Indigenous Niagara Living Museum Tours, the Niagara Region’s first guided Indigenous tour operation, will premiere Spring 2022 in Niagara Falls. Featuring animated encounters and engagements with Indigenous peoples, cultural interpreters, historians, food specialists and artisans. The deep and compelling Indigenous history and culture of the Niagara Region serves as the foundation for authentic tours of important Indigenous destinations known for their historical and cultural significance to Indigenous peoples, including Niagara Falls itself!
These tours will help to build an enlightened and inspired understanding of Indigenous peoples who have lived in the Niagara Region over the course of some 13,000 years. This unique guided tour program will be of interest to North American and international travellers, educational field trips, and group tours for lifelong learners of all ages.
In addition to the beautiful vista that is Niagara Falls itself, with its stories of powerful forces and influences upon Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek identities, the tours will also explore the geology of the Niagara Escarpment with these highlights:
- Indian Council House (The Commons)
- Fort George
- Willowbank School of Restoration and Indigenous Community Love Garden
- Landscape of Nations Commemorative Memorial (Queenston Heights Park)
- Niagara Glen Nature Centre
- Niagara Falls
- Battle of Chippawa Site
- Old Fort Erie
- Niagara Falls History Museum and Battle of Lundy’s Lane site
- First Nations Peace Monument (Battle of Beaver Dams site)
- Niagara Escarpment Environment (Laura Secord Legacy Trail)
- Norton’s Cabin (The Brown Homestead)
- Curtain Call (FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre)
- Indian Trails of Niagara (drives on St. Paul Street and Mississauga Road)
In addition to physical bus tours, Indigenous Niagara Living Museum Tour destinations are also accessible online for viewing at thegreatniagaraescarpment.ca. From this landing page simply click on ENTER, then click on MENU in the upper right corner, then click on INDIGENOUS NIAGARA TOUR SITES, and begin exploring the destinations by clicking on the blue Pins. After clicking on a blue pin go to MORE INFORMATION and then OPEN MENU in the pop-up dialogue box at the left of the screen. This will reveal a list of text information, photos, resources, and videos. Many of the destination sites contain videos that, when considered together, create a fascinating tour of important Indigenous sites in the Niagara Region.