Harper Government Boosts Tourism by Investing in War of 1812 Commemorations in Barrie
May 25, 2012
“Canada would not exist had the American invasion not been repelled during the War of 1812; for that reason, the War was a defining chapter in our history,” said Minister Moore. “We invite all Canadians to learn more about the War of 1812 and take part in many of the activities and events that will pay tribute to our heroes.”
The City of Barrie will receive funding for Celebrate Barrie to be held June 1-3, 2012. This
years’ Celebrate Barrie will have an 1812 theme. There will be a showing of the TVO documentary on the War of 1812 and a production about Fort Willow and the War. Fort Willow was a major transportation route for the Royal Newfoundland Regiment marching from Kingston to Fort Willow and then crossing the lake to re-supply the British garrison at Michilimackinac. A military camp re-enactment will also take place.
“By supporting these activities, our Government is giving residents of Barrie and tourists the opportunity to appreciate this important moment in our history,” said MP Brown. “We are proud to help celebrate the heroic efforts of our ancestors and tell the story of the Canada we know today.”
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $35,000 through Canadian Heritage’s War of 1812 Commemoration Fund. The Fund supports community-based projects to foster greater awareness and understanding among Canadians of the importance of this moment in our history.
For more information, visit 1812.gc.ca.
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