Canadian Military Heritage
Whether you’re retracing the steps of soldiers on a War of 1812 battlefield, reading the letters exchanged between World War I veterans and their loved ones, climbing aboard Canada’s most decorated war ship or taking the controls of a supersonic CF-101 Voodoo jet, your military heritage experience in Hamilton Halton Brant will put you in the centre of the action.
Heritage Sites & Attractions
Battlefield House Museum & Park, Stoney Creek
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.
Canadian Military Heritage Museum, Brantford
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.”
Joseph Brant Museum, Burlington
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. The exhibition, “Burlington Heroes: Honouring 200 Years of Our Military Heritage (1812-2012)”, opened on Canada Day, 2013.
Southwest Ontario Barn Quilt Trail
Explore this unique route and discover stories of community through colourful Barn Quilts, large decorative murals painted on large pieces of signboard that are either mounted on a barn or other building that use the art of quilting blocks to depict something in the history of the family, building, or community, including key events and people related to the War of 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.
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