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Queenston Heights Park
The peaceful Queenston Heights Park is located high atop the Niagara Escarpment, greeting visitors with exquisite gardens and vegetation. This park, filled with rich history, is a sanctuary for outdoor lovers and nature enthusiasts. It has been and it continues to be used by hikers, those with a passion for gardens and nature, as well as picnickers, runners and walkers.
This park was the site of the famous Battle of Queenston Heights in October of 1812, when Sir Isaac Brock fell while planning a charge on the American Forces. Commemorating the roles of both Laura Secord and Sir Isaac Brock in the War of 1812 are two memorials in this landscaped park on the Niagara Escarpment.
The Park has spectacular views of the lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and, on a clear day, the Toronto skyline in the distance. Parks Canada oversees the operation of Brock's Monument and also has a walking tour of the historic sites associated with this important battleground.
This point of interest is linked to The Battlefields of The War of 1812 Tour.
Queenston Heights Park/Brocks Monument
Open early May - September 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Many of the services at Queenston Heights Park are seasonal
For more information on rates and programs contact The Friends of Fort George:
Take Queen Elizabeth Way (Niagara) over the Garden City Skyway in St. Catharines
Left at King's Highway 405
Take the Stanley Avenue exit toward County Road-102/Niagara Falls
Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Niagara Parkway
Continue onto Portage Road
At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Niagara Parkway and follow signs for Queenston Heights Park
From Niagara Falls
Head north on Victoria Avenue toward Valley Way
Turn left at Niagara Parkway
At the roundabout, take the second exit into Queenston Height Park
Head north on Stanely Avenue toward McRae Street
Turn right to stay on Stanley Avenue
Continue onto Portage Road
At the roundabout, take the second exit onto the Niagara Parkway
This beautifully maintained park was the site of one of the bloodiest battles in the War of 1812, the Battle of Queenston Heights, which took place on October 13, 1812 .The American invasion forces were defeated which demonstrated the determination of the British in defending North America.
Although this was a decisive victory for the British, it had been won at great cost, Major-General Sir Isaac Brock's death. It was during this battle that Major-General Sir Isaac Brock fell; he was spotted by an American sharpshooter and shot in the chest.
Queenston Heights Park is also a terminus point of the Bruce Trail, which winds it way northward over several hundred kilometers to Tobermory. This trail passes through the Niagara Escarpment, which has been recognized as a world biosphere by U.N.E.S.C.O.
A band shell is available for performances and covered Pavilions can accommodate 800 people and many more with tenting for all types of events. Pavilion group catering is also offered through Queenston Heights Restaurant.
Walking tours of the Battle of Queenston Heights for the public are offered by pre-booking at 905-468-6621
Walking tours of the Battle of Queenston Heights (for school groups only) guided school tours must be pre-booked and are offered May, June, September and October. Call 905-468-6621 for bookings.
Picnic Pavilion Bookings & Permits
This webpage was prepared by Cavelle Schmid and Kristin Atkinson in December 2009. Trip narration by Cavelle Schmid, photos by Cavelle Schmid and Kristin Atkinson. Thanks to the staff at Brock University for their help in the creation of this page.