HMCS Haida (G63) is a tribal class warship which was launched in 1942. It served the Royal Canadian Navy from 1943 to 1963 and also during World War II. It sank more enemy ships than any other warship in the armada. Today, it stands as a museum and can be explored by visitors. Located on the waterfront of Hamilton, the destroyer is also designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1984. You can tour the ship and discover its engine room, the lower and upper decks or just marvel at its sheer grandeur.
The Westfield Heritage Centre contains the Westfield Heritage Village and is spread across an area of 130 hectares (321.23 acres). With home to 30 historic buildings, the village is certainly one of the most amazing historic destinations in Ontario. Interpreters in costumes will guide you through this maze of history and acquaint you with the rich Canadian culture. Live history demonstrations along with the beautiful county side backdrop will surely take you to the olden days. Educational programs, group tours and guided tours of the site are available. Events and activities at this site keep the visitors entertained.
If warplanes and fighter aircraft interest you then head straight to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. This museum houses aircraft models that were actually used during World War II. It is home to several propeller-powered aircraft, helicopters and military jets. Several of the aircraft on display are in an operational condition. Avro Lancaster is a part of the museum's air shows. The Lancaster is one of the few functional Lancasters on the planet.
Established in 1962, the Battlefield House is an esteemed living history museum. It's located on the site where the Battle of Stoney Creek was fought during the War of 1812, preserving the culture and heritage of the neighboring area. The Battlefield House is open to visitors who are invited to take informative guided tours when they come. A can't-miss cultural attraction, it also puts on events dedicated to educating and entertaining its guests.
Established in 1914, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is a famous public gallery in the city and one of the oldest in Canada. The gallery was renovated in 2005, replete with a spacious pavilion and modern exhibition spaces. Boasting of a collection that amounts to 9000 objects, it focuses on European and Canadian art. The gallery calendar is always full with interesting events like temporary exhibitions, art classes, workshops and art festivals. The efforts are directed towards giving the common man a unique art experience. A visit to this space gets you acquainted with the exquisite world of fine art and contemporary art.
Located at the Dundurn Park, the Dundurn Castle is a stunning 19th-century castle that clearly showcases the best of Neoclassical architecture. Regarded as a historic site, this majestic castle covers an area of 18,000 square foot (1,700 square meters) and comprises of 72 rooms in total. Lush gardens and the Hamilton Military Museum are also located on the castle grounds. If you are in the city and have some time to spare, then certainly head to the Dundurn Castle. A stroll through this historic building will not only allow you to learn more about the life of the people in the 19th Century, but it will also be a memorable way to spend the day especially if you are a history enthusiast.
Built in 1827, the Griffin House was marked as the National Historic Site of Canada owing to its architectural and historic value. Home to Enerals Griffin and his descending generations, the house is now operated as a museum. Over 3000 artifacts belonging to the early 19th century were recovered at the site. The artifacts include stoneware, clay pipes and porcelain items. They are now put on display for the public and this site is regarded of high importance to the Canadian Black History.
1,000,000 dollars were invested the Pigott building. The 18-story structure boasts a blend of Art Deco and Gothic Revival styles, adding a captivating landmark to the Hamilton skyline. The first skyscraper built in the area, the Pigott Building has become a historic city feature. Today serving as a condominium, the structure is best appreciated from the outside, where visitors can marvel at its architecture and admire the stained glass windows in its lobby.
Absinthe Hamilton is the go-to place for catching concerts while in Hamilton. Treat yourself to delicious food and sip your favorite drink while at this concert venue and add to your overall experience. From top DJs to talented musicians and bands, who's who of the local music circuit play at this exciting venue on a regular basis. Catching concerts of up and coming artists at Absinthe Hamilton is a experience that should not be missed. Fun parties are hosted at this venue on a regular basis drawing a decent crowd of youth from across the city.
The HAVN is an artists' collective that doubles up as a collaborative work space and art gallery. The collective is made up of artists that come from diverse backgrounds and favor varied art genres, together creating exhibitions that are excitingly experimental and refreshingly different. The art exhibitions hosted at HAVN feature multi-modal artwork ranging from fine art and photography, to multimedia displays,performances pieces and interactive installations that draw spectators into the mind of the artist. Apart from hosting art exhibitions, the HAVN also serves as a creative work space and studio for members of the collective.
A historic address that has been around since the early 19th century, the Concession Street is a must-visit destination during your Hamilton tour. The street is always bustling with energy and offers plenty of dining and shopping options to visitors. From clothing boutiques and accessories shops to beauty salons, spas and much more, Concession Street takes care of your retail as well as wellness therapy. In addition, there are eclectic restaurants where you can satiate your well-worked appetite. Weekly markets, seasonal festivals and cultural events are also hosted here.
Run by Sonic Unyon Records, Mills Hardware is an intimate space for concerts, exhibitions, dance and theater. It also has four basement rooms for rehearsals. The exposed brick walls and high ceilings give it an industrial look. Equipped with good acoustics and lighting, it also has a fully equipped bar.