Canada's Founding Families
In addition to its rich First Nations history, Hamilton Halton Brant has also welcomed a diverse range of early Canadian settlers over its storied past. Today, the stories of those families live on through beautifully preserved heritage sites, heritage festivals and special events.
Delight your senses in a historic kitchen garden where servants once picked vegetables for dinner. Feel the incredible pride of ownership inspired by the simple home purchased by an African-American slave who escaped from a Virginia plantation in the late 1820s. Costumed interpreters and interactive programming at our collection of historic homes and museums will give you a glimpse of early Canadian culture.
Heritage Sites & Attractions
Visit the birthplace and childhood home of Mohawk poetess E. Pauline Johnson. This wonderful historic house and museum features a selection of original furnishings and Johnson family artifacts.
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.
Dundurn National Historic Site, Hamilton
This cultural heritage centre collects, preserves and exhibits local history and promotes the fine arts and the celebration of natural heritage through beautifully landscaped gardens and walking trails.
Prominently situated in a walled garden, Whitehern is an outstanding example of a 19th-century urban estate originally owned by a wealthy industrialist.
Westfield Heritage Village, Rockton
Ireland House at Oakridge Farm, Burlington
This historic site reflects farm life over four generations with tours, educational programs and special events hosted all year round.
Guided tours, permanent and changing exhibitions, interactive displays, a hands-on discovery gallery, educational programming and special events tell the important story of the historical founding settlement and development of the Burlington area.
Learn about and experience early Canadian life in this ten-room Georgian homestead that was home to four consecutive generations of the Good family, who originally emigrated to Canada from Ireland.
Explore Oakville’s heritage through year-round guided tours and exhibitions, special events and workshops on the historic grounds of Erchless. The estate was once home to six generations of Oakville’s founding family.
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