General Brock’s birthday party comes to Niagara-on-the-Lake park

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Published October 5, 2023 at 11:31 am

Brock monument
Brock's Monument is a 56-metre column atop Queenston Heights in the Queenston area of Niagara-on-the-Lake, dedicated to Major General Sir Isaac Brock, one of Canada's heroes of the War of 1812. (Photo: Parks Canada)

The Friends of Fort George will honour the birthday of one of the biggest British heroes during the War of 1812, Major General Sir Isaac Brock, at Queenston Heights in Niagara-on-the-Lake tomorrow (Oct. 6) morning.

“This event provides us with a unique opportunity to focus on the life of Brock, and the contributions that he made as head of the civil government and military,” said Amanda Gamble, executive director of the Friends of Fort George in a media release.

Brock is famous for leading his troops personally in their battles against invading American forces during the most famous two-year border battle in Canadian history.

That would end up leading to his demise at the Battle of Queenston Heights on Oct. 13, 1812, when Brock took a musket shot to the chest and died on the battlefield.

The event will start at 10 a.m. at Queenston Heights (14184 Niagara River Pkwy) with a special presentation on Brock’s life with a feature talk by historian Scott Finlay. There will be birthday cupcakes at 10:45 a.m. and a lesson on the history of Brock’s Monument and the mark Brock left after his death (such as the university being named after him) with a special presentation by Gamble.

Brock’s present monument was rebuilt in 1853 after the original monument was bombed by a terrorist in 1840.

Tickets to this birthday celebration are $10 and can be booked HERE.

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