Seems as though every couple years a new conflict results in thousands of refugees coming to Canada, a point of pride for many Canadians. Did you know that it was originally residents of the Niagara Region through the Niagara Freedom Trail (part of the Underground Railroad) that started this tradition.
Without much government assistance the Niagara Freedom Trail operated for decades and brought freedom to people facing racial, religious, and ethnic persecution. Niagara acted as a haven for those looking for full equality, as some ethnic groups which were not persecuted based on race were victims of ethnic prejudice in workplaces throughout New England and Quebec. Saving lives and livelihood for thousands of families that are now proud fourth to seventh generation Canadians.
Niagara Freedom Trail
The Niagara Freedom Trail is a highlight in the 1812 festivities and will continue to be honoured as each political milestone passes (War of 1812, Confederation, American Civil War, etc.). The Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview is built on the former site of the Burning Springs Observatory, a twentieth century addition to the Niagara Experience which welcomed hundreds of new Canadians in the early twentieth century as they crossed the bridge from America.