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- We only stopped because its between the more major attractions. It was neat, but nothing exciting. There is ample parkingWritten June 28, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Pretty cool to see such a small church. Had lunch and dessert at the fruit stand nextdoor. Washrooms on property. Only thing that threw us off was the pin on google maps was incorrect, so make sure to add exact address in google (rather than smallest church notl).Written May 28, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I enjoyed getting to view so many local artists and beautiful works of art. This gallery is definitely worth viewing and spending time in!Written March 7, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Something in the air that was very relaxing and calming that made that clock stop. Maybe it was the wine tasting but was a very cute town.Written April 15, 2023
- Went in for a peek to see whether they would have my last name. In Canada, maybe only 20 people have this last name in Europe thousands. To my surprise it was there. Next step to have research the meaning & coat of arms.Written June 7, 2019
- Nice fort that you can walk around on top of. It's cool to see the Niagara fort on the US side and see why they had Fort Mississauga there. On a golf course so look out for flying balls.Written July 28, 2022
- The important contribution made by the indigenous peoples to the British and allied side in the Battle of Queenston Heights has long been known to historians of the period, but not to the general public. The Commemorative Memorial that was added in 2016 serves as a welcome addition to the park.Written September 2, 2020
- Butlers Barracks is a piece of Canadian history. Training for war activities was held here.
The buildings are, from the outside, plain but functional.
The grounds are what interested us. Paved walkways take you around the majority of the property. There is a section around the main field which is gravel. This area leads to the wooded area near the Niagara Parkway. This is the “gathering area” for local dog walkers. The area is labeled as “leash free”. Trash cans delineate the leash free area. It is frequented by many locals exercising both their pets and themselves.
Parking is free for guests of the National Monument. As it costs for parking all around NOTL, this is a bonus. Let’s mot abuse this! Parking off King Street is labelled clearly for use of the Barracks property. There are also 2 areas, more for our use on the western edge off John Street East. (Caution: don’t block the access gate)
WORD OF WARNING: This is a grassy and wooded area so Ticks can be prevalent here. Check yourself and your pets during Tick season.Written November 9, 2019
- Nice lighthouse. You can't go into the Sailing club to get up close, unless you are a member. If you walk to the side of it you can get a nice picture of it. Free parking next to the club and condominiums. Quick stop is all its worth.Written July 13, 2022
- Visiting Canadian friends with friends from home, we were taken here as part of a daytrip of sightseeing. Our Canadian friends had arranged a guided tour in advance.
The mansion is one of many attractions on the Niagara Parkway. It is located in the Village of Queenston, a community within the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The setting was impressive. It was high on a hill that overlooked the Niagara River and the Canada-United States border.
During our tour, the guide told us everything about the architect, builder, original owner, and the history of the mansion and how it came to be the site of the School of Restoration Arts at Willowbank.
Willowbank had an interesting history. The mansion was designed by John Latshaw, an acclaimed architect. It was built for Alexander and Hannah (Jarvis) Hamilton. He was the Canadian Alexander Hamilton, not the American Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. This Alexander Hamilton was a businessman, militia officer who fought in the War of 1812, justice of the peace, office holder, and judge. At the time of construction, he was First Sheriff of the Niagara District. Hamilton wanted all the latest technologies; and, so his mansion had the first wood stoves in Upper Canada.
We learned that Willowbank was built of local whirlpool sandstone. One of the unique features of the mansion is that it has eight hand-carved columns that stand two full stories tall of the home’s 3-1/2 story height. Another outstanding feature was the front doorway which is considered to be a masterpiece of classical Greek Revival design.
The mansion was later sold a century later to the Bright family, who made many renovations. Later it became a Catholic school for boys. Then a developer named Doyle acquired the property and filed for a demolition permit. The Friends of Willowbank was formed and successfully rescued the mansion in 2003. That group subsequently created the School of Restoration Arts at Willowbank.
During our tour, we admired the meticulous restoration work both competed and still in process.
I particularly liked the English wallpaper with an outdoor scene and the views from the porch out back.
The mansion is open for tours in the summer and in the fall and winter seasons by appointment.
This attraction is a must-see for those interested in architecture, stately old mansions, and history.
We rate Willowbank National Historic Site of Canada at 4.50. We recommend a tour.
If you found this review helpful, please click THANK below.Written January 10, 2019
- The Upper Canada Gazette or American Oracle, first newspaper in what is now Ontario, was published in the town of Niagara. Its first issue, edited by Louis Roy appeared April 18, 1793. On this site was published The Gleaner which from 1817 to 1837, under the editorship of Andrew and Samuel Heron, was one of the most prominent newspapers in Upper Canada.Written May 20, 2023
- It is incredible to think that he used this barrel to navigate down the rapids to the whirlpool in 1949, not sure it is worth a stop, but worth a looksee for sureWritten May 20, 2023
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