Ontario Ancestors 2020 Conference and Family History Show has planned some very exciting and interesting tours to round out your conference experience.  If our tour schedule doesn’t work for you, we have also included self-guided tour options. (Tours are subject to change.  You will be notified if your registration is impacted).

Thursday June 4th, 2020

Canadian War Plane Heritage Museum ($40)

Tour Schedule: Bus leaves at 10 am from the Convention Centre and returns about 1 pm.

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum was founded in 1972 and is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to acquire, document, preserve and maintain a complete collection of aircraft that were flown by Canadians and the Canadian military from the beginning of World War II to the present. Our role is to preserve the artifacts, books, periodicals and manuals relating to this mandate. The Museum now houses almost fifty aircraft, an extensive aviation Gift Shop and Exhibit Gallery. 

Friday June 5th, 2020

Dundurn Castle and Tour of Hamilton Cemetery ($40)

Tour schedule (tbd).

Dundurn Castle was completed in 1835 as a home for Sir Alan MacNab, the first Premier of the Province of Canada and restored by the City of Hamilton as a Centennial project. The restoration is to the period when Sir Alan was at the height of his career, the mid-1850s. His 3xgreat-granddaughter is the Royal Patron of the Castle, better known as HRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. 

The adjacent battlements were where the British forces camped during the War of 1812. The guns from that war still overlook Hamilton Harbour. The gardens offer a look at a vintage vegetable and herb garden that served the castle. 

The tour includes admission to the Hamilton Military Museum, adjacent to the Castle. Aside from military memorabilia, this includes a virtual tour of the wrecked schooners Scourge and Hamilton, sunk during a sudden squall (for which the Great Lakes are famous) on 8 August 1913. 

The tour also includes a visit to the Hamilton Cemetery which is the oldest, public burial ground in the city of Hamilton.  During the war of 1812, the British Army required a secure and easily defendable position at the Head-of-the Lake to prevent any American advancement, Selecting the Burlington Heights strip of land as a defensible site; the British constructed a series of earthworks and outpost. The earthworks were left intact at the end of the war and can be seen within the cemetery property.

Native Heritage Tour ($30)

Tour schedule (tbd). 

The Woodlands Cultural Centre was established in October 1972 under the direction of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians upon the closure of the Mohawk Institute Residential School. As one of only a handful of residential school buildings left still standing in Canada, the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School is a physical reminder of the legacy of assimilation imposed upon Indigenous children in Canada

Surrounded by the Carolinian Forest, along the banks of the Grand River, Chiefswood National Historic Site (NHS) is the birthplace and childhood home of renowned Mohawk and English poetess, E. Pauline Johnson.

Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks was the first Protestant Church in Upper Canada, and is now the oldest surviving church in Ontario. A stunning and spectacular feature of the church is the set of eight stained glass windows depicting the great history of Six Nations and their role in Canadian history. 

Other Self-Guided Tours

Tourism Hamilton

Self guided walking tours, walking trails, and guided tours.

Hamilton Civic Museums’ Virtual Tours

Explore over 130 panoramic scenes, 650 clickable hotspots and audio navigation from your home computer or mobile device.

Hamilton Introduction Walk (Self Guided), Hamilton

Download the app “GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities” from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next.