August 05, 2012 to August 12, 2012
Follow Sir Isaac Brock’s own footsteps he had taken 200 years ago over a period of 8 days, beginning on Sunday August 6th at the Toronto Harbour Front and ending on August 12th at the Port Dover Harbour Front.
Shortly after the message reached Sir Isaac Brock (in command of the entire British army in Canada) that an American Army had advanced straight into Canadian territory at Sandwich (Windsor, Ontario), Brock immediately set sail from Fort York towards Burlington Heights and mounted the highly successful invasion and capture of Fort Detroit and Michigan Territory which further delayed the US from any other invasions for almost a year.
The 8 Day Brocks Walk will include:
Sunday August 5th; 11 am to 3:30 pm;
Fort York to Toronto Harbourfront:
Join Brock and his entourage at Fort York as they prepare to sail on the Kajama, a 165-foot, three-masted schooner. Brock will walk from the Fort to the Harbourfront at 12:30 pm and board the schooner at 1:30 pm. Enjoy the cruise or help the crew during the 2 hour adventure. Reserve your tickets now at www.tallshipcruisestoronto.com/ to take a sail with Brock.
Monday, August 6th; 10 am to 5 pm;
Brant Day Festival, LaSalle Park, Burlington:
Join Brock for a day of re-enactments, a military skirmish, native culture interpretation, traditional artisans and much more. Don’t miss the re-enactment of Brock’s meeting with John Brant. Opening Ceremonies 11:30 am.
Tuesday, August 7th; 10 am to 2 pm;
Dundurn National Historic Site, Hamilton:
Join Brock at 10:30 am as he meets up with David Beasley – historian and descendant of Burlington Heights landowner. The Hamilton Military Museum and Dundurn Castle’s main floor and basement will be open for FREE self-guided tours. Live music with Muddy York and talks by David Beasley will happen during the day. Let the kids dress-up and be part of military drills or enjoy tours of the grounds and garden. Come out for this free day of festivities!
Wednesday, August 8th; 10am to 2 pm;
Mohawk Chapel, Brantford:
Witness Brock meeting with John Norton and the Six Nations of the Grand River as they re-affirm their alliance with Britain at the Mohawk Chapel; Ontario’s oldest church, in Brantford.
Thursday, August 9th, 5 to 7 pm;
Mount Pleasant Nature Park, Brantford:
Join Brock for a FREE 1812-themed family picnic featuring period music, re-enactors storytelling, a barbecue, special 1812 ice cream from Hewitt’s Dairy, face painting and much more
Friday, August 10th, 11 am;
Lynnwood Park, Simcoe:
Pack a picnic and enjoy singing, dancing, historic games, and demonstrations from Norfolk Militia re-enactors and listen to Brock’s proclamation to rally the troupes. Follow Brock through downtown Simcoe and meet local merchants at the town sidewalk sale. Enjoy $18.12 dinner entrees at the Blue Elephant Restaurant.
Saturday August 11th and 12th;
Harbour Front, Port Dover:
Join Brock Saturday at 2 pm for a sail on the St. Lawrence II Tall Ship and enjoy the evening pageant, The Lion on the Lake, for a unique community performance and parade from Powell Park to the Harbour Front. Return Sunday at 2 pm for the re-dedication of the 1812 cannon at Powell Park.
Toronto, Burlington, Hamilton, Brantford, Simcoe, Port Dover