History & Heritage

With a riveting history and rich heritage, the Niagara Region abounds in:
  • Monuments
  • Museums
  • Former Battlefields
  • Forts
  • Heritage Structures
 
The War of 1812, crucial to the history of the Region, has its own legacy. Many of these places will take you back in time when the region’s history was being formed.

Forts & Battlefields

  • Fort Erie was the site of a bloody battle during the War of 1812.You can watch the military re-enactment of the battle at Fort Erie in August every year.
  • The scenic Chippawa Battlefield Park in Niagara Falls is the site of one of the longest battles during the war.
  • In Niagara Falls is the Lundy’s Lane Battlefield, the location of the war’s bloodiest battle.

Monuments & Heritage

Niagara-on-the-Lake has several historic monuments and heritage structures. Visit Brock’s Monument at Queenston, built in honour of one of Canada’s major war heroes. Go to the McFarland House, a Georgian structure constructed in 1800 that once served an important purpose during the war. Other heritage places here include the Native Canadian Art Gallery with original works by Inuit artists, Niagara Apothecary–a pharmacy from the 1860s, and the Mackenzie Printery & Newspaper Museum with 500 years of printing history.
 

Museums

If museums are of interest to you, head to:
Bertie Hall, an original Underground Railroad safe house, in Fort Erie, is another important landmark. It was a safe house where people rested on their route to freedom from slavery.
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