Ontario Historic Sites – Best Western Hotels


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Honour Canadian History & Heritage

No matter where you choose to go to in Ontario, you’ll find a handful of historic sites. One of the top concert halls in North America is Ontario’s Aeolian Hall (within a heritage building) that used to be known as London East. This three-time winner of the “Best Live Venue” award has all types of genres graces its stage from country and classical to indie and jazz.

History buffs would be hard-pressed to find a better way to spend a day than to go out to Kingston and explore Fort Henry. This impressive site was built to protect the Kingston Royal Naval Dockyard and monitor maritime traffic. It’s now a popular attraction where the Fort Henry Guard conducts demonstrations of life in the British military as well as tours for visitors.

Soak up Canadian heritage and head to midtown Toronto to see the former home of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt at the historic Casa Loma.

Aeolian Hall

Canadian visitors traveling through the southern region of Ontario should include a stop in London. This city along the Thames River is home to many festivals, museums, universities and historical buildings. One must-see historical building, is Aeolian Hall.

Built in 1884 as a town hall for London East, the building was built in a High Victorian and Italianate style of architecture, featuring biochromatic brickwork and traceried windows. In 1969, the building became a music hall and has remained a premier musical venue ever since.

Whether attending a musical performance or event, or simply touring the building, take your time to learn more about its rich history.

Casa Loma

The populous, global city of Toronto is home to a variety of museums, galleries, performing arts centers, sports venues and attractions. While visiting the Capital City, be sure to include a visit to the Art Gallery of Ontario and Casa Loma.

This beautiful Gothic Revival style castle, known as "Canada's Majestic Castle," was the home for Financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. A team of three hundred construction workers completed this incredible house from 1911 - 1914, at a cost of nearly $3.5 million. It was designed by E.J. Lennox, a local architect who also designed several other Toronto landmarks.

By 1923, Pellatt moved out of the house. In 1937, the Kiwanis Club leased the castle and began offering tours for the public. Enjoy a self-guided tour of this magnificent estate to see the Great Hall, Library, Dining Room, and the Conservatory, and much more. 

Fort Henry National Historic Site

Reconnect with the history of southern Ontario during your next visit to Kingston. Visit the Fort Henry National Historic Site, located on Point Henry at the mouth of the Cataraqui River, on Lake Ontario. This historic fort was built in 1837, replacing the original fort built during the War of 1812.

Once the fort was completed, it protected the Point Frederick naval dockyard, as well as the city of Kingston and the entrance of the Rideau Canal. During a tour of the fort, visitors will see the Commander's Room, Garrison Cells, Officers' Kitchen, Officers' Mess, Soldiers' Barracks Room, and Artillery Displays, among other areas.

Be sure to also tour the on-site Museum to view an impressive collection of British and Canadian military artifacts. Before leaving, browse the selection of items available in the Garrison Store, for a momento of your visit to the fort.

Historic Bovaird House

Plan a visit to the city of Brampton and check out the Historic Bovaird House. Built in 1852, this became the residence of William Bovaird and his wife Mossie in the 1940s. In 1985, this historic home was sold to the city of Brampton for two dollars, by Mrs. Mossie Bovaird. Throughout the years, the home has been renovated to its original appearance.

Visitors to the home enjoy a guided tour to see the period artifacts, memorabilia, decorations, the wooden washing machine and many other items throughout the house. The Map Room contains the original 1859 Tremaine map of the area, and the 1857 Bristow & Fitzgerald surveyor's map of Brampton. It's a premier historic attraction in the Toronto area.