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August's Must-Stay Parks:
Niagara Parks Heritage Sites

The Niagara Parks Commission encompasses a unique landscape that is rich in historical and natural significance. Over 100 monuments and plaques that identify the landmarks, events and persons important to the history of the region and to the birth of our country are placed along the scenic Niagara Parkway.

Step back in time to experience “Canada in the making” at our fascinating and interactive historic sites. From Old Fort Erie to the Laura Secord Homestead, entertaining and informative interpreters in period costumes re-create the lives and times of the War of 1812.

2012: Bicentennial of the War of 1812
Celebrating 200 Years of Peace

2012 marks the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, which will be commemorated between June 2012 and December 2014. To honour this important milestone, The Niagara Parks Commission is planning many special heritage events and battle reenactments.

The Niagara Heritage Trail Pass

Use your Niagara Heritage Trail Pass to save over 40% off regular prices! For just $20.12 (Adult & Child rate, plus taxes) visitors can explore all four Niagara Heritage Trail attractions: Old Fort Erie, Laura Secord Homestead, McFarland House and the Mackenzie Printery. Included with the Pass are valuable coupons for discounts at other attractions, such as the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, Sir Adam Beck Power Tours and Parks Canada’s Fort George. The Pass will be on sale from May to September 2012.

Old Fort Erie
The key site of the Niagara Heritage Trail is Old Fort Erie. Step back into a time of red coats, black powder and gray fortress walls. The sights, sounds and smells of a British Garrison come alive within the walls of this War of 1812 Fort.

Enter the Fort and travel back in time to 1812 through 1814, when the peaceful countryside along the Niagara River was a battlefield. In the early months of 1812, Fort Erie was a trading post and a strategic stronghold, home to British soldiers, Canadian militiamen, Native warriors and their families.

Old Fort Erie features a new Welcome Centre with interactive and entertaining displays and a theatre. Located on the grounds of the bloodiest battlefield in Canada, history will come alive at this new interpretive centre, revealing the fascinating stories that made our country what it is today.

Laura Secord Homestead
During the war of 1812, a brave woman set out on a perilous journey in the service of her country, and stepped forever into the history and folklore of Niagara. Travel back in time to the lovingly restored homestead of Canada’s favourite heroine, and be enchanted with her adventures and surroundings as interpreted by authentically costumed guides.

Located in historic Queenston, the homestead is home to a new interpretive centre and a “village” atmosphere that includes Queenston Chapel, an 1860s Methodist church that was relocated here from a short distance north on the Niagara Parkway. Laura’s heroic walk to warn of impending battle is just one of the many “Women of War” stories you will learn about here. Gifts and ice cream are available in the Visitor Centre, which was built on the spot thought to be the location of the original summer kitchen.

McFarland House
Experience a taste of 1840’s Georgian style and pace. Explore the period herb garden and enjoy afternoon tea featuring home-baked scones, light meals and refreshments including a great selection of Niagara wines in the glass-enclosed tea room.

The oldest of Niagara Parks’ properties, McFarland house is located just south of the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. This historic house was the home of John McFarland and his descendants for 150 years. Both British and Americans used the McFarland House as a hospital during the War of 1812, and a British gun emplacement located on the property protected the river. Guided tours conducted by interpreters in period costume are available during the summer months.

Mackenzie Printery
Explore the history of the original text message! In this restored home of rebel publisher William Lyon Mackenzie, 500 years of printing technology is featured in the authentic ambiance of a period print shop. A hands-on experience is encouraged with a working linotype and eight operating heritage presses.

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