Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Geocaching Adventures: Queenston Heights
The town is famous for being the site of the first major battle during the War of 1812: The Battle Of Queenston Heights.
Today the site of that battle is a memorial to Major General Sir Isaac Brock, the British commander. He was killed during the battle, and now rests on top of the heights under a towering monument erected to his memory.
Given all the above, I jumped at the chance to go geocaching on the Heights the other day.
The highlight was a 4 stage multi cache that took me on a 3 mile tour around the battle site, including going up and down the escarpment. One of the deciding factors in the battle was that the heights could only be attacked by a force that had to climb up the escarpment. It was really awesome to see the locations that were made legend inside the mind of a boy from reading descriptions in a biography book in grade 8.
At the foot of the Brock monument is a memorial placed by Candian Native Indians, who were allies of the British during the war.
Yours Truly looking over the Niagara River towards the American side of the escarpment.
The Brock monument as seen from the gates to the park.
The Niagara River: The Yankees are coming!