Niagara Hotels

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Niagara Falls is currently offering deals in the “off-season” at many fine resorts for your family vacation. Many hotels are within walking distance to the brink of Niagara Falls, and other attractions such at Clifton Hill muesums, Fallsview Casino, and more. Some hotel resorts even have indoor waterparks which are open year-round to offer a warm escape from the winter months. Some of the best deals for rooms are found online through various hotel booking sites. Expedia is one of the most popular travel booking engines and can usually offer the most competitive price for a hotel room in Niagara Falls.

 

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Niagara Nature Reserve

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One of the most beautiful hikes along the Niagara Escarpment is found in the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve. The climb to the top of Queenston Heights leads down to the bottom of the Niagara River Gorge  just a mile upstream are the Niagara Falls.

Four kilometres of trails wind through the incredible natural features of the Reserve. To make the most of your hike, purchase an interpretive trail map from the Feather in the Glen Gift Shop at Niagara Glen. Wintergreen Flat, the picnic area just off the Niagara Parkway, is where your descent begins.

The metal staircase leads you down into the gorge where you can follow well-marked, colour-coded trails through the forest. They’ll lead you to the river banks and whirlpool.

Centuries of erosion and blasting have broken rock from the walls of the Gorge, creating rocky rubble of various sizes. Natural stairways between the rocks were built with local stone. Ferns and mosses grow in the deep rocky crevices, generating cool, fresh air.

The Niagara Parks Commission leads guided nature hikes. . The Niagara Glen Nature Reserve is located on the Niagara Parkway. Take the QEW to Highway 405 and follow it to the Niagara Parkway. Go north past the Butterfly Conservatory and the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, then watch for the Niagara Glen Feather in the Glen gift shop on the left.”

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Dinosaur Adventure Mini Putt

Clifton Hill Dino Mini PuttEnjoy the excitement on top of Clifton HiIl, Niagara Falls,  surrounded by gigantic pre-historic dinosaurs and lush vegetation with your family or friends, playing miniature golf at Dinosaur Adventure Golf ! The uniquely contoured course with multi coloured greens is fun for both the novice and the experienced and the entire course can be played in about 45 minutes.

The magnificent putting greens are full of undulations, water hazards, and real sand traps. For the non golfer, the prehistoric background of dinosaurs offers view about history what it was all like in days gone by.

The Course is fun for the entire family. During or after your putting, be sure to stop by our concession stand to enjoy our great selection of drinks and ice creams too.

Dinosaur Adventure Golf is located behind the Niagara SkyWheel, with the entrance to the immediate right of the SkyWheel. Call 905-358-3676 for hours of operation, ticket prices and other helpful information.

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Beamer Conservation

At the edge of the Escarpment, north of Grimsby, Beamer Memorial Conservation Area is an ideal location for viewing the annual spring raptor migration over the Niagara Peninsula.

Birds of prey, such as, hawks, eagles, and falcons migrate in the daylight and depend a great deal on lift from the air. The unique topography of the area lends itself perfectly to aid in raptor migration. In the Escarpment’s Beamer Memorial Conservation Area, two sources provide the lift that raptors seek. Strong updrafts develop from winds off the lake which impact the Escarpment cliffs, and _Èthermals’ form when nearby farm fields warm in the sun. Weary from their long migration, which includes circumventing the lake, raptors glide almost effortlessly on the updrafts or thermals. They migrate west toward the head of the lake near Hamilton.

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The annual hawk migration is monitored by Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (link to an external site.) March 1 through May 15, members of Hawkwatch battle almost any weather to conduct daily counts and identification of birds of prey. Birders may count over 1,000 birds on a good day.

A permanent sign displays silhouettes of birds of prey in flight. During migration, a list is posted with daily and seasonal totals. The information gathered at Beamer, combined with data from other hawk-watching areas in North America and Mexico, is used to track long-term population fluctuations. Beamer Memorial C.A. was recently designated an Important Bird Area (IBA).

