Queenston Heights - History and Canadiana
"History with a view"
The Brock Monument, if you have the nerve to climb it, gives a spectacular view over the Niagara Region... and on a clear day, across Lake Ontario to Toronto.
The monument was built in recognition of General Brock who led the British forces in the War of 1812 against the Americans. Remember, at that time, this area was a British colony under the name of Upper Canada, not a sovereign country. If you have been to the Niagara region you will realise the close proximity of the the United States to Upper Canada - easily a cannon blast, if not a rifle shot. (Ok, so I have no idea about distances and firearms of the day, but you get the general drift.)
General Brock is most famous for leading the incredibly outnumbered troop of British regular army, Upper Canadian militia, and Shawnee Indians. The battle of Queenston can found described at the following website: http://www.generalbrock.com/level2/queenston.htm But, I digress....
Today we welcome our American neighbours to Queenston Heights with open arms! *smile*
The village of Queenston down below is, I gather not having checked it out for all the times I've gone by it, very interesting with a museum or two. Laura Secord house is there - no, not a house made of chocolate - but that of the lady made famous for leading her cow past American troops to warn the British of an American attack. (Historian Pierre Berton claims that this could not physically happen - the distance too great for her to have accomplished in the timeframe, but he wasn't there, so what does he know???? *wink* And besides, it is a great tale.) http://www.canadianencyclopedia.ca/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&ArticleId=A0006614 will take you to a website description of the village of Queenston.
Besides the Brock Monument - which I've only climbed once in my life as a 12 yr old and was absolutely terrified, but then I wasn't good with heights and confined spaces - there is lots of space for families to picnic, children to play, and also the Queenston Heights restaurant and the incredible view.
You can easily access Queenston Heights park - it is at the junction of the Niagara Parkway, as you drive south from Niagara-on-the-Lake, or up from Fort Erie and Niagara Falls, and the exit from Hwy 405. (Directions from Toronto: Take the QEW to Niagara Falls. Shortly after crossing the Garden City Skyway in St. Catharines, exit to your LEFT and take the 405 to Queenston. Take the Queenston exit and make a left turn on the Niagara Parkway. )