Queenston Heights

Address: 14184 Niagara Parkway, Queenston, ON.

This historic park was built to commemorate one of the most important battles of the War of 1812, the Battle of Queenston Heights. On October 13, 1812, American troops crossed the Niagara River before sunrise to make a surprise attack on British troops in the small town of Queenston. Although they greatly outnumbered the British troops they were soon forced back down to the waters edge. Led by Captain Wool American troops soon found an alternate path up the steep heights and were able to attack the unsuspecting British regulars in the Redan battery, giving them the tactical advantage. Led by General Sir Issac Brock the British regulars accompanied by the militia and Indian troops turned back the invading Americans reclaiming the Redan Battery and emerging victorious. Brock was killed in battle while attempting to recapture the Redan battery. An impressive 210 foot monument was constructed in the park in honour of this Canadian War hero. The park offers a walking tour highlighting the historic sites of this battleground.

Equipped with a baseball diamond, tennis courts, a wading pool, a fine dining restaurant, and picnic areas, the park is a perfect place to gather with family and friends for a leisurely afternoon during the summer months. Queenston Heights Park is also the eastern terminus of the Bruce Trail, a 720 kilometre trail that winds its way through the escarpment to Tobermory. Be sure to take in the impressive views of the surrounding area, which can be seen atop the Niagara Escarpment in the park.