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Early in the War of 1812, it became apparent that the existing militia system was woefully inadequate for the defense of Upper Canada. To rectify this situation, the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada passed an Act creating the Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada. Volunteers from throughout the Province were to be formed into Battalions, and to serve for the duration of the war. The men received...
Illuminate Barrie 2017 Sept 2 & 3, 2017
IMUC was asked to be part of the “Heritage Village” at the City of Barrie’s Canada 150 Celebration – Illuminate Barrie. Two full days of demonstrations, displays and continual interaction with the public culminated in city sponsored fireworks over Kampenfelt Bay. We were glad to come and tell our stories and share our knowledge. We even got along with the Medieval Knights also in attendance! Pictures from the event can be found at;
Old Fort Niagara Sept 2&3, 2017
We are a little late getting pictures from Old Fort Niagara last week. One of our regular IMUC-cams was there and the pictures have just come available! Several members of the IMUC Expeditionary Force were able to join the British forces at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown New York. The photos courtesy of Dawn Lindsay and Rolf Grollin have become available and can be found at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/10209916@N05/sets/72157686437291823
Battle of Backus Mill, Oct 9 & 10, 2017
Backus Mill is a perennial favourite of the Incorporated Militia. Once again we were treated royally by our good friends, the Norfolk Militia and the Backus Mill Conservation Authority site and staff. Perfect “wool weather” had been ordered and supplied! The battle scenarios worked very well with the village terrain. Several running skirmishes helped to animate the American and British camps. Some pictures from Backus Mill, 2017 can be found at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/10209916@N05/sets/72157688876902895
Fort Willow Festival Sept 29 & 30
One of IMUC's and IMAC's favourite things to do is to engage the public and school groups. Each year the Friends of Fort Willow ask us to come and help out with their school program. On Friday more than 1000 grade 7 & 8 students with parents and teachers came to the fort and engaged with us, The Royal Newfoundland Regiment, the Crew of the Nancy, the Crew of the Revenge, our Loyal Native Allies, the US 22nd, the Canadian Volunteers and period sutlers and artisans! Although it was a little "damp" weather-wise, the enthusiasm of the participants and presenters was not hampered! Kudos to Dave Cockburn, the Township of Springwater and the Friends of Fort Willow for another great historical festival!!
Some pictures from the event can be found at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/10209916@N05/albums/72157686788841114