History buffs rejoice at the opportunity to visit Brock’s Monument atop Queenston Heights in Niagara. This 56-metre column is dedicated to Major General Sir Isaac Brock who is one of Canada’s most treasured heroes of the War of 1812.
Who is Sir Isaac Brock?
For those who aren’t familiar with this highly-regarded general, Brock led a charge of British regulars and Canadian militia up the Queenston Heights to regain captured land. While Brock sadly met his end during this battle, the monument celebrates his bravery and commendable leadership.
Historians campaigned to celebrate Brock and his untimely end with a significant monument, as his heroism is regarded as a turning point in this pivotal battle. The Brock Monument serves as a symbol of Canadian independence, which was hard fought for during the War of 1812.
Brock’s Monument in Niagara
The original monument, built in 1824, was irreparably damaged by an explosion on April 17, 1840. In 1852, Toronto architect, William Thomas, was commissioned to design a new monument to celebrate Sir Isaac Brock. Together, with master stone carver Charles Thomas the innovator brought to life what is now one of the Niagara region’s most-celebrated historic sites.
Unfortunately, this monument was also damaged by lightning in 1929, but in August 2003 the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada celebrated the symbolic monument and launched yet another campaign to have it repaired.
Visitors can walk up the 235-step spiral staircase to the small indoor platform beneath Brock’s statue. From here, you can look out the window to see an illuminating view of the Niagara region and Lake Ontario.
Visit for the History and Stay for the Modern Amenities
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