Episode 5: Brown’s Point

August 30th, 2010Posted by admin

Adam Brown was a member of Butler’s Rangers, a British provincial regiment that fought in the American Revolutionary War. The group was comprised mostly of Loyalists from upstate New York. When the Rangers were disbanded in June of 1784 its veterans were granted parcels of land in Niagara as a reward for their loyalty and service to the crown. Brown built an inn and tavern on his land, eventually expanding the facilities to include a store and wharf on the shores of the Niagara River. Here locally produced potash and lime was shipped across Lake Ontario and down the St. Lawrence to Montreal and overseas.

During the War of 1812 Brown’s Point was used as a camp by both the Canadian York Militia and invading American Army (on separate occasions, of course).

This was the spot where General Issac Brock famously rallied his troops on October 13th with the rallying call “Push on York Volunteers!” as he charged into the town Queenston (and his ultimate demise on the hills of the Escarpment). Whether that event actually happened (and on this spot in particular) is up for debate, but regardless has become part of local lore.

Today Brown’s Point is home to a forest grove and several trails and pathways. The Greater Niagara Circle Route forks here, with a route travelling through the wooded area and the other following the Parkway. At the point where it forks there is an older stone monument placed by the Niagara Historical Society in 1915. It commemorates Brock’s rallying cry. A few hundred feet down the trail there is a small parking area at the centre of the Point where a newer monument placed by the Niagara Parks Commission sits.

There are (likely unsanctioned) hiking trails that extend into the woods along the shoreline here, providing access for recreational fishing and hikers. This area is also marked with blue blazes, marking it as a Bruce side trail.

6 Responses to “Episode 5: Brown’s Point”

  1. Adam White says:

    I’m standing a weird angle at the start of this video because I was had the dog standing next to me. Julie pressed record on the camera then ran him up the hill to keep him from barking like a maniac during this, which he surely would as he enjoys evil.

  2. Chris Ennest says:

    I’m pretty sure bivouacked is where the term bivy sack comes from. (I’m not totally sure, but it makes sense to me.) Cool video. Impressive that you get all that out with out really stumbling! I can’t control my thoughts fast enough for my mouth to catch up some times and I get lost. Keep it up dude!

  3. Wicked! Butt rangers!

  4. Now the question is what’s a bivy sack?

  5. Chris Ennest says:


    A bivouac sack (also known as a bivy sack, bivvy bag, bivi bag or just bivy) is an extremely small, lightweight, waterproof shelter, and an alternative to traditional tent systems. It is used by climbers, mountaineers, hikers, ultralight backpackers, soldiers and minimalist campers. The bivouac sack has a larger, similar counterpart, called a bivouac shelter.

    A bivy sack at its barest is a thin waterproof fabric shell (for example, made from lightweight silnylon) designed to slip over a sleeping bag, providing an additional 5 to 10 °F (2 to 5 °C) of insulation and forming an effective barrier against wind chill and rain. A drawback of a simple bivy sack is the humidity that condenses on the inner side leaving the occupant or the sleeping bag moist. This problem has been alleviated somewhat in recent years with the advent of waterproof/breathable fabrics, such as Gore-Tex or Pertex Quantum, which allow some humidity to pass through the fabric while blocking most external water. Another solution is the use of an inner vapor barrier liner bag, for example a silnylon sack, to prevent body moisture from entering and condensing in the sleeping bag.

  6. Brad says:

    @Chris – You’re right, the root word for both bivouacked and bivouac sack is “bivouac” which is a word that means camp. So a “bivy” sack is a camp shelter and when armies bivouac they are camping out on the battlefield for days or weeks at a time as the two opposing armies fight.