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Fort Mississauga History in Niagara on the Lake | A Hidden Haunt

Built out of Fear for the American's Return

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In all of Fort Mississauga history, it never saw a shot fired.  Built in 1814 after the Americans left Niagara-on-the-Lake and Upper Canada.

Fort George was in ruins. The British rushed to building this Fort to discourage a second attack from the Americans. 

Soldiers remained on-duty here until 1840. Today, the fort is located at the back of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course.

Fort Mississauga Niagara on the Lake - Aerial view
Aerial view
Behind the Golf Course (from Historic Places.ca)

Restoration Update

It was never restored or opened to the public. From 1814 until 2019, not much was done.

However, in 2019 a job was started, work being done. And although it’s only listed as stabilization and repairs (see Government Site), I hope there’s some tourism being planned.

Still, much of it remains at the original 1814 form. You can visit Fort Mississauga, inside the ramparts and outside the structure. 

Just follow the path off of Simcoe or Front Street, but watch out for flying golf balls.

Little Known Ghosts

Fort Mississauga Niagara on the Lake - Main building
Niagara-on-the-Lake behind Golf Course
Main Building

Even though a battle was never waged at Fort Mississauga, the lands have energy.  Action seen around Fort Mississauga along with most of Canada’s most haunted town make ghosts.

Hearing Violence

Walk inside the walls and find the right spot. Many hear gunfire, along with the screams of men. 

Sadly the tunnel is now locked up. But when open, this was a ghostly spot.

On the opposite side of the tunnel leading to the lake.  Some have walked through, then standing sideways with ears to the water and the fort.

Fort Mississauga Niagara on the Lake - Tunnel to Lakeshore
Tunnel leading to the shoreline

Others have heard a single man yelling in pain.

No battle ever fought here. But many times used for training soldiers before major wars oversees.

One of the ways to keep a soldier in line. Punishment by whip, known as Flogging.

Flogging a Soldier (Whipping as punishment)

Or a whipping. Soldiers stationed at Fort Mississauga in Niagara-on-the-Lake were flogged for defying commands during training.

Proof Town Haunted for 150 Years

A Soldier’s Ghostly Experience at Fort Mississauga

A part of Fort Mississauga history – – In 1871, a soldier named Andrew wrote his encounter with a ghost while stationed here (slight editing for space)

“Jim and I spread our blankets on the hard oak floor and slept as sound as a top. We had to wake up at 2am. Jim was on the gate and I on the ramparts. It was pitch dark and time dragged. The only sound was the waves.

“In the long two hours, we saw a dog, then later a tall figure in a black robe.

“It figure gliding along the top of the wall swiftly. Jim saw it too. My knees shook under me. I fixed my bayonet, gave chase but it glided out of sight.

“We said nothing about it, being afraid of the ridicule.”

Inside Fort Mississauga


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