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Near Queenston in Niagara Region, Ontario — Central Canada
 

2. The Treacherous River Cliff

The Battle of Queenston Heights Walking Tour

 

—Stop 2 of the 5-stop walking tour —

 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2011
1. The Treacherous River Cliff Marker
Inscription. "An unguarded trail up this steep cliff was the only route which the Americans had to the heights of Queenston. The trail was to your right but does not exist any longer. Trapped on the river shore by unrelenting gunfire, the Americans contemplated a desperate action: the ascent of this cliff. The British, positioned on a ledge between here and the Village of Queenston did not detect the movement and the attackers took the Heights by surprise. However, later in the battle this cliff became a cruel barrier between the Americans and safety on the other shore."
 
Erected by Parks Canada.
 
Location. 43° 9.633′ N, 79° 2.916′ W. Marker is near Queenston, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker is on Niagara Parkway just north of Portage Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. This historical marker is situated on the Canadian side of the Niagara River in a community/historic park area and is located along a walking trail near the riverside crest of the Niagara Escarpment. Marker is in this post office area: Queenston, Ontario L0S 1L0, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Niagara Escarpment (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Laura Ingersoll Secord
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By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2011
2. The Treacherous River Cliff Marker
View of the plaque on the top of the historical monument.
(about 210 meters away); 1. Attack (about 210 meters away); Site of Redan Battery (about 210 meters away); 3. The Capture of the Redan and the Death of Brock (about 210 meters away); 5. The Decisive Battle (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); 4. The Counter-Offensive Takes Shape (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The "Colored Corps" 1812 - 1815 (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Queenston.
 
More about this marker. This historical marker is located in the Queenston Heights National Historic Site of Canada and is stop #2 on, The Battle of Queenston Heights Walking Tour. According to the Niagara Parks web site, this historical marker is located "across the Parkway from the Ornamental Entrance Gate."
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Categories. Native AmericansWar of 1812
 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2011
3. The Treacherous River Cliff Marker
A close-up view of the text on the top of the historical monument.
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By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2011
4. The Treacherous River Cliff Marker
A close-up view of the map, showing the route of the battlefield walking tour, on the top of the historical monument.
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By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2011
5. The Treacherous River Cliff Marker
A close-up view of the battlefield scene sculpting on the top of the historical monument.
The Treacherous River Cliff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 27, 2011
6. The Treacherous River Cliff Marker
View of the historical marker looking north along the Battle of Queenston Heights walking tour pathway.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 583 times since then and 31 times this year. Last updated on May 3, 2012, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 15, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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