Canadian Military Heroes

Celebrate our country’s great military tradition during Canada’s 150th year. Even if you’re not a military buff, flying on a vintage Canadian aircraft, reenacting the Battle of Stoney Creek, or attending the Canada Day Military Tattoo at Dundurn Castle are not-to-be-missed experiences. You can also honour our veterans with this two-day trip exploring military-related sites and attractions or visit one of our heritage sites and attractions.

HMCS Haida, Hamilton
Touring Canada’s most decorated war ship will give you a first-hand appreciation for the challenges faced by the ship’s outrageous crew during those decisive and important sea battles.
 
A National Historic Site, this early 19th-century homestead was once home to the Gage family, who retreated to the cellar during the War of 1812 as the Battle of Stoney Creek raged outside.
 
Southern Ontario’s largest military museum houses collections from the War of 1812 to the present day and features artifacts from the army, navy, air force and restored vehicles.

Hamilton Military Museum, Hamilton
Investigate the War of 1812, the Rebellion of 1837-38, the Boer War and World War I at the Hamilton Military Museum. Visitors can also experience a reconstructed World War I trench, a medals display and exhibit gallery.
 
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Hamilton
One of the world’s largest displays of operational aircraft, this distinctive delta-shaped building houses over 40 historic aircraft, including the only flying Avro Lancaster in North America.
 
Chiefswood National Historic Site, Ohsweken
Visit the birthplace and childhood home of Mohawk poetess E. Pauline Johnson and discover the important role Six Nations warriors played in the War of 1812-14 through the fascinating exhibit, “The Six Nations, John “Smoke” Johnson, and the War of 1812.”
 
Route 1812
Download the free Route 1812 Mobile App or get it through iTunes, Google Play, the Windows Store or Blackberry World and take an interactive trip through the past as you drive or cycle along this historic trail through Southern Ontario. The app includes a map, video, photos, music and audio to tell the stories of this important chapter in the building of the Canada.  Or plan ahead with the Route 1812 flip book as your guide. An Audio CD of the stories and other 1812 memorobilia can be purchased in our online shop.
 
A Desert Between Us & Them
Abandoned by the British, occupied and plundered by the Americans in the War of 1812, the people of Southwestern Ontario will spend several years living in a brutal war zone. This is their Story. View the program trailer and purchase the DVD and App here.
 
Here are a few ideas to start the celebrations:
  • Our Hamilton; Through their eyes

    Gain insight into the lives of soldiers who protected the freedom of all Canadians in commemoration of our Nation’s 150th… More >

    Gain insight into the lives of soldiers who protected the freedom of all Canadians in commemoration of our Nation’s 150th Anniversary. The effects of the First World War were so far-reaching that they impacted the lives of every Hamiltonian. Follow the course of Hamilton’s involvement from the initial ‘call to arms’ to the post-war period through treasures from the collections of the Museum including letters, photos and personal items owned by Hamiltonians, and experience the war Through Their Eyes. Family: $11.50, Adults: $4, Seniors: $3.50, Youth: $3.50, Children: $3, Infants: Free

    Time 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Location 610 York Blvd., Hamilton, L8R 3H1


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  • Aircraft Collections

    Welcome to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum! We can't wait for you explore our collection of almost 50 aircraft and… More >

    Welcome to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum! We can't wait for you explore our collection of almost 50 aircraft and displays – all dedicated to Canada’s rich military aviation history from World War II to the current. Many of the aircraft still fly and you can book your flight into history

     

    Location 9280 Airport Rd., Mount Hope, L0R 1W0

    Web http://www.warplane.com/aircraft/collection.aspx


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  • A Place to Belong

    It’s the Canada 150 birthday weekend! On Sunday July 2, Hamilton Community Foundation is marking the occasion by inviting you… More >

    It’s the Canada 150 birthday weekend! On Sunday July 2, Hamilton Community Foundation is marking the occasion by inviting you to discover all that Hamilton has to offer. Come out and enjoy close to 50 recreational, cultural, historic, and conservation sites across the city — all for FREE! Have a swim, go for a picnic or enjoy our museums and world class gardens. From Dundas to Stoney Creek, downtown to the mountain, opening doors is just another way that HCF is creating a vibrant, inclusive Hamilton — a place where everyone belongs. Visit www.placetobelong.ca for venue details and programming.

