Canada Place War of 1812 Exhibition

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Canada Day at Canada Place will once again be hopping with music, activities, fireworks and family entertainment this July 1st. Now, festival goers will also get the chance to check out the new War of 1812 Experience that opened yesterday.

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Guests will be hosted by period costumed guides while visiting three distinct phases of the War of 1812. First, The War Over Water will set the context for the war and highlight the spectacular naval battles that took place between the United States and Britain and on the Great Lakes.

Second, Impressment will bring guests indoors where they will be conscripted into the British Army to experience the musket fire and smoke of battle through an immersive, multi-sensory show.

Finally, in The War and its Legacy guests will enter a recreated fort with digital interactive stations and historic displays, including authentic artifacts from the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. After visiting all three stations, guests can have a photo taken as a hero of the War of 1812 and send a digital postcard to friends and family.

The interactive exhibit takes about 30 minutes to complete, is free to explore, and is open to the public daily. It celebrates Canadian heritage, fittingly, at Canada Place until March 2014 — lasting the same amount of time as the original battle. Comprehensive school programs will be offered starting September 2012. A full gallery of images is available on the Canada Place Facebook page. is a proud sponsor of Canada Day at Canada Place. Download the iPhone or Android mobile application to check out all that Canada Place has to offer surrounding Canada Day and throughout the year.

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