Wasaga Under Siege Returns in 2018

© Enrique Photo Art

Back by popular demand – Wasaga Under Siege 2018. The Friends of Nancy Island and Wasaga Beach Park with the assistance of Ontario Parks, the Town of Wasaga Beach and many community sponsors is coordinating Wasaga Under Siege 2018.  All events and activities will be held at Nancy Island Historic Site.

August 18th: 10 am – 6 pm, with a reopen at 7:30pm for performances (*see below)

August 19th: 10 am – 4 pm

Visit British, American, and British Naval Encampments on Nancy Island and experience life in 1812. Enjoy musket and Cannon Demonstrations, War of 1812 Surgeon, Cooking Demonstrations, 1812 Fashion Shows, 1812 Scavenger Hunt, Candy Cannon, Kids Mini Militia and much more!

Admission: $5 per/person/day   12 and under Free

The Friends of Nancy Island will operate a food and refreshment booth.  Come out and experience life during the War of 1812.


In celebration of the 125th Anniversary of Ontario Parks and the 90th Anniversary of Nancy Island Historic Site, there will be a Saturday evening performance featuring David Archibald, Fife and Drum Corp, and the Hard Tackers Sea Shanty Crew.

Admission to the performance is FREE!

Gates will reopen at 7:30pm with David Archibald performing at 8pm.

For more information contact: mjbcroft@gmail.com

For event sponsorship contact: willmottp@sympatico.ca

Participating Groups

Re-enacting groups attending include the Royal Newfoundland Regiments, Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada, HMS Nancy Gun Crew, HMS Moira Royal Navy Display, Penetanguishene Ships Company, Royal George Landing Party, Royal Artillery 4th Battalion, 22nd US Infantry and Canadian Volunteers.

Life in the Village Video 2014

Watch this short video created by Al Sposato during 2014 Wasaga Under Siege. It gives you a great look at what the Encampment on Nancy Island is like.

Wasaga Under Siege

A War of 1812 Experience

Wasaga Under Siege: A War of 1812 Experience is an annual living history festival commemorating a War of 1812 battle between Americans, British and First Nations which resulted in an American victory with the sinking of the British schooner Nancy. This historic event eventually led to the modern day creation of Nancy Island Historic Site located in present day Wasaga Beach, Ontario. This heritage festival managed and operated mainly by volunteers’ features authentic War of 1812 tactics, historical battles, marine assault, artillery, and much more. A professional public address announcer narrates each battle event as a series of fictional and historical battle scenarios are presented to the public. The Grand Encampment on Nancy Island Historic Site will feature re-enactors opening their living history encampments to the public along with 19th century merchants, artisans, demonstrators, entertainers, live period musical entertainment and much more.

Wasaga Under Siege is a family friendly festival celebrating our rich Canadian heritage and returns August 18th and 19th, 2018

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The Friends of Nancy Island Historic Site and Wasaga Beach Park is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to furthering the educational and interpretive programs of Wasaga Beach Provincial Park and Nancy Island Historic Site.

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