The North Star. The Promised Land. Canadians pride themselves on knowing that our country was a safe haven for people escaping enslavement from the United States.  However, what Canadians don't realize is that slavery existed here for over 200 years.  About 600 enslaved people of African descent lived in Upper Canada (Ontario) up to 1834, and at least 80 lived in Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL).

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Events at The Museum

(Artwork by Trisha Romance)

Happening at the Library

(Artwork by Irene MacKenzie)

Highlights for October

Art and History

King Street Gallery

Located in the heart of the Historic District of Niagara-on-the-Lake. We are housed in one of the oldest buildings  of the Old Town where inspiring minds gathered, created and lived the lives we celebrate in history today.

Irene MacKenzie Art Gallery

Known for her bold, impressionistic florals and landscapes, Niagara -on-the-Lake artist Irene MacKenzie  grew up in Fort Frances, Ontario.

McFarland House

Built at the turn of the 19th century by Scotsman John McFarland, the home was used as a military hospital during the War of 1812 by both the Americans and the British. 

Brock's Monument

Situated on the site of the Battle of Queenston Heights where British and American soldiers struggled for the destiny of two nations, Brock's Monument is the final resting place of Major General Sir Isaac Brock and his Aide-de-Camp Lieutenant Colonel John Macdonell.

Fort George 

Overlooking the Niagara River, Fort George was built between 1796 and 1802. This fortification served as the headquarters for the Centre Division of the British Army during the War of 1812, and played a pivotal role in the defence of Upper Canada. 

Laura Secord Homestead

 This enchanting heritage site was the home of Canada's most famous heroine, Laura Secord, from 1803 to 1835. 

Mackenzie Printery

Located in the quaint village of Queenston, the Mackenzie Printery offers a hands-on experience with a working linotype and eight operating heritage presses.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum

Containing artefacts from Indigenous settlement to the present day, the Museum is home to over 8,500 artefacts, 41,000 documents, 4,000 photographs and 900 books.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Pumphouse

Located on the banks of the Niagara River in a heritage building that formerly supplied water to Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara Apothecary

An authentic museum restoration of a 1869 pharmacy as part of a practice that operated in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, from 1820 to 1964.


RiverBrink Art Museum, located in the historic village of Queenston, within the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, is an art museum open to the public since 1983.

Niagara Image gallery

Formerly The Romance Collection Gallery. We are a retail art gallery, featuring the art work of Trisha Romance, Tanya Jean Peterson and Jordan Morrison.

Voices of Freedom Park

Voices of Freedom is an experiential art installation designed to engage, educate, and challenge visitors about this most important aspect of our history. Voices from the past will tell their stories, enriching visitors’ understanding of how they shaped our town and nation. 

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