Fort George National Historic Site of Canada

Navy Island

Important Information

Please note:

  • Until further notice public access and overnight camping are prohibited on Navy Island
  • Access to Navy Island is currently restricted due to public safety concerns.

For more information please contact: ont-niagara@pc.gc.ca

Navy Island

Navy Island is on 128.2 hectares situated in the upper Niagara River and has a rich undisturbed deposit of prehistoric archaeological material. This is where the first British decked vessels to sail the upper Great Lakes were built. These vessels were essential to maintaining the supply lines westward during Pontiac's uprising (1763-64). It was briefly occupied in 1837 by Canadian rebels led by William Lyon Mackenzie, but they were forced to abandon it in January of 1838.