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Queenston, Ontario

Queenston
Town
Coordinates:
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Regional municipality Niagara
Town Niagara-on-the-Lake
Settled 1770s
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Forward sortation area L0S
Area code(s) 905 and 289
NTS Map 030M03
GNBC Code FCJBN
A c. 1805 watercolour by army surgeon Edward Walsh

Queenston is a town located 5 km north of Niagara Falls, Ontario in the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. It is bordered by Highway 405 and the Niagara River; its location on the Niagara Escarpment led to the establishment of the now-defunct Queenston Quarry in the area.[1] Across the river and the American border is the village of Lewiston, New York. The two communities, and countries, are linked by the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge.

Queenston was first settled in the 1770s by United Empire Loyalist refugees and immigrants from the United States. During the War of 1812, British, Mohawk and Canadian colonial troops repelled an American invasion force here in the Battle of Queenston Heights. British Major-General Sir Isaac Brock was killed in the battle; the victory and his death are commemorated by an impressive stone monument located atop the Niagara Escarpment and surmounted by a large stone statue of Brock overlooking the village below. Also nearby is a smaller monument to Brock's gray horse, Alfred. It was also the home of Laura Secord, a Canadian heroine of the 1812 war.

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In the early 19th century, the community's name was spelled as Queenstown.[3]

Queenston marks the southern terminus of the Bruce Trail. The cairn marking the terminus of the trail is in a parking lot, about 160 metres (520 ft) from General Brock's Monument on the easterly side of the monument's park grounds.

Contents

  • See also 1
  • References 2
  • External links 3
  • External links 4

See also

  • Joint Support Ship Project will be named Queenston-Class and one ship as HMCS Queenston to commemorate the site of the battle at Queenston.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Queenston limestone quarry tapped out" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  2. ^ Niagara Escarpment Commission: Niagara Region
  3. ^ Niagara Heritage Trail, Mackenzie History at Niagara Parks
  4. ^ http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2013/10/25/joint-support-ships-to-be-named-hmcs-queenston-and-hmcs-chateauguay/

External links

  • Location of Queenston with photos and links to web sites related to the area
  • Images of Queenston Niagara Falls Public Library (Ont.)
  • Images of Queenston Dock Niagara Falls Public Library (Ont.)
  • Images of Queenston Heights Niagara Falls Public Library (Ont.)

External links

  • Queenston at Geographical Names of Canada

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