Archive for May, 2015

Niagara_On_The_Lake_cenotaphNiagara on the Lake was taken by American forces after a two day bombardment by cannons from Fort Niagara and the American Fleet, followed by a fierce battle. Fort George National Historic Site is a focal point in a collection of War of 1812 sites which, collectively, are managed by Parks Canada under the name Niagara National Historic Sites. That administrative name includes several national historic sites: Fort Mississauga, Mississauga Point Lighthouse , Navy Hall, Butlers Barracks, and Queenston Heights.

Its stock of Regency and Classical Revival buildings, considered the best in the country from the post-war of 1812 period, led the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada to recommend that the towns historic district be designated a National Historic Site of Canada, a designation which was approved in 2003.

The town contains other National Historic Sites of Canada within its boundaries: the Battlefield of Fort George and nearby Fort George, Butlers Barracks, Fort Drummond, Fort Mississauga, the site of the Mississauga Point Lighthouse, the Niagara Apothecary , the Niagara District Court House, Queenston Heights, Queenston-Chippawa Hydro-electric Plant, Willowbank and Vroomans Battery.

fall18During the winter months, the site’s proximity to the mists from Niagara Falls causes the shelf and surrounding areas to be covered by a thin sheath of ice, which has been captured by many photographers.

The most notable rockfall occurred in July 1850, when roughly one-third of the point collapsed into the Niagara Gorge.

In 1818, the first part of the rock collapsed, followed by minor rockfalls in 1828 and 1829.

Table Rock is a popular stop for tourists.

Revealed in the mid-18th century as the Horseshoe Falls receded, Table Rock was the first major vantage point for tourists of the early and mid-19th century.

The Table Rock Welcome Centre is located on Niagara Parkway and is linked to the higher Fallsview Tourist Area by the Falls Incline Railway.

A driver was washing his carriage on the point when the rock structure gave way.

For safety purposes (with the Ontario Powerhouse directly in the gorge below), the remaining rock was blasted in 1935.

As part of Niagara Airbus Niagara Falls Tours, Table Rock, is a historic site that visitors enjoy for many reasons.