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Oops …  Unfortunately we have not kept our site current for quite some time now but we do have a newly created Facebook Page that we would love for you to like.

Hopefully our main website will be revamped at some point soon so please check us out here again.

Training Weekend – 2013

The weekend of May 11th and 12th was a training weekend at FWHP for 15 members of Canadian Corps of Voyageurs and 11 local Militia Lake Superior Scottish Regiment and Thunder Bay garrison personal. The weather was wet and cold but was endured by all that attended. This event was in preparation  for Stony Greek and Fort George battle re-enactments at the end of May and first part of June.

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See our gallery for more pictures taken over the weekend.

Voyageur Winter Carnival – Almost 500 Shots Fired!

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The CCV was pleased, once again to participate in FWHP’s Voyageur Winter Carnival.  Our shooting booth was well attended by almost 1 out of every 10 of the over 5000 visitors to the Fort over the three days the carnival was held, February 16th to 18th, 2013.

It’s hard to find a better place to spend time in the out of doors on the Family Day Weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Besides getting to shoot a musket, guests were also invited in to the Armour’s Shop to see our display and enjoy the fire.

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Lakehead University Visit

CCV members delivered a ‘hands on’ session about the War of 1812 for Professor David Ratz’s Canadian History Class at Lakehead University on February 15th 2013. Professor Ratz did a brief introduction and a question and answer session took place for 1 1/2 hours. We had an enthusiastic reception.

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Living Canada’s history today – it’s a thrill!

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2013 Mess Dinner

On February 9th 2013, members of the CCV and honoured guests assembled for our (sometimes) annual Mess Dinner.  With all customs and traditions observed, procedures were followed before, during and after dinner to ensure the enjoyment of all present.

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Things done with intention and purpose take time, but they are worth it.  The CCV extends our thanks to all who participated.

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December 2012 Issue of Kayak takes a look at the War of 1812

Kayak is the version of Canada’s History Magazine (formerly, “The Beaver”) for kids.  The historic Canadian Corps of Voyageurs gets honourable mention of page 27 – check it out here.

Lovers of history should visit Canada’s History website often, and the CCV suggests we all especially check out the War of 1812 Special Features where several articles, and links to reading lists as well as other informative resources may be found.

Read about it and celebrate – it’s your history, Canada.

Official Unveiling of the War of 1812 Commerative Banner

As indicated on the Canadian Government’s War of 1812 website, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces have developed several War of 1812-themed initiatives to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812.   One of the key activities is the presentation of a War of 1812 Commemorative Banner, approved by Queen Elizabeth II, to CF units, formations and establishments whose heritage embraces service in the War of 1812, as well as First Nations and Métis communities identified by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

The banner was received locally by the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment (LSSR) at the annual St Andrew’s Day Regimental Ball on 16 November 2012.

Members of the CCV were invited and honoured to attend this special and unique occasion.

FWHP School Programs – War of 1812

Members of the Canadian Corps of Voyageurs have a “history” of assisting FWHP staff with different school programs that focus on life at Fort William and in Upper Canada in general during the early 1800s.

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Today we were pleased to help out with one of FWHP’s school programs called  “War of 1812” designed to educate the students about the daily life of a Regency period soldier.

 

 

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School groups were divided into three sections and rotated through the following stations:

1.    Manual of arms and Platoon exercise.
2.    Setting up a tent and lighting a fire.
3.    A lecture about and display of the weapons and equipment of an 1812 soldier.

Here we see Bert and Russ who volunteered to do the third station.

HMS Bounty, We Bid You Farewell

The effects of Hurricane Sandy will be felt for some time and our hearts go out to all those affected by its tragic consequences.  Of particular note to those of us in the CCV, is the loss of the HMS Bounty and potentially two of her crew.

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The Canadian Corps of Voyageurs was very pleased to take part in the welcoming of the HMS Bounty during her visit here to Thunder Bay in 2010.  The modern day replica of its famous namesake, HMAV (His Majesty’s Armed Vessel) Bounty, was built in 1960 for the movie “Mutiny on the Bounty”.  Many of us are familiar to some degree with the historical account concerning the original ship and crew in Tahiti in 1789, but perhaps we are not all as familiar with the modern ship and crew.  Purchased by the HMS Bounty Organization in 2001, she was first refitted and restored to full readiness, refitted again in 2005 for her role in “Pirates of the Caribbean II: Dead Man’s Chest”, and refitted again following the movie once again as the Bounty replica.

Since 2007, HMS Bounty has served as a living museum, focussed on teaching the nearly lost arts of square rigged sailing and seamanship.  As a working 18th century square rigger, she travelled extensively from one event to another and was on her way “home” to St. Petersburg, Florida to provide dockside tours scheduled in early November.  Working her way around Hurricane Sandy proved fateful and she succumbed to the winds and the waves early Monday morning and sank off the North Carolina coast.  Fourteen of the sixteen crew members were saved.  Captain Robin Walbridge remains missing as of the writing of this post and crew member Claudene Christian has died as a result of her injuries.  We mourn their loss.