After confederation a military reserve for the defence of Canada was established in Niagara. Camp Niagara in Niagara-on-the-Lake was used as a summer training grounds for infantry, cavalry, and artillery. At the start of World War I in 1914 the Camp was used to train the Second Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. In 1917 the Camp was used to train a group of expatriate Poles and Polish Americans who were recruited to serve in the war. Over 22, 000 volunteers of the Polish diaspora from across Canada and the United States trained at Camp Niagara, known to them as Camp Kosciuszko.

The collection consists of 22 postcards, most of which feature Niagara Camp. Some of the images include: Cook Ovens at Niagara, Fort Mississauga, Military Hospital Building, Reviewing Artillery, C.E.F. on Route March leaving Queenston Heights for Niagara Camp, the Guard at Niagara Camp, etc.

Click here to view the Niagara-on-the-Lake Postcards collection, 1907-1913, n.d. RG 708 finding aid: https://dr.library.brocku.ca/bitstream/handle/10464/15118/NOTLpostcards_RG708.pdf?sequence=6&isAllowed=y

Recent Submissions

  • Postcard - Infantry Line, Military Camp, Niagara-on-the-Lake

    McKee, Edwin James (1907-06-12)
    A postcard showing the "Infantry Line, Military Camp, Niagara-on-the-Lake". The postmark reads 12 June 1907 and is addressed to a Miss Nettie McKee of Dunville, Ontario from an Edwin James McKee. The text reads "Here is where we live. Are getting along fine. Is away better than we thought it was. We are learning something that is of some good to us. Will write later. My hand is shaky so my writing is frightful. From Edwin".
  • Postcard - Scene at Niagara Camp/Cavalry in Review, Niagara Camps

    n.d.
    A postcard showing two separate images. The first image is a "Scene at Niagara Camp" which shows several tents and horses. The second image is the "Cavalry in Review, Niagara Camp" showing all troops on horseback.
  • Postcard - Drilling C.E. Forces/Partial Camp View, Niagara Camp

    n.d.
    A postcard showing two separate images. The first is "Drilling C.E. Forces at Niagara Camp" and the second is a "Partial Camp View C.E. Forces, Niagara".
  • Postcard - Infantry Camp, Niagara-on-the-Lake

    1907-06-24
    A postcard of the Infantry Camp, Niagara-on-the-Lake. The postmark reads June 24, 1907 and is addressed to a Mrs. Hammel Deroche. The card reads "Dear Marion, Thank you for the snap shots. You seem to be enjoying something and your boy is getting quite fat. Where did he go to camp this year? I have the leather cushion finished and you would not believe how nice it looks. Everyone likes the way I finished it. Good-bye with love and best withes to both. Mabel"
  • Postcard - The March Past, Niagara Camp

    1912-06-20
    A postcard showing troops marching at Niagara Camp while a large group of civilians look on. The postmark is dated June 20, 1912 and is addressed to Mr. Verne Chuli of Springfield, Ontario.
  • Postcard - Bird's eye View Niagara Training Camp, Overseas Forces

    n.d.
    A postcard showing "Bird's eye View Niagara Training Camp, Overseas Forces". The postmark is illegible, but the text reads "I will be home on the 2-30 boat from hear. Yours truly Abb".
  • Postcard - A Representative Corps of Canadian Militia

    1910-06-15
    A postcard showing a representative Corps of Canadian Militia. The note is dated June 14, 1910 and reads "Dear Grandma, I am having a fine time in camp this year. I am getting pretty well tanned. Will be home to Simcoe Saturday so answer to Simcoe. Yours truly Lawrence."
  • Postcard - Fort Mississauga photo, Niagara-on-the-Lake

    1912-06-21
    A postcard of Fort Mississauga in Niagara-on-the-Lake by Rumsey and Co. The postmark reads June 12, 1912 and is addressed to a Miss A. McKinnon of Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Postcard - Disembarking Troops, Niagara-on-the-Lake

    1908-06-17
    A postcard of "disembarking troops" from a steamship in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The postcard is addressed to a Miss Thompson in Toronto from "Will" and dated June 17, 1908. The postcard is a Canadian Souvenir printed by Warwick Bro's and Rutter, Ltd.
  • Postcard - Bugle Calls - "Retreat"

    1913-06-09
    A cartoon postcard showing a bull ready to charge and a soldier whistling with his rifle laying on the ground. The sign behind reads "Beware of the Bull.". The postage mark reads June 9, 1913 and addressed to Mr. William Kerr of Hamilton, Ontario. The postcard was printed by Valentine and Sons Publishing Co.
  • Postcard - Wharf Scene

    n.d.
    A postcard showing the Cayuga Steamer in the Wharf at Niagara-on-the-Lake. This postcard is one of eleven attached together.
  • Postcard - Boat Leaving Niagara-on-the-Lake for Queenston

    n.d.
    A postcard showing a boat leaving Niagara-on-the-Lake for Queenston. There is a small lighthouse and a tent with some other buildings surrounded by trees. This postcard is one of eleven attached together.
  • Postcard - The Guard, Over-Seas Forces, Niagara Camp

    n.d.
    A postcard showing the Guard of the Over-Seas Forces lined up in front of a small buildings at Niagara Camp. This postcard is one of eleven attached together.
  • Postcard - Queens Royal Hotel, Niagara-on-the-Lake

    n.d.
    A postcard showing the Queen's Royal Hotel looking over the water in darkness. This postcard is one of eleven attached together.
  • Postcard - C.E.F. on Route March

    n.d.
    A postcard showing C.E.F. on a route march from Queenston Heights to Niagara Camp. The postcard is one of eleven attached together.
  • Postcard - St. Vincent de Paul Church, Niagara-on-the-Lake

    n.d.
    A postcard showing St. Vincent de Paul Church (built in 1834), Niagara-on-the-Lake. Cemetery markers can be seen behind the church. This postcard is one of eleven attached together.
  • Postcard - Reviewing Artillery, Niagara Camp

    n.d.
    A postcard showing troops reviewing artillery practices at Niagara Camp. There are several troops on horseback and others are sitting on canons. This postcard is one of eleven attached together.
  • Postcard - Military Hospital Building, Niagara Camp

    n.d.
    A postcard showing the military hospital building that was built in 1915 at Camp Niagara. This postcard is one of eleven attached together.
  • Postcard - Niagara Camp View, Over-Seas Forces, Fort Mississauga

    n.d.
    A postcard showing Niagara Camp and Fort Mississauga on the left. This postcard is one of eleven attached together.
  • Postcard - Fort Mississauga, Niagara-on-the-Lake

    n.d.
    A postcard showing Fort Mississauga in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The description also reads "built 1814". This postcard is one of eleven attached together.

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