The Town of Wasaga Beach in partnership with The Historic Military Establishment of Upper Canada and Nancy Island Historic Site host one of North Americas largest battle reenactments WASAGA UNDER SEIGE, FRIDAY, JULY 25TH from 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., SATURDAY, JULY 26TH from 10: OO a.m. - 10:00 p.m. and SUNDAY, JULY 27TH from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Recent recipient of the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce Tourism Business/Attraction of the Year Award, this authentic War of 1812 Experience comes to life with a bang. More than 400 practiced re-enactors echo history through
the streets and waters of Wasaga Beach and Nancy Island. The professionally narrated, large scale re-enactments of authentic battles, marine assault and artillery tactics portray soldiers and sailors immersed in the hardships of the environment of the day.
A series of fictional and historical scenarios fought all over the town will be presented to the public. There will be four battles on two different battlefields amid the 360 acres of lush forests, beach areas, ridges and hidden sand dunes.
The Upper Nottawasaga River is basically the same way it was in 1814. For the first time, residents and spectators will see an exciting new component of the siege. From Glengarry Landing in Edenvale to the mouth of the River at Nancy Island, a 30 km River Run re-enactment of a convoy of Native/Voyageur canoes on the fur trade route will portray the original voyageurs experience as they paddled and portaged along this now historic waterway. Those who show their loyalty to King George III by cheering on the hearty crews, flying the British colours or showing their loyalty in other forms will receive a token of the Kings appreciation and a musket or a cannon salute. The River Run begins at 9:00 a.m., Friday, July 25TH and ends by 2:00 p.m.
The safety-conscious Grand Encampment is open to the public with close to 20 19th century merchants, blanket traders artisans, period cooking, water, food, drinks, souvenir and surgeons tent, followed by Battle Aftermath Guided Encampment Tours.
Once again, Meridian Credit Union supports this community heritage event by partnering to sponsor musical entertainment for three days with a mix of period, Celtic, folk, Canadiana and modern music including Washboard Hank, Irish band Ceol Cara, Celtic rock band Caber Toss, the Zoom Daddys travelling minstrels and Backroads.
All participants are encouraged to review Wasaga under Sieges new Black Powder and Encampment Safety Guidelines which have been posted on the website. Musket and artillery inspections with compliance cards being issued will also be enforced this year as well.