From the original British gun positions at the fort’s southeast bastion, you can look across to Buffalo, N.Y., as the narrowing lake turns into the Niagara River.
Even now, it doesn’t take much imagination to understand just how strategically important the place had been two centuries ago.
But it’s the view to the west — across what’s now verdant parkland — that really intrigues John Triggs, chair of the department of archeology at Wilfrid Laurier University. It’s there that secrets lay buried.
In the summer and fall of 1814, this was the scene of a long and bloody battle with roughly 1,500 casualties, much of it played out along a 700-metre stretch of earthworks that the invading Americans had constructed westward from the fort itself, which they by then possessed. Read more.