If you're a history buff, you'll love exploring Niagara Falls. While the geographical wonder is more than 10,000 years old, the region’s native settlements can be traced back to the 13th century. The history in Niagara Falls runs deep with the opportunity to experience some of the most historic sites in Canada.
Learn more about the War of 1812 while discovering the sites and stories from home and create your plan of attack to experience Niagara Falls' storied past during your next visit.
1. Fort George Historic Site
As a military post that defended Upper Canada against American attacks, Fort George lives on through passionate costumed staff filling the air with music, smells of the kitchen, and the power of musketry and artillery during exciting presentations that bring the drama of the war to life!
2. The Siege of Fort Erie
Old Fort Erie was the first fort built in Ontario by the British - in 1764 during Pontiac's Rebellion - and Canada's bloodiest field of battle with over 3000 troops killed and wounded during the Siege of Fort Erie August 3 to September 21, 1814. Learn more about Old Fort Erie and the Siege of Fort Erie to prepare yourself for the time of red coats, black powder and gray fortress walls.
3. Laura Secord Homestead
The Laura Secord Homestead continues to enchant visitors as guides retell stories that made Laura Secord a crucial icon in Canadian history. In 2003, the Minister of Canadian Heritage designated Laura Secord a Person of National Historic Significance for her heroic actions during the War of 1812.
4. The McFarland House
Niagara Parks' oldest property grounds, built in 1800 by John McFarland and his sons, took on many roles during the early 19th century. The McFarland House is of particular historical significance as it survived the burning of Newark, a tragedy that took place when the American forces occupying Fort George retreated from the area in December 1813.
5. Mackenzie Printery & Newspaper Museum
The restored home of publisher William Lyon Mackenzie reveals 500 years of printing technology. Rarest in the museum's collection is the Louis Roy Press, the oldest in Canada and one of the few original wooden presses remaining in the world!
6. Biking Through History
Plan your bike route and make it a day of exploration through Parks Canada's national historic sites in the Niagara Region, including Brock's Monument and Fort George. Bring your own or rent a bike or e-bike locally in advance or when you arrive.