Along the Escarpment at Beamer Memorial Conservation Area, Bruce Trail provides panoramic views of Grimsby and Lake Ontario. Four lookouts are scenic stopping points along the crest of the Escarpment. The Lookout Trail leads to incredible views, which include the 23-metre falls over the Escarpment.

To get to Beamer Memorial Conservation Area, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, Christie Street (Mountain Road). At the top of the Escarpment turn right on Ridge Road, go 1.6 km to Quarry Road, turn right and proceed to the parking lot.

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Kurtz Orchards

Kurtz Orchards has everything for the family. In addition quality fruits and vegetables from local growers, the orchard Farm offers a variety of confectionaries, jams and specialty food. In addition the Orchard is dedicated to agriculture, entertainment and education.

The Farm Market is filled with gourmet foods, honey, preserves, and jams of every type, fruit baskets, collectibles and gifts for the entire family. Prior to buying any product, there are ample samples one can taste. The traditional Canadian maple syrup, soups, crackers, cheese and every type of pie and desert is available.

Kurtz Orchards offers a family gathering where visitors can socialize, learn about healthy eating, and speak directly with the people that make and or grow their food.

Fruit and vegetable of almost every type can be found. Besides the food products, there are crafts and gift shops. During the months of July and August, some of the largest and sweetest strawberries, raspberries and cherries are available. In October, grapes and pumpkins are in season.

The sweetness and tender fruit is believed to be due to the micronutrient in the soil and the quality of fruits that rival’s products from California. For the children, the varieties of ice cream, candies and chocolates that will be sure to delight.

It is located at 16006 Niagara Parkway, about 12 minutes along the escarpment from the Falls.

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Haunted Niagara

To many, the city of Niagara Falls is like Canada’s mini-version of Las Vegas. Bright lights, top-notch casinos, fine dining restaurants, five-star hotels and a plethora of concerts and events. Add in the city’s main spectacle, one of the largest waterfalls on the planet, and it is easy to see how Niagara is one of the premier tourists destinations in Canada.

All that a visiting thrill seeker needs are some directions and a quick history lesson. Through reports and other documented proof, one can learn that Niagara’s historic landmarks pack much more of a haunted punch than a dark house featuring scary music and skeletons popping out of closets.

Historic Landmarks such as Fort Erie, the Keefer Mansion, the Mahoney Dollhouse Gallery, Fort George and the Lighthouse Restaurant and Pub are true havens for apparitions and ghost like activity.

GO Train to Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls is one of the scenic hubs of Ontario tourism. Now one of the easiest and most relaxing ways to travel in Southern Ontario can get you to Niagara Falls, too! On every weekend and statutory holiday from the last week of school in June to the Thanksgiving long weekend in October, travellers from all over Southern Ontario can get on the GO and ride to Niagara Falls on the Lakeshore West route.

There is so much to do and see in beautiful Niagara Falls, and you can enjoy your day much more without the hassles of summer weekend traffic and parking. GO Transit will get you there ready to have a wonderful time. The GO train will leave Toronto’s Union Station and go westbound at 630 am, 940 am, 415 pm and 1005 pm to Niagara, stopping at the Lakeshore West stations of Port Credit, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls only. The first trip back from Niagara Falls to Toronto will leave the Niagara Falls station at 850 am. The final trip of the day returning to Toronto will set out at 1025 pm.

This seasonal GO train service also makes the Canadian National Exhibition more accessible to fans of the summer spectacular who live in the Niagara Region. Trains go to the “Ex” from St. Catharines and Niagara Falls on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays for the duration of the CNE. Admission tickets for the CNE can be purchased before your departure at the GO stations in Niagara Falls and St. Catharines.

Whether you are travelling to Niagara Falls for a day filled with natural beauty and historic interest, or coming into Toronto from Niagara for the CNE or other events, entrust your trip to GO Transit. You and your family will arrive refreshed and relaxed, ready to spend an unforgettable day in Southern Ontario.

