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Fort George, Niagara-on-the-Lake

A Rich & Distinguished Historical Past


Niagara has a rich and distinguished historical past with something to pique everyone’s interest. Hidden just below the surface of daily life is a richly layered history complete with battle scenes, heroic acts and a myriad of details about how people once lived and why. Once the Capital of Upper Canada, the area overflows with historic sites and homesteads that are evidence of life-changing historical events.

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In Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls Historical Museum will enthrall, and don't forget the Battle Ground Hotel Museum and the Willoughby Historical Museum. Further along the river are the Fort Erie Museums and Old Fort Erie. Shipping buffs will love the fascinating story of the Port Colborne Historical & Marine Museum. Coming back into the peninsula, you can visit the Welland Historical Museum, and from there, find your way to the Niagara-on-the-Lake and Queenston area where Canada's story continues to unfold amid glorious scenery. The Weir collection at RiverBrink houses historic Canadian and international artworks and you can also visit the heritage sites operated by the Niagara Parks Commission: the Mackenzie Heritage Printery, Laura Secord Homestead, and McFarland House. Don't forget Fort George, Niagara Apothecary and Niagara Historical Society & Museum. St. Catharines offers magnificent viewing of ships passing through the Welland Canals, as well as a taste of the past at St. Catharines Museum. Sports buffs will enjoy Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame & Museum, housed in the same facility. Further west in Niagara, be sure to visit the stunning natural site of Balls Falls Conservation Area. Close by, Pennsylvania German Mennonite culture is represented at the Town of Lincoln's Jordan Historical Museum, and further west still is the Grimsby Museum. Each museum represents a completely different chapter of Niagara's history, as varied and absorbing as only Niagara can be. Come visit our museums, and experience Niagara's rich heritage.

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Ball's Falls Centre for Conservation

Lincoln, ON, Sixth Avenue

Laura Secord Homestead

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, 29 Queenston Street
1-877-642-7275 ext. 2

Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3

St. Catharines, ON, 1932 Welland Canals Parkway

St. Catharines Museum at Lock 3

St. Catharines, ON, 1932 Welland Canals Parkway

Fort Erie Railway Museum

, Central Ave., Fort Erie
905-894-5322 400
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