Niagara on the Lake has a rich history with a significant number of historic sites, buildings, and monuments. Together, they form "Niagara National Historic Sites" and help tell the story of 250 years of Canadian history, from the early Loyalist days, to the War of 1812, the 1837 Rebellion, as well as the story of Camp Niagara during the Boer War, First World War, Second World War, and Korean War. As military reserve properties, all of our sites (except Navy Island) were used to train soldiers during the First World War and the Second World War for overseas service.

Fort George National Historic Site
Fort George National Historic Site

Fort George National Historic Site is a glimpse into one of the most important chapters of Canadian history, the War of 1812.

Battlefield of Fort George National Historic Site
Battlefield of Fort George National Historic Site

The Battlefield of Fort George National Historic Site was the site of one of the fiercest and most important battles of the War of 1812.

Navy Hall
Navy Hall

Navy Hall was a storehouse and wharf establishment started by the British at Fort Niagara in 1765, later serving as a residence for the first Lieutenant-governor of the Province.

Fort Mississauga National Historic Site
Fort Mississauga National Historic Site

Fort Mississauga is located at a strategic position at the mouth of the Niagara River, opposite Fort Niagara, to protect the British/Canadian side of the Niagara frontier.

Mississauga Point Lighthouse plaque
Mississauga Point Lighthouse

This was the first lighthouse on the Great Lakes in 1804, though it was ultimately destroyed during the US occupation of Niagara and the location is now home to Fort Mississauga.

Navy Island National Historic Site
Navy Island National Historic Site

Navy Island is where the first British-decked vessels to sail the upper Great Lakes were built. In 1838 William Lyon Mackenzie occupied the Island as a staging point for an intended invasion of Canada.

Butler’s Barracks National Historic Site
Butler’s Barracks National Historic Site

Butler's Barracks is a historic military complex of four wooden buildings located at the edge of the Commons, just west of Fort George National Historic Site, where it was out of range of the American guns at Fort Niagara.

Queenston Heights National Historic Site
Queenston Heights National Historic Site

This national historic site marks the battlefield where a small force of British defenders fought off an invasion by a much larger American Army in the first battle for the Niagara frontier in 1812, and is the final resting place of Major General Isaac Brock and his aide-de-camp John Macdonell.