Over the past decade, Nancy Island has hosted Wasaga under Siege, a War of 1812 re-enactment featuring a living history encampment that is open to the public. This three-day-long event commemorates the rich history of Wasaga Beach, specifically the battle that took place here 199 years ago between the British, Aboriginal peoples, and Americans. This heritage festival gives the public the opportunity to listen to period musical performances, watch historic battle re-enactments and demonstrations, purchase items from 19th century merchants, and much more!
Our 2013 event (August 16, 17 & 18) was our most successful one yet! Nearly 8000 people visited the site over the three day period to participate in the festivities. Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers, and Park staff for helping make Wasaga under Siege 2013 one of the best events of the summer. And a big thank you to David Brunelle for coordinating the event over the last decade!
On Friday August 16th, two Tall Ships, the square topsail schooner Lynx and the topsail sloop Friends Goodwill, sailed into Nottawasaga Bay as part of the 1812 Provincial Tour celebrating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Thousands of people gathered on the Beach to watch the battle re-enactment featuring an exchange of cannon fire between the soldiers on the shore and the ships in the Bay.
We are now looking ahead to 2014; the bicentennial year of the sinking of the HMS Nancy. Because the historic battle that led to the destruction of the battle took place on August 14th, we have extended the event to include this day in our celebrations. We look forward to commemorating the battle and the subsequent loss of the HMS Nancy at Nancy Island on August 14, 15, 16, and 17. More details will be available here soon: http://www.wasagaundersiege1812.com/eventSchedule.php