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:
  • 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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  • Season Opening Day

    HMCS Haida is in a "ship shape” Bristol fashion for the kick-off of Haida’s 2017 season More >

    HMCS Haida is in a "ship shape” Bristol fashion for the kick-off of Haida’s 2017 season

    Location 658 Catharine St N, Hamilton, L8L 8K4

    Web http://www.hmcshaida.com/


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  • Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek 2017

    Experience the drama, pageantry, and excitement of the Battle of Stoney Creek of June 6, 1813, one of the most… More >

    Experience the drama, pageantry, and excitement of the Battle of Stoney Creek of June 6, 1813, one of the most important events in Canada's history. Bring the whole family for games, food, demonstrations, musical entertainment, fireworks, and the Re-enactment itself. Visit the Friends of Battlefield House at www.battlefieldhouse.ca for more information.

    Saturday 10 am - 10 pm and Sunday 10 am - 4:30 pm

    $10 per Adult; $5 per student; Children under 5 free 

    Location 77 King St. W., Hamilton, L8G 5E5

    Web http://www.battlefieldhouse.ca/


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  • The "Fightingest" Weekend

    *This special weekend event features premium heritage programming. Discounted Fees for Canada 150: $4.90 per child and $7.30 per adult.… More >

    *This special weekend event features premium heritage programming. Discounted Fees for Canada 150: $4.90 per child and $7.30 per adult.  
    Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11
    Celebrate Canada’s military heritage and the contributions of the Royal Canadian Navy’s “Fightingest” ship, with an emphasis on D-Day operations and Haida’s many Battle Honours. Explore Second World War period vehicles, enjoy historic documentary film screenings and participate in guided tours.
    On Saturday evening, break out the jitterbug as part of HMCS Haida’s Canada 150 Celebrations. Relive the dance hall days of the 1940s as we present an unforgettable Shore Leave Party on the jetty, featuring Canada’s “Sweetheart of Swing”, Alex Pagnam and Her Alleycats. Admission included in entry fees. 
     

    Location 658 Catharine St N, Hamilton, L8L 8K4

    Web http://www.hmcshaida.com/


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  • Fathers' Day

    Spend a special day with Dad on board Canada’s most decorated warship! Enjoy refreshments on the jetty and fun-filled activities… More >

    Spend a special day with Dad on board Canada’s most decorated warship! Enjoy refreshments on the jetty and fun-filled activities for all, including a family photo challenge, scavenger hunt, and a visit from Parka! 
    Treat Dad to a special one-hour Behind-The-Scenes tour, available at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. A special rate of $7.30 per person applies to the guided tour. To pre-register or purchase tickets for the tour, please call 905-526-6742. 
     

    Location 658 Catharine St N, Hamilton, L8L 8K4

    Web http://www.hmcshaida.com/


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  • Remembering Korea

    Visit HMCS Haida as we honour our veterans who served gallantly during the Korean War, and celebrate the resiliency of… More >

    Visit HMCS Haida as we honour our veterans who served gallantly during the Korean War, and celebrate the resiliency of the Korean people. Hear first-hand stories of those who served in Korea and view film screenings in the mess decks. 
     
    Take a one-hour guided tour at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm highlighting Haida’s transformation and re-fit in preparation for Korea. A special rate of $7.30 per person applies to the guided tour. To reserve your spot on this tour, call 905-526-6742. Pre-registration is recommended as space is limited. 
     

    Location 658 Catharine St N, Hamilton, L8L 8K4

    Web http://www.hmcshaida.com/


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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
    Ancaster Old Town Hall

    Please join us for an Informative and Interesting talk with guest speaker Mike Street on the letters, from the Farmer… More >

    Please join us for an Informative and Interesting talk with guest speaker Mike Street on the letters, from the Farmer Family archives, exchanged between a father and his son during WWI. 
    FREE event
     

    Time 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Location 310 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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