The Brock Monument - Honoring One of the Great Heros of the War of 1812
Nestled beside the Niagara River near the city of Niagara Falls is the small town of Queenston Heights.
Is was on the rivers edge of this small town on October 13th of 1812, where a bloody battle occurred between the attacking militia soldiers of the United States and the Canadian defending British and common soldiers and native warriors.
Amongst these defenders was their respected and beloved commander Maj-General Isaac Brock. General Brock was shot through the heart and killed on the battle field of Queenston Heights during the pre-dawn raid.
The Canadian soldiers, shocked and angered by the death of their leader, rallied together to win the battle, taking more than 1000 American soldiers prisoner while only losing 28 of their own, unfortunately including the death of Gen Brock.
The Battle at Queenston Heights was a defining moment in the war of 1812 and for that reason and out of respect of Major General Isaac Brock, a monument was constructed in Brock’s honor.
The Brock Monument
There have been two monument constructed at the same site. The original monument was partially destroyed by American Revolutionists in 1840 using a bomb and had to be completely rebuilt as the damage was to severe to repair.
The monument that stands today was built on the same spot as the original and was opened in 1859.
The current Brock Monument stands at 185 feet tall and contains a statue of Major General Sir Isaac Brock looking out over the land that he and his soldiers fought so hard to protect.
The monument stands as an impressive statement of how important the Battle of Queenston Heights and General Brock both were to securing Canada’s future as an independent country.
Touring the Monument
Located just minutes down river from Niagara Falls, Brock Monument is open for tours from early May to September.
There is a gift shop, soldiers in period uniforms and tours of the battlefield are available.
Hours of Operation: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
For more information contact theFriends of Fort George at 1-905-468-6621
The narrow set of stairs below and the view looking up!
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