History buffs and scenery lovers will enjoy our tour of Niagara's most interesting historical sites.
We begin at Old Fort Erie where we will explore one of Niagara's most well known attractions for history hobbyists and educators alike.
Old Fort Erie is the place where crucial battles in the War of 1812 took place. First Nations and British troops were allies there fighting the invading American forces. Costumed actors and guides will explain the history of the battles. You will explore the barracks and buildings where the soldiers lived and slept. You will hear the tales about the deceased soldiers and residents who reportedly still walk the hallowed grounds and buildings.
Next we will travel up the scenic Niagara River Parkway to our second stop, the Chippawa Battlefield. These grounds were used as a vantage point for the British in the eventual repelling of the American invasion in the War of 1812. The Niagara Campaign of soldiers were engaged in the longest and most gruesome military operation here.
The "walking battlefield tour" will lay out the events leading up to, and the battle itself. You will be left with a new found appreciation of the 2,000 British, Canadian, and Native men who faced 3,500 American troops on July 5, 1814.
We then continue on the Niagara Parkway through Niagara Falls, (while in Niagara Falls we will visit/stop at the Lundy’s Lane Battlefield and Historic Site) to Brock's Monument at Queenston Heights where the Battle of Queenston Heights took place. This is where Major-General Sir Isaac Brock fought bravely alongside his men and made the ultimate sacrifice. The famous monument commemorates the final resting place of Major-General Sir Isaac Brock and his Aide-de-Camp John MacDonnell.
Our next stop is the Laura Secord Homestead. This is where the young girl Laura, whose bravery and quick thinking, played a pivotal role in the battle of Queenston Heights during the war of 1812. Laura resided here from the year 1803 to 1835. In October of 1812, Laura witnessed a surprise attack by invading American soldiers in Queenston. Summoning great courage, she ran from her home and walked for 32 kilometres to where British Generals were encamped to warn them of the unforeseen attack. In Laura's honour, her home has been restored to its former glory and you will see some of the original furniture that has been used to furnish the home. Chocolate named in honour of heroine Laura Secord is in the gift shop that is now part of this historic home.
Our last destination is Fort George which was the scene of several battles in the War of 1812. It is situated on the Niagara River across from Fort Niagara which is in New York State on the US side of the river.
Fort George is in the quiet, scenic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, a historical restoration village circa 1812 and the prettiest town in Canada. Visitors year round enjoy what this charming historic town has to offer. Free time will be available on all tours to walk, sip and shop this beautiful “Old Town”.
Taking this tour you will gain a new appreciation for the beautiful towns and scenery in Niagara and learn from the historic sites that were a part of the War of 1812.
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