Queenston Heights, Ontario, is a historical site which commemorates the role of two important people who prevented Canada from being conquered by the Americans during the War of 1812. The Brock Monument itself stands 56-metre (185 ft) high atop Queenston Heights, as a tribute to Sir Isaac Brock, the General who fought and died in that war. It towers over a huge picnic area, a bandshell where bands give free concerts on Sunday afternoons in the summer time and a posh restaurant. The restaurant offers a panoramic view of the Niagara River far below.
The monument to Laura Secord stands just to the right of the restaurant. It recognizes the act of a determined woman who walked 32 km through American lines to warn the British about an American invasion.
Today Queenston Heights is carefully maintained by the Niagara Parks Commission as a picnic area with lovely gardens for Niagara residents and tourists alike. The Queenston Heights Restaurant and its scenic lookout over the Niagara River are great features which attract many tourists from far and wide. Queenston Heights also boasts a pavilion around which people can sit and listen to music from local groups played on sunny, Sunday afternoons during the summer-time.
Just down the road, there's The Floral Clock, The Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara Botanical Gardens, The Niagara Gorge, Niagara Rapids River Ride and last but not least, the roaring Niagara Falls.
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