Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Q/Alphabe-Thursday

 Brock Monument, Queenston Heights, Queesnston, Ontario

Q is for Queenston and QEW

Monday afternoon after a five-day stay in Upstate New York, my husband and I crossed the Queenston Bridge into Canada to connect with the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) to head towards home.


 Sir Isaac Brock Monument at top of hill

Queenston  is on the Canadian side of Niagara River and the spot where an important battle took place two centuries ago in 1812.

 Brock atop monument

Brock was the British Major General at the Battle of Queenston Heights, mortally wounded during the fighting.  His likeness now stands atop a 185-foot limestone column erected in 1856. Inside the column, 235 steps on a spiral staircase lead to the platform under the statue where the view is said to be spectacular, but you'll have to take Parks Canada's word for that because I stayed on terra firma and...

Looking across the Niagara River to the U.S.

looked across the river from behind a secure stone wall below the monument.

I am linking to Jenny Matlock at Alphabe-Thursday HERE

51 comments:

Cloudy said...

Die Welt besuchen und betrachten, eine lange Reise braucht es nicht, denn mit einem Klick ins Land der Blogger hat man alles schnell im Blick...

Lieben Gruß und Sonnenschein
CL

Tanya said...

that is a ginormous monument! great view!

Kathy said...

Are people actually allowed to go up the staircase? One at a time I suppose. The line must be long.

see you there! said...

235 steps? I'd definitely enjoy the view from where you were. Really like the photo of the Niagara River too, have never been to that part of the country.

Darla

Andy said...

Isaac Brock was (and still is) a Canadian hero. Many Ontario cities and towns have a Brock Street or Brook Road that was named after him.

Sandra said...

you did find a good Q, that is one hard letter. and i like looking across the Niagara

Judy @ daily yarns said...

Neat post, this is why I love blogging I get to travel without leaving my home.

Judy said...

So that is where that statue is!! I was there as a schoolchild, but could never think where it was, later. Thank you!

TexWisGirl said...

love the framing of the 2nd shot!

Betty Manousos said...

you have captured these so beautifully!

wishing a great day!

Mumsy said...

What a beautiful place, but I am sure can't climb that 235 steps :-) I will just enjoy your gorgeous photos.

Gillian Olson said...

Great pictures, I especially like the view of the monument from a distance.

LONDONLULU said...

I'll take the Park's word as well but my, the view is breathtaking even without needing to climb 200+ steps! The monument has such elegant and graceful lines, despite its size.

RedPat said...

I'd be tempted to check out that top view!

Viola said...

That is a tall monument, he is far up there! :o and all the stairs you have to walk, I would like to walk there!
Beautiful photos! :)

Becky said...

Pretty, pretty view. I went with my parents so many years ago across the QEW and down to the US to Wisconsin. I still remember the gorgeous scenery.

'Tsuki said...

It looks just like the Genie de la Bastille, in Paris... With more trees and less pollution, whiwh is way better !

Birdman said...

Thanks for info... did not know this.

Ellie said...

Wow that monument is huge. What an interesting post - it is nice to learn things about places I have never been.

Heather said...

Gorgeous views and photos!

w said...

beautiful pictures! and thank you for the history lesson! love learning new things!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I was there YEARS ago and it was so beautiful...

I've got to get back there someday!

VBR said...

What a gorgeous view. And, I always enjoy seeing statuary and learning the history behind it,

Lowell said...

Super post with super photos. I esp. like #2 and the last one. I wonder how we screwed up so badly and didn't take Canada in the War of 1812. ;-))

I mean, really, why should you guys have all the fun?

Riet said...

Such beautiful photo,s I love the sights and the q word is great

Halcyon said...

I haven't been here, but it looks like I need to make a trip. Really nice scenery! :)

Naperville Now said...

I'm with you and that view of the water. Gorgeous.

Paul in Powell River said...

Great post, beautiful pics and apt topic as well.

Snowcatcher said...

I love how you framed the monument in the second photo, but all of them are very attractive.

Randy said...

Great shots and nice monument.

Judie said...

As usual, your photos are great!! But, PLEASE DON'T MAKE ME WALK UP THOSE STAIRS!!! You do it for me and tell me just what it was like! Hahahahahaha!

Deanna said...

Ahh the United States looks good at any angle...Love all your last photos as you head for home. The Brock Monument is placed perfectly in your 2nd shot!!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Excellent photography ~ and great choice for 'Q' ~ such history also ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Annesphamily said...

Quite lovely! The photos are sensational! I appreciate such a beautiful post with such a terrific story. Hope you had a memorable trip! It sure looks like it!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Oh! Beautiful scenes! Especially looking across the Niagara River.

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip.

Blessings & Aloha!
And thank you so much for your kind comment about my little grandbaby's pumpkin inspired dress that I had sewn :o)

edenhills said...

Old family legend makes me think I might be descended from him, but I can't prove my Brock line came from him. I really loved seeing this.

Michelle said...

That view across the river is gorgeous!

Rohrerbot said...

I think I'd enjoy watching the people climb the stairs....beautiful location.

Jack said...

You could grab 100 Americans randomly and ask them about the War of 1812. No more than two might be able to explain it remotely accurately. (I would be among the 98 who can't.) And none would know the name of Sir Isaac Brock. Would Canadians do better, or are the war and Brock casualties of too many other things to learn about?

Stephanie said...

Wonderful shots. I have seen so many nice spots that you have visited, similar to armchair traveler through your blog posts.

Prem said...

the vista on the third photo is so beautiful

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What wonderful pictures. I love seeing the world through your lens.

Mary said...

HH and I visited Niagara, 2001...so amazing. I loved it.

Ann said...

Is this where we go to New York from Toronto?

VioletSky said...

I am hoping to go to the re-enactment of the Battle of Queenston Heights and the Death of Brock at Thanksgiving weekend. Should be fun (though war should not be fun, should it?)

Sue said...

Thanks for taking me somewhere I will probably never go in person. I enjoyed the trip!

Gorgeous.

=)

anitamombanita said...

That's a great monument! Lovely images.

Splendid Little Stars said...

fun! I have been on the Canadian side of th3e Niagra, but it's been a while.

Esther Joy said...

Striking photos! I'd love to visit Niagra Falls. I've been across the border in several places, but never been there.

tidbitsandtreasures2011 said...

I hadn't heard about the Brock monument before, but if your photos are any indication it looks like the view at the top would be worth climbing the stairs. I'm game...now just to get there!

Jenny said...

Many years ago I saw this monument.

I had forgotten it until now.

It is quite spectacular, though, isn't it?

Thank you for letting us tag along.

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