Siege of Fort William
Of the many events the Canadian Corps of Voyageurs takes part in, re-enactment of the Siege of Fort William is certainly a popular one. It’s August 1816, Lord Selkirk and his mercenaries have arrived at Fort William bent on the destruction of the North West Company and in retaliation for the NWC’s involvement in the Battle of Seven Oaks where 21 of Selkirk’s settlers were killed two months previously.
Siege of Fort William is often an annual event at Fort William Historical Park and an important one for the Corps.
Battle for Fort William
Battle for Fort William is a War of 1812 event first organized at FWHP in 2008. Although there never was historically a battle during the war at Fort William, the event is created to give visitors to FWHP a taste of what might have been.
Of all the opportunities for members of the Corps, this is by far the most dramatic.
Members of the Corps will on occasion travel to take part in War of 1812 events elsewhere. Below are links to information regarding some events we have participated in previously and may elect to return to again.
Big Island Rendezvous, Albert Lea, Minnesota
Prairie Du Chien, WI
Battle of the Mississinewa, La Fontaine, Indiana
Wasaga Under Siege, Wasaga Beach, Ontario
Fort Erie, Fort Erie Ontario
Fort Gibraltar, St. Boniface, Manitoba
Battle of Seven Oaks