Category HMS Nancy

New Cannons on Display at Nancy Island – Legacy of James Ward

The Friends of Nancy Island and Wasaga Beach Park are pleased to be able to show case two Cannons that were built and donated by James (Jim) Ward of Wasaga Beach. Jim was a member of the Friends of Nancy Island, a volunteer during Wasaga Under Siege and a skilled and talented artisan. Unfortunately Jim […]

Growing Up with Tall Tales of Uncle Charlie and the Nancy

Does your family have stories that you’ve heard over and over again, but you are not sure whether or not they are true? My father shared the story of a larger-than-life character, C.H.J. Snider (my grandfather’s cousin) whom we only ever knew as ‘Uncle Charlie’ and the Nancy—a small fur trading schooner conscripted by the British […]

Don’t Miss Wasaga Under Siege – August 13th and 14th

Make sure your calendar is marked to visit Nancy Island Historic Site this weekend. Wasaga Under Siege is an event you won’t want to miss. You can experience life in 1812 by visiting British, American, and Native encampments. Participating groups include Royal Newfoundland Regiments, 22nd US Infantry, Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada, Royal Artillery 4th […]

HMS Nancy Hull Conservation Underway

Nancy Island is the most relevant site to the War of 1812 in Simcoe County and the Georgian Bay region. It is home to the charred hull of the HMS Nancy – a British supply schooner pressed into naval service during the War of 1812. After a gallant defense, the HMS Nancy sunk in the […]

A Piece of Wasaga’s History Donated to Nancy Island

This past July, Nancy Island Historic Site was excited to receive a donation of an important piece of Wasaga Beach’s rich cultural history; a piece of wood planking that was taken from the HMS Nancy’s hull in 1969. The piece of planking was given to John Robarts, former Premier of Ontario, as a gift after […]

Original Painting of Nancy Donated to the Friends!

In late September, the Friends of Nancy Island gathered at the Wasaga Beach Welcome Centre to accept the donation of an original watercolour painting of the Nancy presented by Paul Carroll, historian and writer of Great Lakes history, on behalf of Don Bamford, an avid sailor and author of FRESHWATER HERITAGE. The artist, Charles L. […]

In Remembrance of the Unknown Soldier

In 1949, a human skeleton was unearthed from the bank of the Nottawasaga River in Wasaga Beach. The adult male skeleton was recovered with nothing more than a single military button determined as being of Scottish origin dating as far back as the War of 1812. The remains were found in close proximity to where […]

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Check out these amazing pictures from Wasaga under Siege 2013! Email if you’d like to share your pictures with us, too! To see more of Bruce Young’s work: To see more of Katelyn Debus Photography:

1812 Re-enactors & Tall Ships Attract Thousands

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 […]