Please mark your calendar for the 21st annual Run for the Cure on Sunday, September 30, 2012. The Canadian Corps of Voyageurs has been asked to once again, assist with the start of this race. Our red coats are not quite pink enough, so our dress will be Voyageur.
We will be there to support this great cause – will you?
Thunder Bay is fortunate this year to be included in the Royal Canadian Navy’s Great Lakes Deployment, a tour of fourteen Canadian and U.S. cities. Members of the Canadian Corps of Voyageurs were honoured to join staff from Fort William Historical Park, as well as numerous representatives from the City of Thunder Bay, Fort William First Nation and local Canadian Forces staff in welcoming the arrival of the Ville de Quebec (VDQ) the morning of Wednesday August 15th 2012.
The crew of the VDQ favoured us all with a single shot from their ceremonial gun, answered by members of the CCV Honour Guard and FWHP Canon Crew.
The VDQ will be in port for 5 days and tours of the ship will be available. We encourage anyone who can spare the time to come down to Pool 6 and see the VDQ – it is an experience.
Once the crew of the VDQ was officially welcomed by FWFN and City of Thunder Bay, those in attendance were afforded the opportunity of a guided tour. This is just one of the benefits of being a member of the CCV as we often get to take part in events ahead of the general public.
Members of the CCV are often called out for Honour Guard duty at Fort William Historical Park. On August 14th 2012, we were called out for another VIP arrival, a Deputy Assistant Minister from the Ontario Government.
Photos courtesy CCV members unless otherwise noted.
British drill in preparation for the return of the Americans.
American reinforcements arrive by boat and exchange fire with British on the warf.
The Americans, determined to gain the Fort as their prize, advance onto the field and fire upon the British.
During the battle, a tent on the British side catches fire, temporarily pushing back the voyageur militia until the fire can be extinguished.
The British dispense with the annoyance of the fire and continue to beat back the American assault. Eventually the Americans realize their effort is fruitless and they offer their surrender to the British.
British stand by to ensure the battle is over and their casualties can be collected and brought to the surgeon.
The Americans collect their casualties and leave the field.
British camp after the battle.
Still looking for more pictures? See Day 2 Gallery post.
All photos are courtesy CCV members unless otherwise noted.
It’s 1814 and the Northwest Company has endured the loss of several cargo schooners. Supplies and warehouses at Sault Ste Marie have been burned and now the Americans, camped just outside the palisade at Fort William are planning to attack.
Both sides collect their dead and wounded and retire from the battle field.
Want to see more pictures? See the Day 1 Gallery post.
The weekend of July 21st-22nd marked the Annual Celtic Fair at Fort William Historiical Park. As promised, the weekend was filled with several entertainers, pipe band and sword fighting demonstrations and highland games. The Canadian Corps of Voyageurs was on … Continue reading
The Americans have declared war and it is only a matter of time before Fort William is likely to be attacked.
Well, it’s actually just two weeks away! Staff at FWHP and members of the CCV have been making ready for The War of 1812 Bicentennial Salute, set for July 28th and 29th at Fort William Historical Park.
There is still time to volunteer for this event – please see the FWHP site for contact information.