The Brock Monument

Monument to Canada's Victory over the U.S.

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Queenston, Ontario

Have you ever wondered why the United States has to share Niagara Falls with its northern neighbor? It's because of its failure to take over Canada during the War of 1812.

Although technically this is a monument to Major General Isaac Brock, its towering bulk and garishness serves as the de facto "Nyah-nyah, you lost U.S." monument in Canada. The fact that it's visible from the American side is part of it, too.

Brock was the officer in charge of the Canadian forces when the U.S. launched the first of several invasions of Canada during the War of 1812. All of them, including this one, ended in defeat for the U.S.A. Brock died during the battle, defending the Motherland, and instantly became a hero and martyr to the Canadian cause.

Brock's bones are buried in the base of the monument, which is 185 feet tall. You can climb it to the top, where a huge statue of Brock stands, pointing sternly at the U.S.

Monument to Canada's Victory over the U.S.

Queenston Heights Park, Queenston, ON, Canada
I-190 from New York across the bridge into Canada. Once through customs, quickly turn right at the first exit (Niagara Pkwy). Drive to Niagara Pkwy, turn left, then go straight through the traffic circle to the parking lot beyond. You'll see the monument towering above Queenston Heights Park.
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