I'm with Thunder Guard, the realm in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Nice to hear that another Canadian Realm is getting started. The sport is still fairly new to Canada and it's great to see it growing so quickly.
Belegarth is really much more of a combat sport than a LARP. At most large-scale events, there is no roleplaying. On the other hand, the rules are intentionally left a bit flexible in the Book Of War, so there's no reason why you couldn't incorporate more roleplay elements into your local events or practices if it interests you. In any case, good luck with whatever route you take!
As for weapons, the primary commercial supplier of Belegarth weapons is Edhellen/Forged Foam (http://www.edhellen.com
). If you look in their "Full Contact Weapons" portion, most of their one-handed weapons as well as their shields are Belegarth legal. Most of their two handers are as well, but a few of their weapons don't meet the Book of War restrictions (Specifically, their quarterstaffs do not meet restrictions, and their spears and glaives may not)
Many people choose to build their own weapons. This is more cost-effective than buying commercial weapons, but the result is a weapon that won't always be as durable and you need to be careful that you're meeting all the safety restrictions in the Book of War.
Anyway, good luck!
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