Relive Hamilton’s Glory Days in Grand Architecture, a Ship of War, and Indulgent Dining

Before Hamilton was known as a centre of blue collar industry, it was one of the up-and-coming communities of Upper Canada. Hamilton attracted all sorts of enterprising individuals who came here to make a name for themselves. On a warm day between Victoria Day and Labour Day, relive these exciting days of progress, affluence, and grand design with these must-visit Ontario landmarks.

Start at the excellent Canadian Heritage Warplane Museum, then make your way to Dundurn Castle and then Hamilton’s most impressive neighbourhood to visit Whitehearn Historic House. Finally, head down to Hamilton’s waterfront to visit the HMCS Haida and take the Waterfront Trolley.

When to go: In mid-June the Warplane Museum puts on a fantastic air show; the HMCS Haida is open mid-May to mid-October

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Morning

In a city full of great museums, Hamilton’s Canadian Heritage Warplane Museum is one of the best. Found on the outskirts of town by the Hamilton Air...

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Lunch

Earth to Table Bread Bar is run by the Landmark Group – the same people behind the amazing Ancaster Old Mill, Cambridge Mill, and Spencer’s on the...

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Afternoon

Although hardly a castle by conventional definitions, Dundurn Castle must have seemed a remarkably impressive and opulent home to the 2,500 residents ...

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Explore Hamilton’s Durand neighbourhood, where the city’s most historic and beautiful homes are found. While most of Durand’s homes are private ...

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Dinner

This small plates restaurant is all about a love of good ingredients and succulent (although not always slimming) dishes. The best course of action is...

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Accommodation

At the south end of the lovely Durand neighbourhood and only a couple of blocks from Durand Park, this B&B brings back Victorian charm with floral wal...

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