    Email g.diffey@hamiltoncommunityfoundation.ca

    Web http://www.placetobelong.ca


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  • Thirsty Thursdays

    Tour and Tot: On this one-hour themed tour, you’ll learn about the drinking traditions of sailors from the time of… More >

    Tour and Tot: On this one-hour themed tour, you’ll learn about the drinking traditions of sailors from the time of Lord Nelson to the men who sailed on Haida. Learn a little salty sailor talk along the way! We’ll top off your tour with a rum ration. Fee: $14.60 per person
    This program runs every Thursday in July and August at 7pm. Pre-registration required. To purchase tickets please call: 905-526-6742
    *Book this tour any time for your group of 10 or more! Make it part of your Bachelor or Birthday party and inquire about our facility rentals. 
     

    Time Every Thursday

    Location 658 Catharine St N, Hamilton, L8L 8K4

    Web http://www.hmcshaida.com/


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  • The Heights: A War of 1812 Tour of Dundurn National Historic Site

    Dundurn Castle is built on the history of the War of 1812. Burlington Heights, where Dundurn now stands, was occupied… More >

    Dundurn Castle is built on the history of the War of 1812. Burlington Heights, where Dundurn now stands, was occupied by the British military from 1813 until 1815. Your journey will begin at The Hamilton Military Museum to uncover the history surrounding the property. Discover evidence of military fortifications as the tour takes you outdoors into Dundurn Park. The guided tour will end with a look inside Dundurn Castle focusing on the 1812 architectural features that Sir Allan MacNab later incorporated into his well-known home.  NOTE: This tour contains outdoor components; please come dressed for the weather and for walking on uneven terrain. 

    $20 per person. Pre-registration is required

    Time 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Location 610 York Blvd., Hamilton, L8R 3H1

    Email dundurn@hamilton.ca

    Web http://www.hamilton.ca/dundurn


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  • Women of War Weekend

    Join us in honouring the women of war as we mark the 75th anniversary of the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval… More >

    Join us in honouring the women of war as we mark the 75th anniversary of the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service, better known as the “WRENS”. This weekend learn about the tremendous contributions of women to the war effort as we feature a Women of War Film Festival and scheduled talks. On Saturday, enjoy a social tea with refreshments and the delightful harmonies of jazz trio “The Ault Sisters”. Stay tuned for more details and full event schedule.

    Location 658 Catharine St N, Hamilton, L8L 8K4

    Web http://www.hmcshaida.com/


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  • Happy 74th Birthday Haida!

    Join us in celebrating Haida’s 74th birthday with family friendly fun! Meet our costumed interpreters dressed in the rig of… More >

    Join us in celebrating Haida’s 74th birthday with family friendly fun! Meet our costumed interpreters dressed in the rig of the day and hear about life onboard Haida. Become an honorary sailor and get your very own anchor tattoo. Special guided tours, refreshments and more! Stay tuned for more details and full event schedule.

    Location 658 Catharine St N, Hamilton, L8L 8K4

    Web http://www.hmcshaida.com/


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  • A Canadian Story: Letters from Homefront and the trenches
    Murray Ferguson Room, Ancaster Municipal Centre, Public Library

    Please join us for an Informative and Interesting talk on the letters exchanged between a father & son, during WWI… More >

    Please join us for an Informative and Interesting talk on the letters exchanged between a father & son, during WWI – from the Farmer Family archives, with Guest Speaker: Mike Street.  

    Location: Murray Ferguson Room, Ancaster Municipal Centre/Public Library, 300 Wilson Street East in Ancaster

    Wednesday, November 8, 2017
    Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm

    Free event

    Fieldcote Museum will be open for extended hours that day from 1:00pm to 7:00pm for anyone wishing to view the exhibit on the Farmer Family before the talk begins at 7:00pm

     

    Time 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Location 300 Wilson St E, Ancaster, L9G 2B8

    Email fieldcote@hamilton.ca

    Web http://www.hamilton.ca/fieldcote


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  • We Remember

    On Remembrance Day we acknowledge the struggle of men and women in their work toward the goal of peace. In… More >

    On Remembrance Day we acknowledge the struggle of men and women in their work toward the goal of peace. In honour of this commitment, The Hamilton Military Museum presents a special display and free admission to the museum. Guests are invited to make a poppy for our remembrance board.  Free event

    Time 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Location 610 York Blvd., Hamilton, L8R 3H1

    Email dundurn@hamilton.ca

    Web http://www.hamilton.ca/dundurn


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