Government of New Brunswick

New Brunswick and the war of 1812

On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on Britain and what was to that point a major European conflict now crossed to North America. There were several reasons but for the Atlantic Americans, the underlying cause was Britain’s war with France that had continued on and off since 1793. In response to Napoleon’s trade blockade of European ports under French control, Britain closed the same ports to American vessels unless licensed ...more



Message from Minister Trevor Holder

Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture Hon. Trevor Holder

The War of 1812 marked an important moment in New Brunswick’s history; it brought together English and French-speaking militias, Aboriginal Canadians and the British military as one entity, acting as one of the catalysts for the formation of our country in the face of American threat.

The province of New Brunswick played a significant role in this formation. The unforgettable march of the 104th Regiment from Fredericton to Kingston, Ontario is just one story, among others, that we will continue to share.

Throughout 2012 and 2013, we will hold commemorative events that enable us to highlight New Brunswick’s contribution and demonstrate pride in our heritage. These events will be organized by many provincial associations, historic and heritage sites and museums. I encourage you to check the calendar that is part of this web page for updates to this list of province-wide events.

Over the coming months, we look forward to celebrating New Brunswick’s contribution to the War of 1812. I encourage New Brunswickers and visitors to our province to participate in this celebration of our history.

Hon. Trevor A. Holder, Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture


Brian Macdonald - March to honour NB 104th Regiment

Brian Macdonald -

New Brunswick MLA, retired Canadian Forces captain and Chief Scout award recipient Brian Macdonald today began his solo march to re-trace the New Brunswick portion of the epic mid-winter trek of the 104th (New Brunswick) Regiment of Foot from the War of 1812.

“My thanks and congratulations to MLA Brian Macdonald for his dedication to our rich military history. With this march and his distinguished career in Canada’s armed forces, Brian continues to shine,” said Premier David Alward. “His continuing support and encouragement of our young people by raising funds for the Scouting movement is commendable. I wish Brian good luck and good weather for his journey. I, along with his colleagues and all New Brunswickers will be following his march.”...more