The city of Niagara Falls and the area surrounding it have witnessed several historical events down the years. At various places, you can see plaques that are dedicated to these events and people. Some are about battles and brave soldiers, others about Niagara’s natural beauty and yet others are about people who have contributed immensely to the Niagara region. Let’s take a look at some of these plaques.
Top Niagara Falls Historical Plaques
Sir Harry Oakes Bart, Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls
Sir Harry Oakes Bart donated the land at the foot of Clifton Hill to the Niagara Parks Commission. He was instrumental in the construction of the Oakes Garden Theatre here that opened in 1937. The theatre is the gateway to the Queen Victoria Park and the tablet commemorates the public spirit and generosity of Sir Harry Oakes.
Father Louis Hennepin plaque, Queen Victoria Park
An explorer, Father Louis Hennepin travelled to many European countries and North America. His book Description de la Louisiane published in 1683 has the first recorded description of the Niagara Falls.
Sakura Cherry Trees, Near the Zimmerman Fountain
Niagara Falls has a wide variety of plants and trees that enhance the beauty of the place. Near The Zimmerman Fountain, you will find stunning Sakura cherry blossoms and a plaque commemorating the trees presented by the Sakura Committee, Japan to the Niagara Parks Commission in 2001. It celebrates the goodwill between the two countries.
Table Rock (plaque at the entrance to the Table Rock Welcome Centre)
No trip to Niagara Falls is complete without a visit to the Table Rock Welcome Centre. It is one of the best places to view the Horseshoe Falls. A plaque here states the importance of this place that has been preserved and enhanced so that millions of visitors can view it.
Fort George, Niagara-on-the-Lake
The site of several battles during the War of 1812, Fort George was captured by the Americans in 1813 and recaptured by the British in the same year. It was almost completely destroyed during this time. Only a small portion of the original fort remains, the rest was reconstructed between 1937 and 1940. The plaque commemorates the events at this historic fort.
Laura Ingersoll Secord plaque at her homestead, Queenston
A heroine of the War of 1812, brave Laura Secord walked around 32 kms in difficult circumstances to warn the local British commander, Lieutenant James FitzGibbon of a possible attack by American troops. A plaque commemorates the bravery of Laura Secord and her contribution during the war.
Roy Terrace Garden, Queenston Heights Park
A plaque here commemorates the Roy Terrace, birthplace of the Niagara Falls. Eldridge Terrace located at the same height on the US side is also known for the same. During those days, the water from Lake Erie only fell about 35 feet over the Escarpment. Erosion over the years formed the Niagara Gorge and river with the falls receding to their current location.
Brock’s Monument – Queenston Heights Battlefield
A national historic site, the plaque at Brock’s Monument honours the life of Major-General Isaac Brock, the brave officer who commanded the British forces in Upper Canada during the War of 1812 and laid down his life in the process.
Historic Plaques near our Niagara Falls Hotel
Many of these historic plaques are within close walking distance to our hotel. Stay at the Closest Hotel to Niagara Falls, the Marriott on the Falls. View our: Niagara Falls Hotel Packages