It’s not a fight many Canadians have heard of, but the Bataille-du-Moulin-à-vent near Prescott, Ont., in 1838, prevented a combined force of rebels from Upper Canada and American invaders from capturing nearby Fort Wellington. Both are now national historic sites. On the other hand, there is also a historic site devoted to Lower Canada’s rebel leader, Louis-Joseph Papineau, in Vieux-Montréal (see photo above; © Parks Canada).
North America’s first canal with locks to move boats up and down past rough water opened in 1781 at what is now Lieu national historique de Coteau-du-Lac. Located about 40 kilometres from Montreal, this site explores the exciting history of the St. Lawrence River.