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Chippawa Battlefield Park
The Battle of Chippawa was the first battle that marked the start of one of the longest battles of the war of 1812. On July 3rd, 1814, American forces crossed the Niagara River from Buffalo to take Fort Erie marking the beginning of the Niagara Campaign of the war of 1812.
Of the 4000 British, Canadian, and Native forces who bravely fought in the Battle of Chippawa, over 800 lay dead or wounded.
In the engagement at Chippawa the regiment is said to have suffered the highest casualty rate of any Canadian militia unit during the war. This milita unit was comprised of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers.
This park is situated along the beautiful Niagara Parkway in Chippawa Village, which is also recognised as being a very historic town in the City of Niagara Falls. The Chippawa Battlefield Park is open year round and features a self-guided walking tour that allows visitors to go to the site at their own convenience. The interpretive panels in the park outline the battle and the role of the participants. Visitors can stroll through the park at their own pace and read the panels that provide information and maps of the routes taken by the troops during the war starting at the Chippawa battlefield.
A focal point of the battlefield is the memorial cairn, dedicated to the regiments and First Nations warriors who fought in the battle, and which also represents peace that has prevailed between Canada and the United States since that time.
Today, Chippawa Battlefield Park is considered one of the most picturesque battlefield parks. The self-guided tour of the site was launched in July 2000 by Donald Graves, military historian and expert on the battle.
This point of interest is linked to The Battlefields of The War of 1812 Tour.
TripClip Audio File
Community TripClip submitted by Kristin Atkinson and Cavelle Schmid
Click to play or download Chippawa Battlefield Park TripClip (mp3 format).
This destination is also part of the TripClip tour 'Battlefields of The War of 1812'.
Take QEW Hwy going south towards Fort Erie
Exit Lyons Creek Road stay to the Left
Follow Lyons Creek Road into Chippawa Village
Lyons Creek Road turns into Main Street
Follow Main Street to the Niagara Parkway
Turn right onto the Niagara Parkway
Chippawa Battlefield Park will be located on right hand side on the Niagara River Parkway
From Rainbow Bridge (US/Canada border):
After crossing Rainbow bridge into Canada, the Rainbow Bridge becomes Provincial Route
At second intersection, turn Left on Stanley Ave
From Stanley Ave turn Left onto Maineland Parkway
Follow Parkway into Village of Chippawa
Turn left onto Main Street
Follow Main Street to Niagara Parkway (Niagara River)
Chippawa Battlefield Park is located on right hand side on the Niagara River Parkway
From Niagara Falls:
Head south on Victoria Avenue toward Crawford Place
Turn left to merge onto King's Hwy 420
Continue onto Falls Avenue
Continue onto Niagara River Parkway
Contine onto Macklem Street
Turn left at Portage Road
Continue onto Cummington Square West
Turn left at Main Street
Main Street turns slightly right ane becomes Niagara River Parkway
Chippawa Battlefield Park is located on the left hand side on the Niagara River Parkway
Along the Niagara Parkway and adjacent to the Niagara River, passive activities such as cycling, walking/jogging, fishing, picnicking, and boating are popular, and take place in this area on a daily basis. The landscapes and scenery of the Niagara Parkway make this an ideal spot for these types of activities.
GRAVES.DONALD. WAR OF 1812 BATTLE OF CHIPPAWA JULY 5TH 1814. December 2, 2009. http://war1812.tripod.com/batchip.html
This webpage was prepared by Kristin Atkinson and Cavelle Schmid in December 2009. Trip narration by Kristin Atkinson, photos by Cavelle Schmid and Kristin Atkinson. Thanks to the staff at Brock University for their help in the creation of this page.