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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.
Downtown Burlington is the heart of the city. Here you’ll find Burlington’s historic centre and our beautiful waterfront park that offers residents and visitors a place to discover, celebrate, play, and relax. From great residential neighbourhoods, shopping, and dining, to arts and culture, business and services and a beautiful waterfront setting, Downtown Burlington has it all.
Built in 1857, Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre, formerly the Caledonia Town Hall and Lock-Up, was designed by noted architect John Turner. Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre presents the history of Caledonia through educational and outreach activities and a number of permanent & temporary exhibits. Of particular note is the original 1857 jail cell and a permanent display highlighting the gypsum mining industry along the Grand River. Local history or family genealogy may be researched in the Gillespie Clark Reference Library. The library contains books, files and documents relating to Caledonia’s rich history. The archive holds a collection of surviving editions of the Grand River Sachem from 1856 to the present day.
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.
The Glengarry Pioneer Museum is a community-based non-profit organization which acts as a steward for the heritage of Glengarry, the first county in Upper Canada. The Museum is committed to presenting and communicating the unique stories of pioneers to this area in an engaging and professional manner. The surrounding area is ideal for cycling and the Museum has a dedicated, secure compound for storing bicycles.
Overlooking the Grand River, under a canopy of majestic oak trees in the Courthouse Park, the Haldimand County Museum and Archives preserves and presents Haldimand’s rich and diverse heritage for the public. Our gallery offers something fascinating and new, with ever-changing historical exhibits.
Also on-site is an authentic log cabin, dating to 1835. Originally located on the Old Plank Road near Caledonia, the cabin was once home to the Nicholas Family, early settlers to the area. Now the building is a perfect setting for interpreting the struggles and rewards of pioneer life. The archives are a valuable resource for researchers and hobbyists alike, with an extensive collection of family histories, local histories, newspapers, church records, cemetery transcripts, census records, some birth, marriage and death records, and much more. Microfiche/microfilm readers and Internet access are available to visitors to maximize the response to their research queries. If unable to visit, museum staff can be hired to do the research! Special events and programs are held year-round at the museum, making it an ideal destination for family outings whether traveling from near or far. Contact the museum for more details. And finally, the beautiful grounds make a lovely spot for a picnic, complete with picnic tables and scenic surroundings. We hope to see you soon!
Witness the social and mechanical life of Canada’s early industrial revolution. Housed in Hamilton’s first Waterworks, this National Historic Site preserves two 70-ton steam engines, perhaps the oldest surviving Canadian-built engines.
With an existing network of trails, direct access to the lush Copeland Forest, a lift access bike park and over 800km of pristine paved roads, Horseshoe Resort’s cycling program takes full advantage of its natural assets. Plans are already underway to expand Horseshoe’s current biking trails, with a total of 20km of mixed cross-country and downhill terrain expected for completion mid-summer. The planned addition of a pump track will be ideal for honing fundamental cycling skills such as balance, agility, coordination and speed. Guests and visitors both young and old are encouraged to learn and grow their cycling abilities at Horseshoe. Whether pushing off for the first time or taking on a new cycling challenge, Horseshoe Resort’s program provides varying degrees of difficulty and terrain. Once children master the basic, they can test out and hone their technical skills and endurance on the faster-paced cross-country terrain. More experienced riders will enjoy the network of lengthy forested trails and downhill runs of the lift access bike park. Two Ontario Cup cycling events are planned for 2013, making trails suitable for even the most proficient cyclists. The paved roads in Oro-Medonte Township provide excellent conditions for road cycling, and as a testament to the quality, Centurion Cycling events are staged from Horseshoe Resort.
Sue-Ann Staff is an internationally acclaimed, award winning winemaker vinifying wines on her family’s 200 year old estate in Jordan, ON on the brow of the Niagara Escarpment. Clay soils with limestone rock not far beneath contribute to producing single vineyard premium VQA wines full of minerality, intensity and longevity. Enjoy!
The Hintonburg Public House located at 1020 Wellington Street West in Ottawa is somewhere everyone feels welcome to enjoy high quality micro brews, wine and food at an affordable price.
The menu is an exciting rendition of traditional pub fare and comfort food all made in house from scratch using local ingredients.
With a cozy atmosphere, up beat music and easy going staff the HPH is the type of place you will feel right at home.
Hamilton is a cycling-friendly community offering a vast selection of scenic bicycle routes and trails that combine off-road, multi-use paths and on-street dedicated bike lanes, with varying terrain, hills and degrees of difficulty.
Well-signed, GPS-mapped bike routes guide cyclists along Hamilton’s beautiful Waterfront, through lush forested escarpment trails, past some of Hamilton’s well-known waterfalls, amidst rural farming communities, and right into the heart of the city.
Bike racks, repair kits/stations as well as local and regional cycling information are all amenities that are found at our certified bicycle-friendly businesses, including restaurants, attractions, breweries and accommodations.
Discover one of the finest examples of an intact historic home in Canada. Three generations of the McQuesten family lived at Whitehern from 1852 until 1968. Among the last generation were six children who never married. In 1959 the three surviving members of the family bequeathed the home to the City with all its original possessions. It contains elements from many time periods – Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian – dating up to 1939 when the Honourable Thomas McQuesten was Minister of Highways. Explore the heritage of Victorian ideas and possessions that influenced life at Whitehern on the eve of W.W. II.
Bike rack located behind City Hall, across the parking lot from Whitehern.
The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of rural education, the heritage of the surrounding community, and the memory of poet Wilson Pugsley MacDonald. Step into a classroom of 1925… when the Union Jack waved over the schoolhouse… classes started with “God Save the King”… and penmanship was practiced using straight pens and black ink. Lyric poet Wilson Pugsley MacDonald (1880 – 1967) was born in nearby Cheapside and published works, including “Out of the Wilderness”, and a “Flagon of Beauty.”