A major part of the history of Niagara Falls is the town of Niagara on the Lake. It was the first Capital of Upper Canada way back in the 1700’s and the first provincial parliament was convened at the Navy Hall in 1792 by then Lieutenant-Govenor John Graves Simcoe.
The picture above shows one of the horse and buggy rides available to take you through the old town (which doesn’t look that old these days) so take in some of the history. Although this picture was taken in 2011/12, I was there on July 2nd 2017 and the same driver tour guide was standing by for the tourists. So I decided to use the older picture because nothing was any different today.
In the 1880’s, the Town was renamed as Niagara-on-the-Lake to avoid confusion with Niagara Falls, and then there’s the War of 1812 between Canada and the U.S. It was really a carry over of the U.S. and British fight. The American militia tried, unsuccessfully, to defeat the British in Niagara Canada, and one of the consequences was the burning of Niagara on the Lake on three occasions.
However, in 1814, the British attacked Washington in retaliation for the recent American destruction of Port Dover in Upper Canada. It marks the only time in U.S. history that Washington, D.C. has been occupied by a foreign force. President James Madison, military officials, and his government fled the city. During the 26-hour occupation of Washington, the British burned the White House, and left during and after a storm that actually put out some of the fires burning in Washinton, D.C. Soon after the “storm that saved Washington”, as it was called, the Americans regained control of the city.
All that over a village of a few hundred people. As the old song goes, War, What’s It Good For.
Now here’s a unique look at Niagara Falls taken at night, with the powerful lights shining on the Falls. The American Falls pink and blue in the foreground, and the Canadian Falls white in the distance. To close out this chapter in our tour of Niagara, it’s the Skywheel on Clifton Hill directly above the Falls.
A great ride with a wonderful view. These are enclosed gondolas. Enjoy.