War of 1812 Niagara Bicentennial

This year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Niagara region has lots planned to celebrate the 200 years of peace that arose after the war. On Friday June 15th at Fort George there will be a opening celebration with military bands, musket and cannon demos and of course food and wine! Saturday marks the eve of the declaration of war with a Military Ball put on by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Historical Society and Museum. A delicious period dinner and celebration – period dress is not necessary but encouraged! Or you can go black tie if you don’t have a costume lying around. Make sure to check out the official Bicentennial Website and the Niagara-on-the-Lake website to find out about the different events that will be happening throughout the summer.

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at the McFarland House

Everyone knows that mothers deserve a special day for all the hard work that they do for their children and finding some just as special to do with them on Mother’s Day can be difficult. This year the McFarland House is hosting a special Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea on Sunday May 13th, however after reading the menu it sounds more like a feast. Serving everything from prime rib to parmesan crusted salmon and finishing the meal off with various kinds of cheese cake. Not to mention there will be complimentary mimosas at 1:00 (my kind of tea party). This sounds like a wonderful event to take in the traditional beauty of the McFarland House, enjoy a delicious meal and most of all enjoy the company of your mom. Tickets for the event are $28.50 and can be purchased over the phone (304-263-1890) or online.
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Lt. Governor’s New Year’s Levee – Fort George

As the first event of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, this is the perfect way to bring in the New Year, the Lt. Governor’s New Year’s Levee. This event will be taking place at the historic site of Fort George and visitors will have the chance to tour the buildings and all the fort has to offer. There will be both military and music demonstrations, as well as Fort George’s knowledgeable staff eager to teach you about the history of Fort George and its role in the War of 1812. The Honurable David C. Onley, the Lt. Governor will be there to toast to the New Year, along with 1812 committees and politicians from both sides of the border. The event will take place from 1 pm – 4pm with the exciting cannon salute at 3pm! You don’t want to miss that! Here’s to the New Year!

This year, the Niagara region will be filled with a variety of bicentennial events. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @PostcardNiagara and Facebook to know when the next event will be and what you can expect!

Laura Secord Homestead Tour

If Niagara history is what you’re into, then a visit to the Laura Secord Homestead is right up your alley. Amber and I had the pleasure of getting a tour by an old high school friend of mine and he was awesome! All the staff is so knowledgeable about the house and the artifacts within it. We were very impressed.

We learned that women use to die from cooking because of their large skirts catching fire, that Laura Secord wasn’t recognized for her efforts until the age of 83 and that she nursed her husband, James, back to health after the war without a doctor, along with many other fun facts!

I think that this was one of the better run historical locations that we have visited and felt like I really learned a lot in the 20 minute tour for only $9.50. Visit the home yourself to learn about the first heroin of Canada and the war of 1812!

Lundy’s Lane Battlefield Cemetery

History is told, felt, and re-lived around the world, but not everyone can say that history occured in their own backyard; Niagara Falls can. Niagara Falls is filled with famous heroes and heroines that fought for many of the things that we take for granted. And what a better place to pay our respects then to walk through the Lundy’s Lane Battlefield Cemetery.

Hayley and I spent a good hour walking around and taking pictures within the cemetery itself. It bothered us not being able to read some of the stones, but erosion had worn them down. We knew that at one point in time those stones carried the names of many heroes throughout the region and around the world that took part in one of the bloodiest wars in Canadian history.

Having the love of history that I do I could have stayed longer, but the day was coming to an end. I am very lucky to have taken this walk through history, even if it was just for a short while. After all, you can’t know who you are until you know where you’ve been. So, if your looking for things to do in Niagara Falls, this is one of the historical landmarks you should check out!

A Family Day in Niagara Falls- Queenston Heights

If you’re looking for the perfect place to spend the day; picnicking, biking, playing tennis and hanging out with the family in Niagara, then Google no more. Amber and I have found it, Queenston Heights! Although the main attraction to Queenston Heights is often the historical significance in Niagara, we felt that this was really just an added bonus to everything else there is to enjoy.

Amber and I started our day taking a walk around the parks paths and making a stop at the Brock Monument. You can freely enter the monument to read up on how Sir Isaac Brock helped Canada gain control of the Niagara River, or pay $3 and climb the tower all the way to the top (it’s a long way up: 185ft). All along the paths there are different plaques describing various parts of the battle.

When you go… pack a lunch, a tennis racket and a Frisbee! There is a children’s splash pad, swings and a playground, currently being renovated, that the kids can play on (Amber and I really enjoyed the swings while we were there). We also saw an adorable family all on bikes getting ready to ride the paths! If only we had brought our bikes.

Don’t be thrown by the historical aspect of Queenston Heights, enjoying a day outside with friends and family is what it’s all about!

Things to do in Niagara- Fort George

IMG_8671The Niagara region is rich with history, from Fort Erie to Niagara-on-the-Lake, and there are many historic sites, churches, military forts, and architecture dedicated to exploring it. Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort Erie were both sites of significant battles during the War of 1812. That’s exactly why Amber and I decided to start our adventures visiting Fort George.
As a Niagara Falls local, I remember visiting Fort George in elementary school so I was excited to go back. I had forgotten how nice of a drive going out to Niagara-on-the-Lake was. The roads are quite and beautifully lined with forest and glimpses of the Niagara River below.
When we arrived about 30 minutes later, we parked for free (later discovered it is $5.90/car, I guess we lucked out that we didn’t get towed). We walked past a school group and were pretty tempted to join in on their tour, but we didn’t. The fort area is rather large inside with 8 beautifully restored buildings. You are able to walk around the fort and check out the different informational stations at your own pace, with costumed staff around to give more insight. Amber took the time to read more of the fun facts than I did; she’s a little more into history than I am.
My favourite part was when a group of soldiers walked by. If you ask Amber she’ll tell you that it actually scared me a little bit- I was just pretending. I ended up getting a picture with a handsome soldier, didn’t catch his name. Although we didn’t get the chance to see them, there are also regular military and military music demonstrations that would definitely be exciting.
It’s in a great location to check out many of the fruit stands along the way, the Laura Secord Homestead or one of the many wineries. Stay tuned for these adventures in the future!