200th Anniversary of Lundy's Lane
A Matter of Marching
...the enemy's position was a most excellent one - Officer in the 11th Regiment (US)
At the Falls of the Niagara we met the enemy and had ... one of the most desperately fought actions ever experienced in America - Col. James Miller (US)
Be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime event. Echoing the footsteps of soldiers from 200 years ago, participants will walk through the streets of Niagara Falls. Follow the path that these soldiers took along the Portage Road on that fateful day, 25 July 1814.
With starting points under 2 km (1.5 miles) from the battlefield, participants will walk through the streets and converge on the Battlefield at dusk, following the old portage road like the combatants on that horrendous night 200 years ago. Once there, a unique experience will overtake you, where you will be involved in the remembrance of the bloodiest battle of the War of 1812. neXt Company Theatre will provide us with an immersive performance that puts you at the center of the action. Participants who register will get a red or a blue commemorative shirt which will determine their starting point in this walk. You will be part of the commemoration and represent the over 5000 soldiers who met in the battlefield.
The Lundy's Lane Historical Society will be holding a commemorative service on the battlefield commencing at 7:30 p.m. Following this service, there will be a candle light vigil up to the Lundy's Lane Memorial. Attendees of this event are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Following this, the participants in the walk will invade the battlefield.
|Niagara Falls History Museum - Free Admission
Visit the Gale Family War of 1812 Gallery, the Niagara
Falls Community Gallery, No Vacancy: Honeymoon Suite
or By-the-Week, Motel Culture of Niagara and we have
1812 Author Richard Feltoe with 1812 demonstrations and
selling his new book about the Battle of Lundy's
Lane "Crucible of Fire"
|5810 Ferry Street
||10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
| Lundy's Lane Gateway Unveiling
Join us as we officially open the new landmark that will
showcase the National Historic Site of Lundy's Lane
|6137 Lundy's Lane
|Battle Ground Hotel Museum - Free Admission
Tour our 1850s Tavern that explore battlefield tourism, let
by costumed interpreters
|6137 Lundy's Lane
||10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
|Lundy's Lane Historical Society Commemorative Service
Bring your lawn chair or a blanket
Military band, choir and much more
Music by the Jay Singers under the direction of Dianne Williams.
Historical context provided by Sherman Zavitz
Event will be concluded with the laying of wreaths and a
candlelight walk to the Lundy's Lane Monument
The music will begin at 7:00 p.m. welcoming you to the battlefield.
|Lundy's Lane Battlefield
Be a part of the event as you will invade the battlefield
and see installations and performance art along the way
brought to you by the Arts and Culture Committee
|Throughout the city
|Performance on the Battlefield
Be transformed back to the events of July 25, 1814 as neXt
Company Theatre put you in the middle of the action
|Lundy's Lane Battlefield
|Be sure to follow @nfmuseums and @discover1812 during
the event to get real time feeds, photos and more.
Please post your pictures of the event as well
Online registration is now closed to participate. Complete the registration form to receive your commemorative shirt and be involved in the participatory event. The first 500 paid registrants will receive a 200th anniversary commemorative coin. Every adult must register individually, children may register under their legal guardian. Registration ends on July 19th at 11:59pm. After that, if you wish to participate you may do so, however, there may not be t-shirts available for purchase. If we do have shirts still available, they can be purchased at the Gale Centre for $20/shirt and we will only be accepting cash at that point. You can still take our shuttles (we will ask you to sign a waiver form) and walk with the other registrants even if you do not have a shirt.
In Person Registration
After July 20th, the only way to register and get a commemorative shirt, is to register in person at the Gale Centre on July 25th. Registration opens at 2pm and will run until the shuttles start going to the starting points (approx. 8pm). The shirts will be available on a first come first serve basis. If you don't get a shirt, you can still participate (see above). Shuttles will start at 7:30, please leave enough time to sign up, get your shirt and be on the first bus.
- advance registration is now closed (see details above)
|Children (under 19)
Visit the 200th Anniversary Participant Details to get more details on registration, the route, parking, transportation, times and more information.
Map of the Niagara Frontier - check out the Brock Map library with this map overlapped a current map on Google Earth
Fort George Fife and Drum Corps will be providing us music to march to.
Attending the Commemorative Service and performance on the battlefield
Parking is very limited in this area of the City. We recommend car pooling. There is a City of Niagara Falls Parking lot off of Main Street (next to National Grocers), there is the Sylvia Place parking lot behind the Museum and there is some parking available on City streets however we would encourage you to respect parking laws and the neighbourhood. We encourage people to take City transit to the site as well. For those with accessible parking needs, there are a limited number of spots that will be made available on a first come first serve basis. These will be at the former Battlefield School on Barker Street. Only those with valid Accessible Parking identification will be permitted to park in this area. Again, city transit may be the best option for those with mobility needs as well.
National Grocers (5772 Main Street) has also offered their parking lot for the event. This is a large lot very close to the Battlefield. There is another City of Niagara Falls parking lot next to National Grocers as well.
Attending the participatory walk and performance
All parking should be done at the Gale Centre and you can take the shuttle bus (starting at 7:30pm) to the starting areas. Following the walk and the performance on the battlefield, shuttles will start running back from Main Street to the Gale Centre and run until 11 p.m. (last shuttle at 10:45).
For accommodations during the weekend of the event, please check out Niagara Falls Tourism
There are many local restaurants where you can pick up a bite to eat both before and after the event. Restaurant partners in the Main and Ferry area that can provide something to eat or drink before or after the event include:
- Big Texas
- Taste of Bombay
- Regal Diner