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Learning and growing through Niagara Parks history


By Tania Moffat


Blossoms falling like snow in the Botanical Gardens.


surrounding lands and battled fiercely for sixty years. In 1760, the British finally succeeded in forcing the French to retreat from the area. The land along the banks of the Niagara River provided an ideal vantage point for the Brit- ish Military. By 1852, ownership was relinquished to the government


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of Upper Canada from the British Government. Frederic Church, an American landscape architect, and Frederick


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iagara Falls’ incredible beauty has been record- ed by Canada’s early explorers since 1535. Both French and British settlers vied for control of the


Law Olmstead, an American artist and landscape archi- tect, saw the value in preventing commercialization and began campaigning to turn both the American and Cana- dian land into public parks. A view that Lord Dufferin, then premier of Ontario, Oliver Mowat, and the Ameri- cans agreed with. By 1885 the provincial government created a Niagara


Falls Parks Commission. Premier Mowat, in an attempt to save the land from the encroaching railway introduced the “Niagara Falls Park Act” to preserve the natural area, and the first chairman of the parks commission, Casimir


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