Yeah, Kevin, you Canadian ain't so bad. Even if you guys did "burn down the White House".
If your history books include the War of 1812 it should say that:
1) It wasn't Canadians - Canada wasn't a country until 1867 - it was the British.
2) The war was started by the US - British forces around the Empire were recalled to fight Napolean in France. When the British Army was recalled, the US attacked near Niagara, and another army attacked Montreal and burned most of it. The same army then marched down river and proceeded to attack Quebec City. Not a good choice. Quebec City is older than Montreal and most of the buildings are stone, and the streets are narrow and twisty. Each stone building became a fortress and the streets killing grounds. The US army was repulsed, as was the army at Niagara, by local militias. A year later, after the war with Napolean was won, the British Army returned and counter-attacked.
they drove the now decimated US Army back and burned the White House. The only thing that stopped the British was lack of co-operation and incompetence of the Royal Navy.
A brief history.