Hamilton is a port city in the Canadian province of Ontario Conceived by George Hamilton when he purchased the Durand farm shortly after the War of 1812 Hamilton has become the centre of a densely populated and industrialized region at the west end of Lake Ontario known as the Golden Horseshoe. Since 1981, the metropolitan area has been listed as the nineth largest in Canada and the third largest in Ontario.This is a view of Hamilton as seen from the "mountain". Actually, the upper part of the city lies situate on an escarpment.
The history of Dundurn is built on the history of the War of 1812, Burlington Heights, where Dundurn Castle now stands, was occupied by the British military from 1813 until 1815 during the War of 1812. The property was turned into a fortified supply depot and was a main staging area for British forces operating in southwestern Upper Canada and the Niagara Peninsula.
In early June of 1813, Major General John Vincent and the Central Division of the British Army took possession of Richard Beasley's picturesque farm on the Heights which served as a place of defense, rest and re-supply for the rest of the war. Faced with an approaching American army 3,500 strong, Vincent and 700 British troops and Native warriors marched from Burlington Heights to surprise and defeat the Americans encamped around the Gage Family homestead at Stoney Creek.
Two decades after the war, the new owner of Beasley's property, Sir Allan Napier MacNab built Dundurn Castle, incorporating some of the surviving military buildings into his new home.
The HMCS Haida is the last remaining example of the 27 Tribal Class destroyers built for the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Navy between 1937 and 1945. It has been said that The Tribals were "magnificent in appearance, majestic in movement and menacing in disposition". Technologically, they represented the most advanced naval architecture, marine propulsion systems and weaponry of their time.
Once, HAIDA was a mighty fighting ship. Today, she is an irreplaceable historic artifact and her significance has been formally recognized by the Canadian Historic Sites and Monuments Board. Not only is the ship historically significant, but she is a cultural asset representing a life style, however transient, of more than a generation of Canadians who served in Canada's Navy between 1943 and 1963. The thousands of men who sailed in Haida represented a total cross section of Canadian society during that period. Today, Parks Canada owns and operates HMCS HAIDA as a National Historic site. Please refer to the Related Web Sites section to view Park's Canada official web site.
Canadian Warplane Heritage
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is a living museum featuring the aircraft used by Canadians or Canada's Military from the beginning of World War II up to the present. The Museum's collection includes aircraft that really fly and several that remain on static display and are interactive workshops.
The museum strives to allow the visitor to experience and interact with our displays. One could climb into the cockpit of a real WWII trainer or a real jet fighter, our Avro CF-100. There are interactive flight combat simulators which will surely test the flight skills of any aspiring aviator. The Museum also offers the visitor an educational experience that will take them back through Canadian history. The Museum has interactive video displays, movies, photographs and memorabilia from Canadian History.
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology
Take a peek into life at the beginning of Canada's industrial revolution. This magnificent example of 19th century public works architecture preserves two 45-foot high, 70-ton steam engines which pumped the first clean water to the city over 140 years ago. One engine operates as a demonstration every day!
The only surviving facility of its time in North America, the museum is a National Historic Site and a Civil and Power Engineering Landmark. These Canadian made engines are the oldest surviving examples in the nation.
The museum offers various permanent and changing exhibits.
Royal Botanical Gardens
For over 80 years Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) has been an ecological jewel at the western tip of Lake Ontario. Conceived and founded through the tireless efforts of early conservationist Thomas Baker McQuesten, RBG lands were set aside to create the region’s first botanical garden. Patterned after Kew Gardens in England, RBG was created to serve as both a regional botanical tourism site and an environmental agency. Designated as a national historical site, RBG is revered world-wide for it’s extensive 400 acres of display gardens. What makes RBG unique is that it also protects and stewards over 2300 acres of environmentally sensitive lands and diverse ecosystems that connect the Niagara escarpment to Lake Ontario.