So many stories surround this very historic region. British Canada was born out of the violence in Niagara. This Tour is all about that rich history.
Including the Burning of Niagara on the Lake
After the defeat of the American’s in Stoney Creek. The War of 1812 is looking bleak. For none more than a former British Loyalist named Joseph. He staked his whole life on the Americans.
Failed and ruined. When hearing the Americans would abandon Niagara-on-the-Lake, Joseph snapped.
It was Joseph who suggested they burn the town. Said, “To deny the British shelter during the cold winter. It’ll slow them down.”
Then on the night of December 10th, 1813, he rode around town on his horse forcing families out of their homes.
Many ran in fear to succumb to the cold. As soldiers marched and burned. Over 400 women, children and elderly forced into the cold.
Just a taste. The interesting parts of the full history featured on Niagara’s Dark History Tour.
Visiting the Graves – Full and Empty
Includes a walk-through Ontario’s oldest cemetery at St. Marks Church. Containing so many graves filled with the bodies of town pioneers. And 2 empty ones.
We’ll talk about the tragic story of the Foam. A Toronto yacht which left Toronto bound for the Queen’s Royal Hotel in Niagara on the Lake.
Headstrong boys were too brave. They sailed into a storm off of Port Dalhousie.
They found the boat the next morning. Only 5 of the 7 boys in there cabin beds, as if peacefully sleeping.
7 graves with 5 bodies = 2 empty. The interesting parts of this story, and others including the truth of the “Chopping Block” stone… all inside this beautiful Graveyard.