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Niagara Favorite Haunts

While Niagara’s spooky “Haunted Houses” are successful animated frightfests, an online video series producer is determined to show the real thing does exist in Niagara Falls.

“History of a Haunting,” Canada’s latest paranormal series, has just wrapped its first season in Niagara Falls. With its battle sites, many buildings and homes over two centuries old, the show’s producer, Jerry Potter, believes Niagara Falls is an ideal site to explore manifestations of lingering spirits. Two executive producers, Nathan Chamberland and Todd Brown, are also natives of the Niagara Region. The trailer for the series is online.

Among the sites they will visit is Drummond Cemetery, near the site of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane during the War of 1812. Sightings of soldiers who died from their wounds have been reported by many visitors at all times of day.

Another well-documented haunted spot in Niagara Falls is “The Screaming Tunnel”, on Warner Road, near where it intersects Garner Road. If one goes into the tunnel at any time and lights a match, a whoosh of air extinguishes the match instantly while a piercing shriek echoes off the high stone walls. In the early 1900s a farmhouse caught fire at the south entrace to the tunnel. The legend tells of a young girl, garments aflame, who escaped and ran into the tunnel where she perished. A visit to the Screaming Tunnel has convinced many skeptics that someone is still there in spirit.

Cavendish Manor, a girls’ school long ago, is the site of many encounters with ghostly little girls, both laughing and screaming fearfully. The legend goes that, soon after the screams sound, someone will die.

The Angel Inn, at Niagara-on-the-Lake, is reputed to house a British soldier, Captain Swayze, murdered by American soldiers in 1812. Captain Swayze reportedly likes to tamper with kegs and mugs of American beer.

Come to the Niagara region, and see if the ghosts will appear to you.

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Great Wolf Lodge

The massive water park resort is a half million square-foot, four story, log sided family indoor waterpark resort. It will feature over 400 guest rooms with a choice of ten suites configurations including including unique layouts such as a Grizzly Bear Suite which can sleep up to 8, a Loft Fireplace Suite, and children’s themed suites which include a Wolf Den, Kid Cabin and Kid Kamp, complete wiih cozy private ‘room-within-a-room’ for children.

In the center of the Great Wolf Lodge, behind the main entrance, the windows overlook the main attraction, Bear Track Landing” a colossal, 90-foot tall, indoor waterpark complex measuring at over 100,000 square-feet. A twelve level treehouse water-fort interconnected with suspension bridges, cargo nets, web crawls with over sixty water effects standing at the park’s entrance. A 4,000 litre (1,000-gallon) tipping bucket suspended at the top offers guests a thrilling introduction to one of the world’s largest indoor waterpark resorts, while the Rocket Watercoaster Ride ‘ one of only four in the world ‘ and the Mammoth Raft Ride ‘ the world’s largest tunnel family raft ride ‘ takes guests for the water rides of their lives!

Year-Round Family Fun

Completely under the roof, the waterpark features 13 waterslides, ranging in size from kiddie slides to fast-paced tube slides that wind in and out of the indoor waterpark, a massive indoor wave pool, recreation pool, lazy river and a zero-depth entry pool for even the youngest water-fans.

Other amenities include the Northern Lights’ Arcade, a 6,000 square-foot arcade; Iron Horse’ Fitness Room; and Cub Club’ ‘ the children’s frequent guest club.

Guests and the general public can also enjoy five fully-licensed, themed restaurants; Pizza Hut Express; Bear Claw Cafe confectionery; Buckhorn Exchange, gift emporium, Elements, an Aveda Concept Spa; and close to 10,000 square feet of meeting space, including a tiered, audio/visual symposium.

