Monday, August 1, 2011

Simcoe Day, 2011

August 1 is a holiday across canada, but even in Ontario, its called all sorts of things. Here in the Toronto area, its Simcoe Day, for our first Lieutenant Governor , John Graves Simcoe.
To celebrate the day, the City of Toronto held a free admission event at Fort York. Troops from the Queen's Rangers, the Fort York Guard, the Corps of Drums and the Fort George Guard from Niagara-On-The Lake, Ontario as well as serving members of The Queens (York) Rangers R.C.A.C.

The soldiers marched down the central pathway in front of the crowd,

before wheeling onto the main parade ground, where Ontario's current Lietenant Governor, David C. Onley,

inspected the troops.

After the ceremony, the soldiers took a well deserved break. (it was extremely hot for them in their period costumes - one soldier collased right before the inspection!), then came back out for a dramatic demonstration of fire power.

The soldiers first fired off their muskets,

before the Artillery let loose with two canons, a 6 pounder

and a 3 pounder.

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