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HMCS Haida National Historic Site

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.

Westfield Heritage Centre

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.

Dundurn Castle

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.

Pigott Building

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.

Whitehern

Before it was a popular Hamilton tourist attraction, Whitehern was home to Ontario politician Thomas McQuesten. The late-Classical structure was built around 1850 and named a National Historic Site of Canada in 1962 for its displays of Georgian, Edwardian, and Victorian era artifacts. Whitehern is open to the public, and guided tours of the property are conducted regularly. For an outing that as historical as it is charming, come check it out.

Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King

Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King is a beautiful church tucked by Cathedral Park in Hamilton. Although it is not the most historical religious site, having been consecrated in 1933, the cathedral manages to exude grandeur. Notable features include the stone excavated from the Roman Catacombs, Italian marble floor by the altar, and paintings of Christ entering Jerusalem and the nativity scene. This 13th-century English Gothic-style church welcomes all to either visit or worship, promoting goodness in the Hamilton community.

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