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Special Feature: The War of 1812

Well into the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, Canada's History is highlighting the documentaries, publications, events and historical research being released over the coming year.

War of 1812 re-enactors in Fanshawe


From the Battle of Queenston Heights to the burning of Washington to the little-known role of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, this series of videos hosted by Tim Compeau brings to life the major events of the conflict.


In early 1813 the New Brunswick 104th Regiment of Foot marched more than 1100 kilometers from Fredricton to Kingston in Ontario. Executive Director of the St. John River Society tells us about the event and its historical context in this podcast.


Twenty takes on a war that shaped Canada.


From books to films and comics to games — a list of resources to help excite and inform your students about 1812.


James Laxer, author of Tecumseh and Brock, discusses events of the war and the unlikely alliance between these two "warriors."


A diligent reader offers another artist's interpretation of images for Tecumseh and Brock.


What makes the Canadian War Museum’s new exhibition 1812: One War, Four Perspectives so fascinating? It forgoes simplistic approaches for a deeper, although necessarily not exhaustive, exploration of four different points of view. By Nancy Payne, Editor, Kayak


History Television's documentary investigates a lesser known event from the conflict, and follows archaeologists and historians as they seek new answers. Listen to our podcast interview with writer, director, and producer Mick Grogan.


The War of 1812 in many ways shaped the future of the continent. Canada's History Editor in Chief Mark Reid toured the Niagara Peninsula to visit many of the key battlefields that helped decide the course of the conflict.


Read a selection of writing by Isaac Brock, military leader and administrator of Upper Canada during the War of 1812. He wrote mostly about politics, current affairs, and military life.


A guide to the seven different regions in Ontario that have been commemorating the War of 1812 with special events, projects, and activities.


War of 1812The History Experts

PBS's The War of 1812 interviewed twenty-six leading authorities on the war — American, British, Canadian and First Nations historians — presenting important accounts and research. Find more of their works and websites.


War of 1812Behind the Scenes

The PBS documentary The War of 1812 uses stunning re-enactments, evocative animation, and incisive commentary of key experts to reveal little-known sides of an important war. You can watch the trailer, listen to an interview with director Larry Hott, and flip through our photo gallery.


War of 1812 — Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Fanshawe Pioneer Village in London, Ontario, has been stagind re-enactments of the War of 1812. The next one will be held October 4, 2014. See photos from the Grand Tactical re-enactment held on October 1st, 2011. The event featured hundreds of reenactors bringing the excitement of the time period back to life.

The Pig War

The most curious international conflict between Canada and the United States involved a grunting pig, a swaggering army officer, and a cluster of small forested islands that lie in the Strait of Georgia.

Arthur’s Secret

Presidents of the United States must be born on U.S. soil. So says the American Constitution. But evidence suggests that Chester Arthur, the twenty-first president, was born in a foreign land. Canada, perhaps? Shh, don’t tell the Americans.

Divided Loyalties

For the Métis of Red River in the middle of the nineteenth century, it was an uncertain world. Neither white nor First Nations, but a distinctive blend of both, they were beset on all sides. White settlement imperilled their itinerant ways. Hostile Sioux threatened their traditional hunt. With the Hudson’s Bay Company and the government in London ignoring their claims, some Métis considered another alliance—with the Americans.

Death of a Liberator

Less than one month after arriving in Upper Canada, Nils von Schoultz was hanged and buried at Fort Henry in Kingston.

President Harding’s Last Stand

Vancouver gave him a hero’s welcome and then he sailed away to die.

Bombs in the Bush

Once upon a time, the Americans hid atomic bombs in Labrador. Seemed like a good idea at the time.

Lava Land

The story of Canada’s volcanic past is written in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.  

Lost Art of Fitz Roy Dixon

A chance discovery on an internet auction led to the discovery of a substantial body of work by Canadian painter Francis Fitz Roy Dixon.  

The Bear Facts

Winnie the bear is only one of the many members of the ursine family who have found a place in the annals of Canadian history.

Beer Wars

People loved their beer. Yet when zealous prohibitionists launched a holy crusade against the brewers, the brewers lost.

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