A large-scale version of the Battle of Georgian Bay kicks off tonight.
Over 800 re-enactors and other participants will take part in the five day event in the communities of Penetanguishene, Midland as well as Tiny and Tay Townships.
This will be the largest 1812 event in North America this year and will be the largest we have seen in this region in 18 years. This event is an 1812 Grand Tactical event, with a location that alternates between Canada and the US each year.
Last year it was in Old Fort Niagara in Youngtown’s New York. We are expecting as many as 200 reenactors to attend from the United States with groups as far away as Florida.
Many of the re-enactors bring their families and portray the civilian side of 19th century living in the encampment as well.David Brunelle, Special Events Coordinator for Discovery Harbour
The Battle of Georgian Bay itself is fictitious, but the activities take place at Discovery Harbour, which was an actual British Naval and Military base active from 1817 till 1856.
Specific events are scheduled for Victoria Harbour, Balm Beach, Midland and Penetanguishene.
The last 3 larger battles will happen at Discovery Harbour on Saturday and Sunday and will include both land and sea exchanges.
For more detail on all Battle of Georgian Bay activities you can click here