2013-06-21 (to 2013-06-22) 200th Anniversary of Laura Secord’s Famous Walk

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200th Anniversary of Laura Secord’s Famous Walk
Special events planned to commemorate the Canadian heroine

Niagara Falls, ON – The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC), along with the Friends of Laura Secord, Canada Post and the Royal Canadian Mint, wish to invite all proud Canadians to gather to celebrate the achievements of Laura Secord, a remarkable woman who walked into Canadian history 200 years ago.

Friday, June 21, 10 a.m.
Commemorative Coin and Stamp Unveiling Ceremony
Laura Secord Homestead
29 Queenston St., Queenston, Ontario

Federal, provincial and local government representatives will be present for this public commemorative ceremony.

Canada Post will issue two stamps to commemorate the daring exploits of two legendary national heroes – Laura Secord who warned of an imminent enemy attack on Canada, and Charles de Salaberry who led a brilliant defence that repelled a larger force bent on capturing Montreal. The stamps are part of a three-year series commemorating the War of 1812 and, as of June 20, 2013 are available at all post offices across the country and at www.canadapost.ca.

The Royal Canadian Mint will also unveil a new 25-cent commemorative circulation coin in honour of Laura Secord, which will conclude a four coin series celebrating the Heroes of the War of 1812. 12.5 million of these special coins will circulate across Canada as of June 22, 2013.

Friday June 21, 5 – 7 p.m.
“A Toast to Laura Secord” Formal Reception
Queenston Heights Restaurant, Laura Secord Monument
14184 Niagara Parkway, Queenston, Ontario

The Friends of Laura Secord group has arranged a ceremony that will include a special message from His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales. Lieutenant Governor Onley will also be in attendance. The reception will showcase Niagara wines, cheeses and a delicious assortment of wonderful treats. Reserved limited tickets are available for $50 per person. RSVP by June 14: (905) 468-3912 or amyklassen@niagarahistorical.museum.

Saturday, June 22
The Friends of Laura Secord’s Commemorative Re-enactment Walk

The Friends of Laura Secord group has also organized a commemorative re-enactment walk to trace the route Laura Secord took from her homestead in Queenston to Decew House in Thorold.

There are many ways to participate, from completing the full 32 kilometre trek to shorter route options. Participants with mobility challenges can also experience the entire route by riding the fully accessible shuttle. Pre-registration is required. Please visit www.friendsoflaurasecord.com for more information.

Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
War of 1812 Bicentennial Heritage Fair
Laura Secord Homestead
29 Queenston St., Queenston, Ontario

This special event will showcase activities integral to daily life during the War of 1812. Historic interpreters, entertainers and interactive activities will make visitors feel as though they have stepped back in time.

There will be no parking on site at the Laura Secord Homestead on Saturday,
June 22. Visitors who park at Queenston Heights will be shuttled to the event and will receive half price admission at the Laura Secord Homestead.

About the Laura Secord Homestead
The historical Laura Secord Homestead is a heritage and tourist destination owned by The Niagara Parks Commission. In 2011, the homestead was renovated and revived thanks to a joint investment from the governments of Canada and Ontario as part of its War of 1812 heritage building collection.

The Niagara Parks Commission is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.

For more information, please visit www.niagaraparksheritage.com