18 July 2013

Community Celebrations Welcome Paddlers Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812


To commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 and the significant role which the St. John River has played over the centuries as a major transportation and communication route, a contingent of New Brunswick paddlers have undertaken to canoe the entire river. 

Eric and Kim McCumber, of the Kingston Peninsula Heritage Society, started from Fort Ingall near Cabano, Québec on June 27, 2013 and are paddling by canoe to Saint John, New Brunswick by July 20th, where they will complete a three week re-enactment commemorating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. 

On Friday, July 19 in the afternoon, Eric and Kim will arrive in Grand Bay-Westfield at Brundage Point River Centre.  The Town will gather at the river to welcome their arrival. The Kingston Heritage Choir will perform songs from the 1812 era in period costume during a BBQ supper. Eric McCumber will present a brief historical overview. To symbolize early mail service, he will deliver special mail to the Town. On the morning of July 20th, a breakfast and send off is planned at Brundage Point for those accompanying the re-enactors to their final destination in Saint John. 

On Saturday, July 20 in the afternoon, the New Brunswick Museum and Community Partners will welcome Eric and Kim to Saint John at Long Wharf Beach and invite the public to help celebrate this event.  Starting at 10am, join NBM staff as they conduct a “Beach Clean-Up” of Long Wharf Beach; from 1 to 3pm, NBM staff will be in period costume and offer storytelling, face painting, chalk art, and much more. 

Also part of this day’s event, from 2 to 4pm at the New Brunswick Museum Exhibition Centre located in Market Square, join the NBM staff for cake and lemonade in the Museum’s Foyer and view both 1812 historic flags: The King’s Colour 104th (New Brunswick Regiment of Foot), and the Regimental Colour 104th (New Brunswick Regiment of Foot) both which recently underwent a conservation process, and learn more about the War of 1812.  These colours were carried up the St. John River by New Brunswick’s 104th Regiment during the winter of 1813, in support of the military efforts in Upper Canada. 

Take some time to browse through the Museum Shop and find new 1812 products and publications that will be of interest.

For more information:

Jan Riddell, Chair of Grand Bay-Westfield Heritage Committee, Sub-committee of Grand Bay-Westfield Tourism
506-757-8380 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anne McHugh, Administrative Secretary, New Brunswick Museum
506-643-2351 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.