Summer Fun for Everyone
Southern Ontario’s Must See Historical Attractions & Destinations
Whether you are a family of 4 or a couple of empty nesters, there are so many historical attractions and destinations to be revisited and discovered for some summer fun in Ontario.
There are a plethora of activities for families and adults to do and experience within Ontario. While we (my hubby and I) do love the beach and amusement parks, we also love history. Some of these places I have visited many times over while others I have yet to go, even though they are (or were) in my own backyard (so to speak).
HMCS Haida National Historic Site
Go on a self guided tour of the HMCS Haida! The HMCS Haida is a WWII Tribal Class Destroyer. It is also Canada’s most decorated warship and the last Tribal Class destroyer in the world!
Location: 658 Catharine Street North, Hamilton, ON L8L 4V7
Hours of Operation: July 1 to August 31, 2017 Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. *Last admission at 4:15 p.m.
Adult $3.90, Senior $3.40, Youth $1.90, Family/Group $9.80 FREE in 2017!
No. 6 RCAF Dunnville Museum
I recently moved to Haldimand County and have been looking for things to do. Being unfamiliar with the area, I have asked area residents and have resorted to google (it’s become my best friend). In my searching for to have a bit of summer fun, I found this amazing museum located in Dunnville, Ontario that preserves artifacts and training aircraft from the No. 6 Service Flying Training School (SFTS). These aircraft were used to train fighter pilots. This airfield was one of 19 SFTS in Canada run by the RCAF as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP).
Location: 536 Port Maitland Road, Dunnville
Hours of Operation: The museum is open weekends and holidays from Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day weekend.
Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm, and Remembrance Day 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Weekday, school and group tours can be arranged.
Cost: No Admission Fees, Donations are accepted
Old Fort Henry
I had lived in Kingston when I was very young. I also have extended family who live in the surrounding areas as well. I remember visiting when I was 9 or 10 (maybe younger). I had such a great time and even as young as I was back then, appreciated the history. Fort Henry is on my MUST VISIT list this summer. There is so much to see, do and take in for the young and the young at heart.
Location: 1 Fort Henry Drive, Kingston, ON, K7K 5G8
Phone: 1-800-437-2233 or 613-542-7388
Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday: 9-5
Cost: Cost varies depending on what program you choose https://www.forthenry.com/tickets/admission-fees/
Fanshawe Pioneer Village
One of the things we love to do is to take a walk back in time. Fanshawe Pioneer Village is one such place that allows us to do that. I took my son here when he was very young (so young he probably doesn’t remember). It’s time we took a walk down memory lane and visit once again. It’s a great day for the family to have some summer fun and learn at the same time.
Location: 2609 Fanshawe Park Rd. E., London, Ontario N5X 4A1
Hours of Operation: May 20th to October 9th, 2017: Tuesday – Sunday and Holiday Mondays (closed regular Mondays), 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
October 10th to December 15th, 2017 (Self-guided tours of site, exterior of buildings.) Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $7.00/person (tax incl.) Children 3 and Under are FREE
White Otter Castle
For those looking for a more adventurous trip then this would be the one for you. If I were a bit younger, I would love to visit this historical site. It houses the only wooden castle in the world.
Location: It can be accessed by float plane or canoe in the summer and by snowmobile in the winter. It is approximately a 40 km trip by canoe and portage starting right in the town of Ignace. When starting a trip from Agimak Lake in Ignace there are 15 portages to White Otter Lake. Maps of the canoe route can be picked up for free at the Tourist Information Centre and Township of Ignace Office, 34 Highway 17 West, Ignace, Ontario.
Unfortunately, time and it’s secluded location is taking it’s tole. Thankfully there is a group of people (The Friends of White Otter Castle) who have taken on the task of keeping this historical landmark alive.
I could list hundreds of amazing places to see and visit. Ontario truly has so much to discover. One of the things that the hubby and I love to do is to take long drives (although we haven’t done that too often because work gets in the way). We love to just get in the car and drive all day long and see what we run into. I’m not talking the highways and byways but the tiny side roads of all the little towns in between. My eyes light up when I see one of those Historical Plaques and signs pointing to a location of some sort of historical significance. We just have to stop and take a look. Even if it is just a plaque, I love reading about the history.
What trips do you have planned for some summer fun? Are any of Ontario’s or Canada’s historical places on your list?
Christine is the proud mother of three (28,27 & 25), a soon to be grandmother and a fur mom to one ‘fur baby’, a dog named Tracker who is never far from Christine’s side. A devoted gardener, during the spring and summer months Christine can normally be found tending to her flower and vegetable gardens. Living in Southern Ontario near Lake Erie, Christine enjoys spending time outdoors, is an avid hiker and fisher, including ice fishing in the winter months.
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