Bench Brewing Company is proudly situated in the benchlands of the Niagara Escarpment. Home to Ontario’s finest agricultural lands, our farmhouse approach to craft brewing will capture the unique terroir of the region just as it does for wine. Breathing new life into the historic Maple Grove Schoolhouse in Beamsville, our site features a three-acre hops field, a barrel-aging and wild ale program, a taproom, beer garden and food kitchen. We invite you to visit our brewery, experience the charm of the region, and taste the beer from wine country.
Located on the waterfront in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, the Bushplane is a national museum that is geared for a whole family experience. The museum caters to both young and old age demographics with amazing exhibits geared to all ages. The CBHC attracts guests from around the region in Canada and the United States, and abroad. We welcome many tour buses through the year with school groups as well as touring buses from across Canada and the United States. We feature 2 award winning movies including Wildfires, a fire fighting adventure in 3-D, flight simulator and hands on exhibits. Trip Advisor Award of Excellence.
Originally, built around 1898, this unique 8-sided barn was built for stabling animals, but was left empty for years until Susanne Spence-Wilkins saw it and made plans of her own.
With a dream to make it “more than a garden centre, more than a store”, Susanne and her team, consisting of family and friends in the community, have created a very special “Garden Inspiration Centre”.
The café is very popular with locals and bike-by guests alike. Every day the kitchen prepares a sandwich made with fresh baked bread, oven-roasted meat and fillings; large or small chef’s salad; a soup made-from-scratch with local ingredients; and a butter tart or piece of pie. The cafe now has an expanded menu and offers free WiFi!
And don’t miss out on the ice cream! Made locally at Shaw’s Ice Cream in Port Stanley. Hand-scooped and delicious.
Cyclists most welcome!
Dundurn Castle: Discover this 40-room Italianate-style villa built in the 1830s on the former site of Burlington Heights; a fortified supply depot established by the British in 1813. Once home to Sir Allan Napier MacNab, railway magnate, lawyer and Premier of the United Canadas (1854-1856) and his family, today Dundurn Castle tells the story of the family who lived above stairs and the servants who lived and worked below stairs to support their affluent lifestyle. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Corn-wall is the museum’s Royal Patron and the great, great, great granddaughter of Sir Allan MacNab. Experience unique and engaging cooking, craft and gardening workshops or custom-design your own for groups of 15 or more. The Kitchen Garden at Dundurn: William Reid was Sir Allan’s gardener for over 25 years. Explore his lovingly restored kitchen garden, where we use 1850’s tools and varieties to grow food for Dundurn Castle’s historic kitchen. Stop by the garden gate for the sights and scents of the 19th century. Hamilton Military Museum: Discover Canadian military history! Investigate the War of 1812, the Rebellion of 1837–38, the Boer War and World War I. See a reconstructed World War I trench, a medals display and our changing exhibit gallery. There is something for everyone, including games for children. The Coach House at Dundurn: Housed in an 1870’s Coach House, this unique, meeting and reception facility can accommodate groups up to 88 people. The Coach House is also home to The Castle Shop, featuring a variety of Canadian handmade crafts, souvenirs and special gifts.
Fieldcote is a cultural heritage centre with an emphasis on the collection, preservation and exhibition of local history, the promotion of fine arts and the celebration of natural heritage through beautiful landscaped gardens and walking trails. Adult workshops and children’s activities are available upon request. The site offers rotating exhibitions featuring art and history, a summer concert series, award-winning pesticide-free gardens and a meeting place for local garden, historical and cultural groups.
Bicentennial 1812 Exhibit: Noose, Knife and Fire: The Bloody Assize
Saturday, March 3, 2012 to Monday, September 1, 2014
“You are to be drawn on Hurdles to place of execution, hanged by the neck but not until dead, cut down while alive and your entrails taken out and burnt before your faces, your heads cut off, bodies divided into four quarters, heads and quarters to be at the King’s disposal.” This exhibit explores Ancaster’s experience during the War of 1812, highlighting the Bloody Assize. Against the backdrop of the re-created courtroom of the former Union Hotel, view giant paintings of the prosecutors and accused, explore the evidence and judge for yourself. Discover the impact of the war on local farmers and residents, amidst the surroundings of an 1812 barn interior.
Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks is the last surviving structure of the original Mohawk Village settlement of 1784 that was settled by Joseph Brant in what is now known as Brantford. Mohawk Chapel, for short, was built in 1785 and today is the oldest surviving church in Ontario and one of three designated Royal Chapel’s outside of the UK. Mohawk Chapel features eight beautiful handcrafted stained-glass windows that tell the story of the Haudenosaunee peoples history. Mohawk Chapel’s Tour Season runs from May until October, open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am until 3pm. In our Off Season we take bookings such as tours, rentals, meetings, events, weddings and more by appointment only. Contact us: [email protected]
Welcome to the Safari Lodge, both a relaxing escape and an exciting getaway! Experience one of Canada’s most unique Bed and Breakfast Inns, offering decadent Lodging with highly personalized service. Spend the day and surround yourself with animal life, immersing yourself in the Zoo World! Then spend the night in the comfortable and quaint Safari Lodge.
The Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum is the largest community museum in Ontario. Our main gallery tells the story of Waterloo Region and our feature gallery showcases local and travelling exhibits from around the world. Waterloo Region Museum is open daily and is the entrance to Doon Heritage Village. Doon Heritage Village is open seasonally from May to December and is a picturesque 60 acre living history village that shows visitors what life was like in Waterloo Region in 1914. One admission price includes entry to the museum exhibit galleries and village. The museum features Hazel’s . The café menu includes local light snack items, including hot and cold beverages. Menu selections vary daily. Vending machines are also available for your convenience. Water fountains are located near the café, on the museum’s patio and in the living history village. You can refill your water bottle at the water fountain located across from Hazel’s. If you want to secure a camera, purse or other valuable items, coin-operated self-serve lockers are available at the Coat Check. We also have bike parking available at the front of the museums main entrance.
A Jewel in Canada’s Crown – One of Our Country’s Forgotten Treasures. We welcome you to visit one of the best examples of Georgian architecture in Eastern Ontario, Canada.
Un joyaux à la couronne du Canada – Un des trésors oubliés de notre pays! Bienvenue, nous vous invitons à visiter un des meilleurs exemples d’architecture de style georgien dans l’est ontarien.
- PLEASE NOTE – The Macdonell-Williamson House will be open weekends during July and August: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Picnic table and rest area available, as is a tap with drinkable water for water bottle refills. Access to washrooms when open.
The Martintown Grist Mill is architecturally significant as a rare surviving example of a substantial, mid-19th century, Ontario grist mill located on the banks of the Raisin River in Martintown. Of the large number of mills built in Ontario in the 19th century, the Martintown grist mill is more substantial than many, being constructed entirely of stone. Comparatively, most Ontario mills were built of wood or a combination of wood and stone. Devoid of an external water-wheel, the Martintown Grist Mill is also notable as an early Ontario mill to take advantage of early turbine style technology that utilized horizontal water-wheels, powered by a water course running through the bottom of the building. Initially appearing in Canada in the 1840s, these internal, submerged water-wheels had the advantage of being unaffected by seasonal floods, low volumes of water and freezing weather, thereby remaining ice free. The Mill has a local history museum and hosts a farmers market and local artist exhibit in the summer on Sundays from 25 June to 17 Sept.
This magical attraction features over 2,000 colourful tropical butterflies floating freely among lush, exotic blossoms and greenery. Paths wind through the rainforest setting, past a pond and waterfall and the Emergence window, where butterflies prepare to take their first flight! The self-guided walking tour of the Butterfly Conservatory begins with a short, informative video presentation that is close captioned for the hearing impaired. While visiting our beautiful Butterfly Conservatory, we encourage you to take lots of photographs. Tripods are not allowed inside the Conservatory. Use a monopod instead! Open year-round except December 25.
The sound is like thunder, the sight awe-inspiring! Take a journey deep below and behind the heart of Niagara and stand in the mist where the mighty Horseshoe Falls tumbles from 13 storeys above! At Journey Behind the Falls, you’ll experience the awesome spectacle of one-fifth of the world’s fresh water crashing down to the basin below. During summer daylight hours, over 2,800 cubic meters of water thunders over the brink every second, travelling 65 kilometers per hour! Your Journey Behind the Falls visit will take 30 to 45 minutes. In the spring and summer months, you’ll receive a free souvenir biodegradable rain poncho as protection from the mist of the Falls. Elevators descend 150 feet through bedrock to tunnels that lead and to the Cataract Portal and the Great Falls Portal which is one third of the way behind the massive sheet of water. Then you walk on to the Upper and Lower Observation Decks at the very foot of the Falls.
Travel back in time 10,000 years to experience the Creation of the Falls. Witness the power and beauty of nature in 4D as the history of Niagara is revealed – you’ll feel like you were actually there when Niagara’s Great Gorge was formed! The temperature will drop. Water will bubble and spray while snow falls all around. Standing on a massive platform you will feel the wrath of Mother Nature as the floor tilts and trembles beneath you. This is Niagara’s Fury! Niagara Parks has recreated the amazing sights and sounds of the Creation of Niagara Falls. Incredible images developed with technology used previously only in satellites and medicine, will immerse you in a 4D Universal Studios-style attraction.
High above the racing Niagara River, you’ll be transported through the air in an antique cable car. Far below, the torrent of water abruptly changes direction and creates one of the world’s most mesmerizing natural phenomenon – the Niagara Whirlpool. Sometimes frightening and always unforgettable! The Aero car was designed by a Spanish engineer, Leonardo Torres Quevedo and has been in operation since 1916. The cable car is suspended from six sturdy cables and offers a wonderful view of the Niagara Whirlpool which is formed at the end of the rapids where the gorge turns abruptly counterclockwise and the river escapes through the narrowest channel in the gorge.
Discover Raging White Water! Take a walk like no other, long a boardwalk at the very edge of one of the world’s wildest stretches of whitewater! Marvel at the relentless power and beauty of nature and see how the deep and narrow Great Gorge was created. Trillions of gallons of water are forced into this accelerating trough – the sight will take your breath away! The White Water Walk photo gallery reviews the stunters and daredevils from years past that tried to conquer Niagara’s dangerous whitewater rapids.