History

The South Landing Inn was built in the early 1800's by Thomas Dickson to accommodate many travellers on the route around the mighty falls of Niagara. Queenston then boasted thirteen inns and taverns of which only South Landing Inn remains today.

Lovingly renovated in 1982 and maintained by Innkeepers Kathy and Tony Szabo. South Landing sits in an attractively landscaped riverside setting. The South Landing Annex which was totally rebuilt and then furnished in the same traditional manner, opened in the spring of 1987.

Our charming village of Queenston breathes an atmosphere of history and romance. Enjoy walking among elegant, historic homes and buildings, still standing today as fine examples of early 19th century architecture.

The history of the area revolves around the War of 1812 and there are several historic sites to visit in Queenston and all are within walking distance of South Landing Inn.

historic siteLaura Secord Homestead; during the war of 1812 this Canadian icon set out on a treacherous journey of 32 kilometers (20 miles) through the American lines and over wild unsettled country and swamp to warn British forces of an impending attack. Guides in period costume will enchant you with tales of her adventure. Tour the beautifully restored homestead. Please visit the Laura Secord Homestead site. Photo courtesy Niagara Parks

historic siteThe best hands-on museum in Upper Canada The restored home of rebel publisher William Lyon Mackenzie reveals 500 years of printing technology, amid the authentic ambiance of a period print shop. Mackenzie Heritage Printery commemorates the life and work of publisher and political reformer William Lyon Mackenzie. Please visit the Mackenzie Heritage Printery website. Photo courtesy Mackenzie Printery & Newspaper Museum

historic siteBrock's Monument and Queenston Heights Park, site of the Battle of Queenston Heights during the War of 1812 in which Sir Isaac Brock was killed. Surrounding the 50 m (150 ft.) monument is the recreational park and it is located at the top of the Niagara Escarpment offering spectacular views. Please visit the Brock's Monument website. Photo courtesy B. Redmond and Tourism Niagara

historic siteRiverbrink Art Museum was built by Samuel E. Weir and it houses a unique Canadian art collection specializing in works focusing on the history of the Niagara Region. Riverbrink is surrounded by a garden of horticultural delights and overlooks the battlegrounds of The War of 1812. It is a legacy for enjoyment and learning. To find out more please visit Riverbrink's website. Photo courtesy Riverbrink Art Museum.