 

Address: 3950 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 7M8

Phone:(905) 354-4888

 

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The Welland Canal

The chain of lakes and rivers used by early North American explorers and Canadian fur traders has evolved into the unique and efficient water transportation route, the St. Lawrence Seaway. Before the potential of these inland waters could be fully realized, several turbulent sections located at key points had to be overcome or by-passed. The falls and rapids of the Niagara River presented the major obstacle to an uninterrupted waterway to the American heartland. Until 1829, the only route from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie included a lengthy portage around Niagara Falls from Queenston to Chippawa Creek.

To circumvent nature’s wonder, a man-made wonder was required. The Welland Canal, with its eight large locks, was built to fulfill this need. This canal system, the western section of the St. Lawrence Seaway, ranks as one of the outstanding engineering feats of the twentieth century.

The all-Canadian Welland Canal is the first segment of the modern Seaway to have been built. It connects two of the Great Lakes (Ontario and Erie) and forms an integral part of the deep waterway that allows large lakers and ocean vessels to navigate to and from the heart of North America.

Niagara Glen

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The Niagara Glen is a unique area of the Niagara River carved out between 7,000 and 8,000 years ago as the erosive forces of Niagara Falls passed through here.

Designated as a Nature Area in 1992, the Niagara Glen presents a fascinating study in provincially rare flora and Carolinian forest types and is an important birding area. Hikes through the Niagara Glen involve an elevation change of over 60-m. (200-ft).

Proper footwear, suitable for steep and rugged terrain is required. Guided Rim Tours also provide an informative, easy stroll along the top of the Glen. Available in summer season only.

2 km. North of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, opposite Whirlpool Golf Course”

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Bird Kingdom

Bird Kingdom

Bird Kingdom
A world class tropical adventure, located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is the largest free-flying indoor aviary in the world. More than 400 birds make their home in this multi-level rainforest setting nestled in a building which has housed some of the area’s top attractions of the past. A 40-foot waterfall, tropical plants, and hundreds of birds from around the world put on a show for the public. Many of the 80 species of birds living at Bird Kingdom are endangered or threatened in the wild.

The building that houses this attraction was the original Spirella Corset Factory, built in 1907. It was one of the first poured concrete buildings ever made in Canada. The building then became home to the famed Niagara Falls Museum in 1958, with its world-renowned collection of Egyptian artefacts. Amazingly, it was discovered the museum had been home to the actual mummy of King Ramesses I! Unfortunately for the museum, that fact wasn’t discovered until after the museum closed and the mummy was safely returned back to Egypt.

World’s Largest Free Flying Indoor Aviary !

The birds living in their natural habitat is not the only exhibit. There are also a collection of saltwater fish, spiders, bats, snakes, skinks, and reptiles too, all of which make their home in the same tropical environment the birds flourish in.

Bird Kingdom also features a Small Aviary, where smaller birds make their home; the Javanese House, a 125-year-old nobleman’s house from the island of Java; Nocturnal, an exhibit which stays light at night and dark during the day so night-living animals will be active during the museum’s hours; and the Macaw Market, featuring bird-related collectibles and gift items.

Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Destination Choice Award for 2011

There are many hidden secrets to discover in our Nocturnal Jungle as well. Children can search for treasures from the past in our Kids Archaeology Dig and win a free prize! Be amazed to learn about Niagara in our Historic Niagara room.

We also hold children’s birthday parties and even a 2 week summer camp yearly! Bird Kingdom is open 365 days a year! Visit us at www.birdkingdom.ca to see all the upcoming events happening weekly.

Hours or operation are September – June 9:30 AM – 5 PM
July – August 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM

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Brock Monument

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Take the climb to Queenston Heights and experience a key moment in Canadian history. In the War of 1812, on October 13, Major-General Sir Isaac Brock led the British forces under him to fend off invading American troops. Brock gave his life in a charge up the Escarpment.

The Brock Monument now stands to acknowledge his role in preventing American domination of Canada. Queenston Heights is also the head of the Bruce Trail. The start of Canada’s longest footpath is marked with a stone cairn at the eastern end of Queenston Heights Park.

