When you get too comfortable living in an area, it can be easy not to take notice of the unique characteristics and landmarks that are rooted in its history. Although a city like Burlington may not ignite many thoughts regarding its history, just like anywhere, it too has its stories. Check out the top destinations for history buffs in the Burlington area below and learn more about our famous Canadian city.
Joseph Brant Museum
Joseph Brant was a native Mohawk leader who was renowned as one of the founding fathers of Burlington. He built a home and lived out his remaining years here during the early 1800s. His name may sound familiar for those who drive by the current replica of his 1937 house and the hospital erected in his name, but far too many residents know little about him. But, with a 12,000 square foot expansion planned for the current Joseph Brant Museum, you’ll be able to tour exhibits and artifacts from the early aboriginal and European settlements that intertwine with our history today. The museum is currently closed for construction and is set to reopen in the summer of 2019.
Perched on the Oakridge farms, you can check out one of Burlington’s oldest heritage homes — the Ireland House. This was built back in 1837 and was home to Joseph and Ruth Ireland. This quaint heritage home includes exhibits, demonstrations, and special events that showcase the Irish agricultural roots of the area.
Spruce Lane Farm House
Another popular destination in the Burlington area is the Bronte Creek Provincial Park. This is a good spot to keep an eye on since there’s always something happening here that the whole family can enjoy. You can tour the museum dating back to the 1900s, see and interact with animals on the farm, and attend events hosted throughout the year, like the Maple Syrup Festival, Easter Egg Hunt, Ghost Walks, and more.
If you love anything to do with trains and old railroads, then the Freeman station is another hidden historical gem not to miss. This route used to transport residents from Toronto to Chicago and Buffalo from 1854 to 1988. It’s the only surviving station today which is why it’s been recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Culture and under preservation.
Canadian Naval Ships Memorial Monument
When the weather’s favourable, you can also head out for a self-walking tour. Just swing by the Tourism Info Centre or hop online at tourismburlington.com to get a brochure to guide you. You’ll find walking tours located around the Art Gallery of Burlington, as well as downtown and throughout different neighbourhoods.
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