Engagement at Bradley - War of 1812 

Call Heritage Mississauga: (905) 828-8411 

 Email: 2017@engagement1812.com

Schedule of Events

The Engement at Bradley will include thrilling demonstrations, sutlers selling wares, and all sorts of fun for your family. Click here to see the schedule of our events and to see a list of participant groups and organisations!

Plan Your Visit

Step back in history with the entire family! Visit one of Mississauga's fine museums and take in life in early 19th century Upper Canada! Click here to find out more about The Engagement at Bradley and plan your visit to us!

Re-Enactors Information

Are you a living historian or re-enactor who will be taking part in the event? Click here for more information....

Host Unit

Thompson's Company of The 2nd York Regiment is a Mississauga based unit which operates in connection with Heritage Missisauga. Interested in becoming a re-enactor? Click here to find out about our company!

THIS SITE UPDATED:  October 17th, 2017 - IMPORTANT UPDATE - Possible detour on drive if using Southdown Rd. See "Plan your Visit" in the links.


In June of 1812, the United States of America, having many unaddressed grievances with Great Britain, declared war and began the process of military actions against the nearest British territory to them, the Canadas.

Their objective – to attack Upper Canada though the Detroit River border, the Niagara peninsula, and Lower Canada by attacks on Montreal and Quebec crossing the St. Lawrence. The defence of the whole of Canada fell to about eight thousand British regular soldiers, about nine-thousand native allies, Readyingand about four-thousand militia.

The latter group, citizen soldiers, usually poorly equipped, little trained, but with a great deal to fight for... the protection of their homes. It was the duty, and indeed, even the law for all able bodied men to heed the call to arms and help defend their King and Country.

The Militia was made up entirely of citizen soldiers. From Halifax to Amherstburg, from 1794 through to 1811, these farmers, shop keepers, businessmen, and all the other settlers between the ages of 16 to 60 were legally bound to come to training only once a year, often with their own weapons and without uniforms, to learn basic military drill and be as ready as they could be. By 1812, in Upper Canada, militia drilling and readiness was ramped up thanks to the foresight of the military administrator of Upper Canada, Major General Isaac Brock who saw the signs of war and invasion coming.

The host regiment for this event, The 2nd York Militia, was drawn from Toronto Township and saw action in and around the Niagara region.

Lewis Bradley began the War of 1812 as an adjutant in the 2nd York Militia and several of his wife's family also served in the regiment, so there's little doubt troops would have been welcomed onto his property

Step back with us and experience our militia engagement... a combination of historical and theatrical as members of the re-enacting community take to the camp and the field to reproduce life during the war that, in the end, led to more than two-hundred years of peace and the world’s largest undefended border.

 The Bradley Museum

Part of Museums of Mississauga


1620 Orr Rd., Mississauga, Ontario


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