The Niagara Parks Commission manages Queenston Heights and the other Niagara River parks. Since 1885, the Commission has been charged with preserving and enhancing the natural beauty of Niagara Falls and the Niagara River corridor. The Commission maintains approximately 1,619 hectares of parkland along the river, in addition to the 56-kilometre Niagara River Parkway.

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St. Lawrence Seaway

The St. Lawrence Seaway is a deep waterway extending 3,700 km (2,340 miles) from the Atlantic Ocean to the head of the Great Lakes, at the heart of North America. Within the meaning of the legislation which provided for the construction and maintenance of the deep waterway, the St. Lawrence Seaway proper extends from Montreal to Lake Erie.

The Montreal/Lake Ontario section encompasses a series of 7 locks from Montreal (Quebec) to Iroquois (Ontario) enabling ships to navigate between the lower St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario.

The opening of the Seaway, in April of 1959, marked the full realization of a 400 year-old dream. In the early part of the 16thcentury, Jacques Cartier, the French explorer, was turned back by the rushing waters of the Lachine Rapids, just west of what is now Montreal, and thus denied
his dream of finding the Northwest Passage and the route to the East. At various times during the intervening 300 years, canals have been dug and locks built around the natural barriers to navigation in the St. Lawrence River.

This activity was spurred on by the desire to make use of the economical transport route which the waters of the Great Lakes Basin offered for the movement of goods in and out of this area of the continent.

Adventure Theatre

The latest in Niagara entertainment is the recently upgraded Adventure Cinema. The best of Canadian Technology has allowed the creation of the screen, which provides an excellent history of the Niagara Falls. The large 5 story (45 foot) screen and the latest in sound technology present a real life-like view of the Falls and its evolution over time.

The movie is about 45 minutes long and details the landscape and geological nature of the land, the first settlers in the area and how the area was developed into a tourist attraction. Also presented is a picturesque view of the individuals who either have gone over the Falls in barrels or tried to walk across on a high wire.

The state-of-the-art film technology creates an image of unsurpassed clarity and realism. The images produced are so real like that one is quickly absorbed into the story. With the floor shaking digital surround sound, you will feel like you yourself are tumbling over the falls.

The show lasts 45 minutes and can be seen on the hour all day. The theater is located at the bottom of the Niagara Falls State Park Visitor Center.

For the non English speaking tourist, Headsets are available which translate in numerous languages including French, Japanese, and Spanish etc.

The theater does have access for the handicapped patrons. Entrance to the theater is $10 for adults and $6 for children under 12.

Embassy Suites

Embassy Suites NiagaraEmbassy Suites may be Hilton’s budget-friendly division, but you still get all the care and attention that have made the Hilton name mean “first-class hotel” around the world. The Embassy Suites in Niagara Falls promotes this philosophy in a 512-suite property, with amenities like much larger hotels at an affordable price.

Among the favourite accommodation packages at the Embassy Suites Niagara Falls are the Live Theatre plans. At various times of the year, you could attend a unique fundraiser, “Niagara Light of Day” to help those with Parkinson’s and ALS; a Las Vegas style magic show starring Greg Frewin; and “Casino Concerts” featuring the top acts from Las Vegas, Atlantic City and other top performing venues around North America. Included with the Live Theatre packages are custom-cooked breakfasts for everyone in your group, gift certificates for dining at either the Embassy Suites Keg or TGI Friday’s restaurants, a selection of travel and attraction passes to use through your entire stay, and a Manager’s Reception.

The kids will be thrilled to come to Dave and Buster’s Gaming Midway at the Embassy Suites. Upon check-in to any of our suites, receive a gaming card with a $60 value to use at the vast array of arcade games at Dave and Buster’s. The family can revel in NASCAR rides, pinball, Guitar Hero, cyberspace tennis, basketball and golf. If you prefer, let your kids rise to the challenge while you enjoy a snack and drink at the world-renowned D&B Sports Bar.

