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.
An address that's more than 150 years old, the Locke Street South hosted horse races during the early 18th century. Today, this historic address beckons those seeking retail bliss. Come here with plenty of time on hand as the street has a lot to offer in the form of eclectic shops, health and wellness services, specialty stores and diverse eateries to satiate your tastebuds. Apart for shopping, the place is bustling with travelers and locals during cultural events and markets.
Established in 1983, by the Cohen couple, The Arctic Experience Gallery focused on marvelous sculptures by the Canadian Inuit artists. In 1993, the gallery moved to the nerve center of Hamilton, in a beautiful building reflecting Victorian architecture. Following this the gallery merged with McNaught Gallery and expanded its collection to include prints and paintings that augmented the creations on display. Arctic Experience McNaught Gallery does not feature a regular operation schedule, calling ahead before your visit is advisable.
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.
Covered in a carpet of soft grass and lined with towering trees, the Sam Lawrence Park is a breathe of greenery in the concrete city. The park has well-paved paths for joggers, and there are many benches across where you can sit in solitude. There are verdant trees and shrubs as far as your vision extends and seasonal blooms add a touch of color to the landscape. Since the park is located at an elevation, the upper lawn delights visitors with sweeping views of the city below.
Hamilton is a town blessed with natural wonder a rich, diverse history. While attractions like Spencer Gorge and Fifty Point Conservation Area highlight the natural beauty, Westfield Heritage Village, Dundurn Castle herald the city's glorious past. Overall, Hamilton manages to draw in both the locals and the visitors alike with its bounty of attractions.