Fort Mississauga : Hidden in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Fort Mississauga Location – – 223 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada (behind the golf course) – MAP

History of Fort Mississauga

The fort never saw a shot fired.  Built in 1814 after the Americans left Niagara-on-the-Lake and Upper Canada.

Fort George was in ruins, and the British rushed the building of Mississauga to discourage a second attack from the United States.  Soldiers remained on-duty at Fort Mississauga until 1840.

 

Today, the fort is located at the back of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course.

Aerial view of Fort Mississauga - - behind the Golf Course (from Historic Places)
Aerial of Fort Mississauga – – behind the Golf Course (from HistoricPlaces.ca)

It was never restored or opened to the public.  Much of it original to 1814 (see images at the bottom of this article)

 

You can visit Fort Mississauga, inside the ramparts to tunnels and the shoreline, but outside the main structure.  Just follow the path off of Simcoe or Front Street, but watch out for flying golf balls.

Ghosts

Fort Mississauga – –
Outside main walls

Even though a battle was never waged at Fort Mississauga, the lands have energy.  Action was seen around Fort Mississauga along with most of Canada’s most haunted town.

Stand in the right spot inside the main walls and you’ll hear gunfire and the screams of men.  This spot is located on the opposite side of the tunnel leading to the lake.  They say you walk through the tunnel and stand sideways with ears to the water and the fort.

Tunnel at Fort Mississauga leading to the shoreline
Tunnel at Fort Mississauga leading to the shoreline – – where to hear the ghosts

People have also heard men yelling in pain, believe to be punishment. Known as flogging, or whipping. Soldiers stationed at Fort Mississauga in Niagara-on-the-Lake would be flogged for defied command during training.

Historic Ghosts

In 1871, a soldier named Andrew wrote his encounter with a ghost while stations at Fort Mississauga in Niagara-on-the-Lake (slight editing for space)

“Jim and I spread our blankets on the hard oak floor and slept as sound as a top. We had to wake up at 2am. Jim was on the gate and I on the ramparts. It was pitch dark and time dragged. The only sound was the waves.

“In the long two hours, we saw a dog, then later a tall figure in a black robe.

“It figure gliding along the top of the wall swiftly. Jim saw it too. My knees shook under me. I fixed my bayonet, gave chase but it glided out of sight.

“We said nothing about it, being afraid of the ridicule.”