The lovely village of Queenston tucked away on the shores of the Niagara River, just below the Niagara Parkway and hidden in the shadow of the mighty heights. Although small, the village is no stranger to the stage of history. Almost 201 years ago it was the sight of an American invasion during the War of 1812, that saw the actions of General Isaac Brock and General Sheaffe drive away the invading force, and saw the death of Brock, in fact Brock and his Aide-Du-Campe are buried up on the Heights beneath the tallest military monuments in Canada. The Village was again occupied by American troops from may to june 1813, during this time, resident Laura Secord overheard plans to take out the brazen Lt. James FitzGibbon and his detachment of 49th Regiment at Beaver Dams, the proceeded to walk through occupied territory to warn the British Officer. Her message along with Native scouts allowed FitzGibbon to turn the tables on the American troops and get them to surrender. Queenston was also home to the Colonial Advocate in early 1824, the newspaper of William Lyon Mackenzie. When the paper moved to York (Toronto), Mackenzie would go on to serve the new city of Toronto as mayor, and eventually lead open rebellion against the government in 1837, a rebellion that was stopped by the actions of James FitzGibbon. The village is also home to the unique Willowbank School for the Restoration Arts. This school is dedicated to teaching the craft of historic restoration, and is located in the Willowbank Mansion, itself a school and project to restore this national historic site. You can tour Mackenzie’s print house, the Secord Homestead (which was restored by the Chocolate company that bears Laura’s name), Willowbank is also available for tours on appointment, or you can attend seminars there. At the Heights you can climb to the top of Brock’s Monument and have a commanding view of the Niagara Peninsula.