The Battle of Beaverdams Park in Thorold features historical displays, a bandstand and playground equipment. The community park is near the vicinity of a historic battle site in the War of 1812, but is not the exact location of the Battle of Beaverdams. In fact, the park commemorates both Laura Ingersoll Secord and the soldiers involved in the decisive Battle of Beaverdams in 1813.
As a historical park, this is the final resting place for soldiers who died in the Battle of Beaverdams. Located in a heritage area in downtown Thorold, this 10-acre passive park was created in 1976 on the in filled channel of the second Welland Canal. One of the locks of the second Welland canal has been partially excavated for its historical significance and is displayed in the park.
View the photographs by Paul Carfagnini in the carousel style slide show. Check out Lock 25 of the 2nd Welland Canal, constructed in 1845. Other historic features in the park include a plaque to the founding of Thorold, as well as a stone tribute to the grave of the unknown American soldiers killed at the Battle of Beaverdams in 1813, originally erected on the original battle site in 1874. As a historic attraction in Thorold, the park also displays the Battle of Beaverdmas Cairn, a Millennium Time Capsule, and a plaque to Laura Secord. Visitors also will find the JB Stone, near the site of John Brown’s Thorold Cement Works, built adjacent to the canal circa 1840. The Battle of Beaverdams Park entrance is located on Sullivan Avenue between Front Street S. and Towpath Street. Just one block north of the park, local shoppers can visit locally owned businesses such as Henderson’s Pharmacy and Elio’s Foot Comfort Centre. A wide variety of community events are held at the Park such as the Protection Hose Company No.1 Easter Egg Hunt and Canada Day celebration, and Thorold Reed Band summer music series on Wednesday nights. This naturally beautiful park is a popular attraction in Thorold and is available to local community groups and organizations for festivals, music events, and picnics.