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Step back into Niagara’s rich history

Step Back In Time with Niagara Parks Heritage. Niagara begins here. Learn more about Indigenous history, the blazing battles of the War of 1812, our role as a last stop on the Underground Railroad, and so much more at each of our heritage sites on the Niagara Parkway.

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Old Fort Erie

Travel to the edge of the Niagara River in Fort Erie to experience the sights and sounds of a fort under siege at this War of 1812 National Historic Site.

Mackenzie Printery

The restored home of rebel publisher William Lyon Mackenzie reveals 500 years of printing technology, amid the authentic ambience of a period print shop.

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Plaques & Markers

Over 100 monuments and plaques that identify the landmarks, events and persons important to the history of the region are placed along the Niagara Parkway.

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Battle of Chippawa

Niagara Parks acquired the site of the Battle of Chippawa in 1995 and has preserved 300 acres of this pristine battlefield, the last remaining site from the War of 1812.

Iron Scow

On August 6, 1918, a dumping scow broke loose from its towing tug about 1.6 km upriver with two men aboard. A unique artifact of Niagara Falls history, the wreckage remains lodged in the upper Niagara River, over 100 years later.

Laura Secord Homestead

Costumed interpreters provide guided tours of this historic home throughout the day and host several special events during the holiday season.

McFarland House

Costumed interpreters provide guided tours of this historic home throughout the season and host several special events during the holidays.

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Indigenous Connections along the Parkway

Use our map to explore the land around Niagara Parks and discover Indigenous connections along the Niagara Parkway, from Fort Erie north to the shores of Lake Ontario in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Honouring Black history along the Niagara River

Discover some of Canada’s most poignant stories of freedom and courage with Niagara Parks’ extensive collection of displays and monuments honouring Black Canadian history.

History of Old Fort Erie

Here, you can walk in the footsteps of history on the grounds of what is known as Canada’s bloodiest battlefield.

Mackenzie Printery: A look Inside

Learn about the different types of printing presses including the Louis Roy Press, the oldest printing press in Canada.