We first visited Queenston Heights in search of flowers, and it is part of my Chasing Flowers that we do every spring. This critical site in Canadian history and, most importantly, Canadian identity, is a great place to see spring flowers!
Other than The Falls, Queenston Park is probably the easiest to find since there is a massive monument that can be seen in this country and across the border into the USA. This monument is in honour of probably the most respected general of his era, Issac Brock. General Brock lost his life defending British North America (now Canada) from an invading army from the United States at this location. This battle for the high ground over the town of Queenston surprised not only the Americans but also the Canadians who lived in Upper Canada. When a large and powerful country with the vast resources of the USA came knocking down the door, there was not much hope in saving the not-yet-formed nation of Canada. But with the Indian allies, General Brock forced the surrender of the American soldiers and inspired all of Canada that there was hope.
In essence, Canada won the War of 1812. Sir Issac Brock’s bravery, heroism and sacrifice would be honoured with an enormous monument that can easily be seen across the border to the United States, a constant reminder that Canadian identity was created on this spot, the battlefield of Queenston Heights.
On one of the days that we visited this park, we toured inside the Brock Monument. The 235 stairs seemed endless, spiralling tighter and tighter like a snake coiling its victim. Fears of developing claustrophobia were setting in until we reached the top. The top is a small room with windows on all sides to view the surrounding land. The USA is visible across the river.
The Brock Monument is the most prominent and most apparent aspect of Queenston Heights, but this park has more to offer. The ever-famous Canadian woman, Laura Secord, is honoured for her heroism in warning the British/Canadians of an impending American attack. Her home is visible from where the plaque stands. There is a gorgeous monument to the Indian tribes that helped in the victory of Queenston Heights, and beautiful bronze statues celebrate their contribution. There is a bandshell where modern-day events are held—a large area for people to enjoy picnics and flowers.
Each year we come here to see the spring bloom of flowers. Cherry trees, tulips, and daffodils can all be found here. They are beautifully displayed at a few locations in the park and in large flower pots. Not as impressive as the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, but the location, history, and natural setting made them all the more stunning.
I have created a Google Map that shows the locations of all the sites to see flowers. Check it out frequently because I will add more to it when I find new locations. Flowers and Trees Google Map.
This location, and so many others that have been mentioned on this website, can be found on my Featured Map.
Website: Battle of Queenston Heights