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may 4, 2017

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National Historic Sites, Culture & Heritage Museums

In this Canada150 year, there are lots of opportunities to celebrate Canada’s history and culture. Don’t forget about Ontario’s history though! We’ve been at the centre of a lot of interesting times and there are quite a few excellent Museums, Heritage Villages and Historical Sites which bring the past to life.

Heritage Villages:

article1_may42017.jpgOne of the best ways to understand how people lived in olden days is to visit a heritage village. Most heritage villages include a gathering of original buildings that have been restored and restaged to appear as they did when they were in use the first time. Sometimes, the buildings are actually collected from nearby, and moved to create a village. They often have costumed guides and storytellers to explain what you are seeing, as well as hands-on activities. Here are a few to visit: Westfield Heritage Village, Pickering Museum Village, Waterloo Region Museum & Doon Heritage Village & Lang Pioneer Village Museum.

Historical Sites and Museums

article2_may42017.jpgOntario has many historical sites, which focus on a particular theme or area. We are also extremely lucky to have Doors Open Ontario, where communities open the doors to >1,000 heritage sites for free experiences and activities (April–Oct). You can visit Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site to learn about an extraordinary abolitionist and the Underground Railroad. Meander through the Bytown Museum that tells Ottawa’s interesting story and is housed in the city’s oldest stone building. Or take a walking tour of beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL), starting June 1, to learn its fascinating history. Lambton Heritage Museum exhibits artifacts and tells stories of the Lambton region.

Military History:

article3_may42017.jpgThere were several major battles in Ontario and when you visit Fort George National Historic Site in NOTL, you can visit the oldest military building in Ontario and see what life was like (you can even watch a musket demonstration). The Canadian War Museum explores the wars of First Peoples, the French and the British which shaped Canada and Canadians, as well as those in which Canadians played a role internationally. Royal Canadian Regiment Museum celebrates this famous Regiment and works to enhance the pride that Canadians have in their military and its achievements.

Other Cultures

article4_may42017.jpgCanada is known for its welcoming nature and for its mosaic of cultures. You can learn about other peoples through their food, through neighbourhood tours and through visits to some of their museums. Here are a few to experience: At the Aga Khan Museum, learn about Islamic civilizations & Shia Ismaili Muslim traditions of tolerance & understanding. At the Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum, former Quakers – known as Children of Peace  - founded a society based on peace, equality and social justice & created a dramatic architectural testament to its vision. The Ojibwe Cultural Foundation celebrates Anishnaabek history, custom, cultural practices & belief.


Featured Events

Don Valley Art Club - Canada 150 Art Show & Sale

May 3 - 14, 2017 Todmorden Mills Heritage Site · 67 Pottery Road, Toronto

featuredevent1_may42017.jpgCelebrate Canada’s 150th birthday through art. Browse through 100 new & original artworks all about Canada by 90 talented artists!

Sundays at Westfield

Sundays beginning May 7, 2017. 12:30-4:30
Ancaster, Southwestern Ontario.

featuredevent2_may42017.jpgWatch history come to life! On Sundays, Westfield Heritage Centre  offers guides in authentic costumes to take you back to earlier times and places through fun and educational demonstrations and activities. Buy a sweet at the General Store or walk the beautiful trails and natural areas.

Canadian Tulip Festival

May 12-22, 2017 Ottawa

featuredevent3_may42017.jpgIf you’ve never visited Ottawa during the world-famous Tulip Festival, now’s the time, especially because it’s Canada’s 150th. Started in 1945 after the Dutch Royal family donated 100,000 bulbs to Ottawa, it is now the world's largest tulip festival, displaying over one million tulips in a feast for the eyes.

Featured: Muskoka Heritage Place

featured_may42017.jpgThere’s no shortage of hands-on activities & interesting entertainment for both kids and adults at the Museum. Stroll though the 1880s Pioneer Village or take a ride aboard the Portage Flyer Train. Visit 18 heritage buildings, see farm animals and gardens, listen to costumed storytellers and enjoy the day!



onlyinont_may42017.jpgStones 'N Bones - Natural History Museum
Where can you find some of the largest shark jaws in the world? In Sarnia! This 10,000 sq. ft. Natural History museum houses over 6,000 fossils, gemstones, artifacts, shells, butterflies, insects, Dinosaur & Polar Bear Galleries and, of course, the largest shark jaws in the world.

Print Edition 2017

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