Niagara-on-the-Lake in Niagara Region, Ontario — Central Canada
Fort Mississauga is a National Historic Site
an impotant part of Canada's story!
The area was under the control of the Seneca Nation during the late 17th century, and it became home to the Mississauga Nation by the 18th century.
Fort Mississauga was begun during the War of 1812, and helped the British and Canadians defend the Niagara frontier against a powerful invading American army in 1814.
It was completed after the War, and was a part of a defense system including Fort George, Butler's Barracks, and Fort Erie. The Niagara forts were a part of a chain of forts located along the Canadian-USA border, on the Great Lakes.
Built as an emergency field fortification, this is the only example of a star shaped earthwork in Canada.
The central tower was built on a foundation made from brick and stone salvaged from the rubble of the town of Newark, the first Capital of Upper Canada.
Garrisoned by the British until 1855, Fort Mississauga was later used by the Canadian military for Summer training camps begun in the 1870's, during both World Wars, and the Korean conflict (or up until the peacekeeping era).
By the late 1870's a 9 hole golf course had been laid out on Mississauga Point.
Location. Touch for map. This historical marker is located on the Canadian side of the mouth of the Niagara River, where the river empties into Lake Ontario. It is situated along the river on the northern edge of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course, at the end of the Fort Mississauga footpath that leads to the site of Fort Mississauga. This historical marker is located just inside of the fort's first defensive earthwork, along the pathway leading to the entrance of the fort. Marker is in this post office area: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Mississauga (within shouting distance of this marker); Point Mississauga Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); A Fort Evolves (within shouting distance of this marker); A Strategic Location (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Mississauga Trail (about 240 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Remains of Three Soldiers (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); The Battle of Fort George (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Niagara on the Lake Historical District (approx. 0.8 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Forts, Castles • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 4, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 548 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 12, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.