January 13th, 2012
The American Bus Association has declared the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial in Thorold, Ontario its top Canadian event of 2012.
The Niagara 1812 Bicentennial, a series of festivals, exhibits and fairs that will mark the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, will take place June 15-18.
In 1812, American forces declared war on the British and invaded Canada, turning the Niagara region into a battleground.
The Americans successfully attacked York (now Toronto) in April 1813, looting the town and burning homes and the Parliament building.
Later that year they captured and occupied the town of Niagara, soon after claiming Fort George as their own. Their plan was to use the town as a springboard to capture the province but the British and their Aboriginals in the area held their ground and succeeded in forcing a retreat. In December 1813, the American forces abandoned Fort George, setting fire to the village on their way out.
While Canada suffered many casualties during the War of 1812, Canadians still look back with pride, and we celebrate a 200 year legacy of friendship and peace with the United States.
For more information on the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial, visit Discover 1812.
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