In partnership with the port of Collingwood Tall Ships® LYNX, FRIENDS GOOD WILL and MADELINE will be taking part in a sail past along Beach Area 1 & 2 on Friday evening and then participating in the planned skirmish re-enactment taking place on the shores of beach area two afterwards.

Saturday’s afternoon battle re-enactment event will be changing locations as re-enactors will be boarding buses to travel over to Collingwood to partake in tactical demonstrations and activities in Millennium Park as part of Collingwood’s Tall Ship® event and activities.

Sunday morning re-enactors will also have the opportunity to return to Collingwood to board and view the Tall Ships® as bus transportation will be provided there and back.

We have put together a great weekend for re-enactors and spectators alike!  Re-enactors will enjoy a safe Grand Encampment area on Historic Nancy Island, water, food, entertainment, drinks, souvenir and 4 battles including river battles will also take place.  Battles will be fought all over the town of Wasaga Beach and Collingwood with Tall Ships®, parading, pillaging, cannons, muskets, longboats and voyageur canoes.  We will be using all our talents and proven Wasaga under Siege 1812 hospitality to make sure all re-enactors & participants alike feel welcomed and satisfied that it was worth the trip.

Wasaga Beach, Ontario as many of you already know host the longest fresh water beach in the world and attracts thousands of tourist each day to its beaches and attractions.  Re-enactors and their families will have the opportunity to enjoy the historical components of the event as well as the beach and modern attractions such as shopping, restaurants, waterslides, midway, paintball and other attractions to numerous to mention.

Merchants, blanket traders and artisans are welcomed free of charge and we have a great musical line-up for the evening hospitality tent on Friday and Saturday.

All re-enactors who portray any aspect of the War of 1812 are welcomed to participate.  They include – British and American Regulars or Militia, Navy Personnel, Cannon Crews, Natives, Voyageurs and Men, Women & Children civilians.

Sunday morning also features the Alex Montgomery Memorial Iron-man and Iron-women contest that has proven to be a popular event not only to participate in, but to watch as well, with prizes going out to the winners.

We have a brand new website so please take a look and if you are registering on-line please register individually or as an immediate family unit.  No group registrations will be accepted unless pre-approved.  This gives us a more accurate number for logistics, food and actual people attending and camping on the island.

Look forward to seeing everyone in August!

David J. Brunelle
Co-ordinator
WUS 2003-2013
Tall Ship® Information: www.1812bicentenial.com


Sails on the St. Mary & History Fest
July 19th, 20th & 21st, 2013
Roberta Bondar Marina &
Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site,
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

LOOKING FOR: RE-ENACTORS, ARTISANS, ENTERTAINERS, HISTORICAL DISPLAYS, MERCHANTS, ETC...

Algoma 1812 is looking for re-enactors, artisans, entertainers, historical displays, merchants, etc., to join them from July 19th to July 21st, 2013 as part of Ontario’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemorations TALL SHIPS® 1812 Tour,  presented by Redpath Sugar.  In partnership with the Rotary Club and the City of Sault Ste. Marie Tall Ships® NIAGARA, PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II and LYNX will be taking part in Sails on the St. Mary and History Fest activities throughout the weekend.

Algoma 1812 is looking for participants to be part of this historic event and are specifically looking for the following:

  • British & American Military Units, Individuals & Encampments
  • Period Demonstrators, Artisans, Entertainers and Merchants
  • Sailors, Naval Crew & Encampments
  • Native & Voyageur Units, Individuals & Encampments

If you have a special unique 19th century talent not listed above we would also like to hear from you!!!

All participants will be compensated in one form or another for attending and providing wholesome education and public orientated programming.

If you are interested in attending this great bicentennial event please submit a proposal with the following information from you or your unit/group:

  1. Name, Address, Postal Code, Phone Number and E-mail address
  2. A description of what you have to offer in regards to talent, demonstrations, exhibits, entertainment, encampments etc.
  3. Any promotional materials, pictures, websites promoting yourself or your group
  4. How many performances, interpretations, and presentations you would perform each day if applicable.
  5. What days you would be able to attend.
  6. Compensation for participating.

Please submit your proposals to David J. Brunelle at:

Email - davidbrunelle@rogers.com
Mailing - 23 Byrnes Crescent, Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada, L9M 1W4

Tentative Participants Schedule to Date

Thursday July 18th

Encampment set up - Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site

Friday July 19th

History Fest - Ermatinger Clergue – 9:30am to 4:30pm
Tall Ships® Parade of Sail – 1:00pm
Captain’s Dinner – Friday evening 6:00 p.m. – “Regency Dinner & Dance” - Tickets available for purchase.

Saturday July 20th

History Fest - Ermatinger Clergue Site - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Tall Ships® 1812 Festival 9:00am to 9:00pm Roberta Bondar Park
Tall Ships® Open – 10:00am – 8:00pm
Rotary Fest Parade – Line up at 10:00am – Parade at 11:00am.

Sunday July 21st

History Fest – Ermatinger Clergue Site – 9:00am to 5:00pm
Tall Ships® 1812 Festival 9:00am to 6:00pm Roberta Bondar Park
Tall Ships® Open – 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday Night Closing Dinner at Ermatinger Site - 7:30pm

Look forward to receiving everyone's proposals and for more information on Algoma 1812 and Tall Ships® visit: www.algoma1812.ca & www.ecnhs.com.

David J. Brunelle
Co-ordinator - Heritage Programming
705-716-7124
davidbrunelle@rogers.com