Brock’s Monument: March 2022

I haven’t had a good look at Brock’s Monument since my high school band travelled here for a concert years ago.

Perhaps we played on the bandstand which is still there:


Brock’s Monument is a 185 foot column atop Queenston Heights near the Niagara River. It is dedicated to Major General Sir Isaac Brock, one of Canada’s heroes in the War of 1812. Though he died during the battle, his troops were successful in defending Upper Canada from an invasion by the United States.  The current monument was constructed between 1853 and 1856.

I visited it on a dark and lightly raining March day.

A Canadian heroine is also celebrated here:

Laura Secord home

There is a tree growing in the park here which we seldom see in Toronto. The Sweetgum is native to the southeastern United States but does well in Niagara.

The fruit is abundant and covers the ground underneath each fall.

Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) fruits
Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) fruits
Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) fruits

Much of it stays in the tree all winter:

Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) fruits
Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) fruits

I am told that these fruits cause a lot of accidents in the United States for bicyclists and motorcyclists when the fruit falls on roads and creates slippery conditions.

I took photos of the 5 or 7 lobed leaves of a Sweetgum on the Toronto Island:

Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
American Sweetgum

Other sights at Queenston:

stairs to nature trail
Niagara River
Niagara River


We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
– Col. John McCrae

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Brock’s Monument: March 2022

  1. Susan

    Thank you Miles – this so takes me back to my grade 7 school trip to The Brock Monument, Fort George, and environs. Your pictures show me so much more than one can see from the ground. I revisited it some years ago with a hiking group and we walked the Laura Secord trail soon after it opened – a trail that the creators believe follows the route she took to find the British commander. It was mostly through woods and fields even now except for one part that went right through a shopping mall, unfortunately. Still – worth tracking down if you have not. Thanks for this.


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