There were two rebellions in 1837, there was one in Upper Canada and in Lower Canada. Also there was one more in 1838. In Lower Canada the rebellion started on 23 November 1837. This was when a group of Patriotes defeated British troops in a minor battle. This fight broke out because the government heard that some people might be thinking of rebellion, so they started arresting some people. They were ready to fight. There were several more minor fights and the people rebelling started to take over communities and homes. Even though they all have fought by the end of the year the Patriotes were easily defeated by the British troops because of the lack of supplies. The British troops had much more weapons, and the Patriotes had never gotten military training. Once again another rebellion started in 1838, but the Patriotes and rebels were quickly defeated. There were not enough rebels to fight for them to continue it. After everything had ended 800 patriotes were jailed, and several homes od Patriote supporters were destroyed. Many of he Patriotes were released from prison, but 12 were hung and 58 were sent to prison colonies in Australia and Bermuda.
While the rebellion there was happening there was one more happening in Upper Canada during that time. William Lyon Mackenzie heard that many British soldiers were fighting in Lower Canada, and could not defend them. So, he decided that the time had come to act. At the beginning of 1837 in December, Mackenzie and his group of followers built headquarters in a place called Montgomery's Tavern, which was in north Toronto. Mackenzie hed about 700 men down in December 5th towards Toronto. Some officials from the government organized a group called a "Militia" who were not professional soldiers but acted like one in case any trouble happened. They easily defeated the rebels in just a few days because of the same reasons the rebels from Lower Canada were defeated. Mackenzie tried to keep it going from an island called Niagara River, but he couldn't . The rebellion was over in 1838. During that time 880 rebels were arrested. Most were released but 20 were hung, 92 were sent to prison colonies in Australia and 26 were never allowed to live in Canada, so they were banished.