The Royal Ontario Museum is one of the worlds leading natural history and world cultures, museums. They offer a wide variety of exhibitions that change frequently throughout the year in order to give you the best experience possible. Currently on display they have exhibitions including: Viva Mexico! (clothing and culture), New Dino Discovered (yes thats right, a new dinosaur has been discovered!!), Dawn of Life Preview, Toronto Underfoot, The Bat Cave, and more! They also feature a slew of exhibitions in their gallery, where you can find statues and sculptures from all around the world, and even paintings and artifacts from places including, Egypt, China, Greece, and Nubia!
For more information regarding visits and exhibits, visit: www.rom.on.ca
If you’re a Canadian native you may already know of the brave journey go Laura Secord, but many of us are unaware of the courageous path she traveled. . .
During the War of 1812, Laura Secord traveled a 32 kilometre journey in order to warn the British of a planned American attack. Her home was invaded by American soldiers and was no longer her after 1835.
The home is located at Queenston Heights Park and is just a walk away from the Niagara River Recreation Trail. Stopping by to take a guided tour of this historical home would put the perfect touches to any old walk on the Trail.
For more information visit: http://www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-attractions/laura-secord-homestead.html
Built in 1800, the McFarland House is Niagara Parks’ oldest property! The picture perfect home stands as a monument to etiquette, good manners, and a luscious lifestyle. You may take guided tours of the lovely home and may also enjoy a picnic under their covered pavilion when you’re finished.
The home has been renovated slightly in order to improve your visit their, but still remains true to its historical value. After Labour Day, you may visit their Conservatory Tea Room (weekends only), and enjoy a fine dining experience that your entire family will love.
To find out more information about this historic house, visit: http://www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-attractions/mcfarland-house.html
Fort Mississauga is a military constructed fortress that was built after the War of 1812. It served as a counterpoise to Fort Niagara on the American side. It is now the only remaining example, in Canada, of this type of military structor (which is a square tower with star shaped earthwork). The building overlooks the Niagara River and is surrounded by a surreal green grass golfing field. Perfect for history buffs or just for packing a picnic near an architectural masterpiece!
For more information visit: http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/on/fortgeorge/natcul/natcul2a.aspx
Navy Hall is a collection of several buildings, that were once British Naval barracks. The Navy Hall was destroyed by American forces during the War of 1812 but was rebuilt after the war and some of the original buildings still remain today. The buildings are not open to the public but are available to be rented out for special events, such as weddings. The Navy Hall is located on the Niagara River and can seat up to 80 people for dinner.
The Niagara Historical Society Museum was established in 1895 as a tribute to Niagara on the Lake. The society itself has published over 50 books while the museum houses one of Ontario’s most important local history collections! The museum was originally located in the Courthouse but moved to the Historical Society in 1907. History buffs will love the fascinating stories behind Niagara on the Lake! The museum also runs a variety of special events throughout the year, including: The Great War Lecture Series, The Past is Present: A Heritage Festival, and Pack up Your Troubles.
For more information about these events visit:http://niagarahistorical.museum/events/index.html
A legendary site for Canada and a historic pride for NOTL, Fort George is a must-see during your visit! During the War of 1812, the fort served as headquarters for the Centre Division of the British Army. In the course of the fight for control of Canada between The United States and Great Britain, much of Niagara-On-The-Lake was burned down as Britain attempted to reclaim territory from the U.S. forces. The Fort was one of the few structures that survived the conflict. You’ll sense the history in the atmosphere, and trod the footpaths of war legends such as Major General Sir Isaac Brock, who died in the battle of Queenston Heights. On your tour you can see the Brock’s Monument National Historic Site. And if you’re interests lie in hauntings, you can embark on the Fort George Ghost Tours, the longest-running ghost walk in the Niagara Region! Join a group of other candle-wielding adventurers on a nightly stroll around the most haunted site in town, and learn about the dark history and haunting of Fort George.
Setting aside all the fun and games to be enjoyed, Niagara Falls is truly a place of history and has many historical sightings to be visited as well. At Niagara Falls you will find, Brocks monument, Fort George, the Niagara Falls History Museum, Old Fort Erie, the McFarland House, the Niagara Military Museum, Willowbank, the RiverBrink Art Museum, Chippawa Battlefield Park, and the Laura Secord Homestead. Literature buffs will love to visit the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum and is displays 500 years of printing technology. The museum displays rare pieces including the Louis Roy Press, one of the original wooden presses still remaining in the world! Find out more about the Mackenzie Printery here: http://www.mackenzieprintery.org