Stagecoaches on the Niagara

On Dec. 27, 1789, the first stagecoach service in Upper Canada opened, running along the Niagara portage from Queenston to Ft. Erie.

Often associated with wild west movies, stagecoaches were first used in Britain, and commonly used in the days before rail service. In addition to passengers, coaches often carried mail, parcels, and money.

In 1992 the Canadian silver dollar commemorated stagecoach service in Canada. The coin, officially marking the 175th anniversary of the Kingston to York stagecoach, showed winter service, with four horses pulling a coast mounted on sledges. About 265,000 were struck.

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