When it’s time for dinner, relax in the well-loved atmosphere of one of Canada’s favourite steakhouses: The Keg at the Embassy Suites. With a perfect view of the curve of the Horseshoe Falls on the ninth floor, the Keg offers premium steaks and perfectly prepared sides that will signal the finale of a wonderful day.

Settle in at the Embassy Suites Niagara Falls for your vacation. You’ll savour every moment of your stay.

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Observation Tower

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From the Prospect Point Observation Tower in Niagara Falls NY, one can view most of the Canadian and US side of Niagara Falls area from a 360-degree panorama. On sunny days, a splendid view of Mist arising from the Falls inter mixing with a colorful rainbow is a sight to see. This steel and glass tower has become a favorite for those who want to view the Falls without getting wet or tired.

After viewing the outside from the top of the deck, one can ride the glass elevators to the bottom and arrive directly to the boarding docks for the Maid of the Mist.

The indoor deck does offer a snack bar and a gift shop, and the deck does have high-powered lenses for closer viewing. The Prospect Point Observation Tower is open all year around but the hours are much shorter in the Winter. To avoid long crowds, it is best to arrive early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

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Hydro-Electric Dam

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The single greatest source of hydroelectric power in the world, the Niagara River is home to several power plants. The 2 most famous plants on the Canadian side are the Sir Adam Beck I and II, named after the first head of the Hydro-Electric Power Commission. Combined, the Beck power stations produce over 2 million kW of power.

During the East Coast Blackout in the summer of 2003, Niagara Falls and area retained power. 14m (45 ft) diameter tunnels run under the city of Niagara Falls to divert 68 Million litres /minute to the power stations. Niagara Falls used to erode at a rate of 1m (3ft) every 10 years. The diversion not only creates power, but has slowed the rate of erosion to 30 cm (1ft.) every 10 years.

Butterfly Conservatory

With over 2,000 free flying tropical butterflies in a lush rain forest setting complete with waterfalls and pools, this is a photographer’s dream come true.

Observe the numerous species as they flutter, soar and feed on nectar and pollen. In summer, step outside the conservatory to experience a native butterfly garden that attracts many of the 120 species of butterflies native to Ontario. Open year-round.

Located 9 km (5 miles) north of the Falls on the Niagara Parkway on the grounds of the Botanical Gardens & School of Horticulture

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Old Fort Niagara

By: Jesse Davis

The British occupation of North America has numerous reminders of the past and one of them is the Old Fort Niagara. The Old Fort was built way back in 1726 at the entrance to the Niagara River. The Fort served as a resting area for new troops and also served as a garrison for the wars which took place between the British, Americans and the French. The Fort also served as a base for military campaigns during periods of hostility.

Like most old British monuments, this stone masonry built Fort has a lot of features of old Victoria era Fortresses of the 16 and 17th Century. The Fort had good access to the nearby railroads and the sea.

Today, The Fort is a monument to the historic events that occurred nearly 300 years ago. It symbolizes the courage, valor, sacrifice and heroism of many who fought for Freedom.

The Fort was completely burnt down in the 18th century and has undergone numerous major reconstructions to restore it to its original glamour. In its relatively unspoiled setting on a bend of the Niagara River, the Fort survives as an authentic vestige of the past.

Administered by the New York State Park, the Old Fort has a number of historic structures, furnished rooms, museum exhibits, and even a bookstore. Interpretive programs, educational lectures, guided tours, and special events are offered throughout the year.

Tourists have been coming to this Fort for decades and each year the numbers are increasing, making it a very popular destination. Asides from the Fort, the surrounding scenery and rivers offer some of he best views of the natural landscape in the North.

The Fort is now operated by the New York State Office of Parks and located in Youngstown, NY. For more information one can call 716 745 7611

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