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Champlain Waterfront Hotel
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Address: 2 Front Street North, Orillia, Ontario, Canada, L3V 4R5

Welcome to the Champlain Waterfront Hotel, an Ascend Hotel® Collection. Near Lake Couchiching. This Orillia heritage boutique hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown and within steps to our expansive waterfront, eateries, shopping, and bike paths. Set out to explore the local area, or venture out on the bike paths to explore Muskoka or enjoy the day strolling along the Port of Orillia boardwalk or take in some shopping in Orillia. Stores include the Mariposa Market Stores, Apple Annie’s Gifts, Crafts & Chocolates, Plum Loco, Manticore Books, Wilkie’s Bakery, Kahuna Surf Shop and Jack & Maddy A Kids’ Store. In the winter season, visitors can enjoy ice fishing, skiing and snowmobile trails in the Orillia area. Guests of this Orillia hotel will enjoy the following amenities: Free WiFi Free parking 100% smoke free environment Fionn MacCool’s Restaurant on site All guest rooms include a refrigerator, 49-inch LCD television, free WiFi, Keurig coffee maker, hair dryer and an iron and ironing board. Enjoy the fireplace in the king fireplace guest rooms. Shuttle service is available on concert nights to Casino Rama. $11 roundtrip per person to and from the casino. Call the hotel directly for more information. A perfect location to enjoy some time away for a romantic getaway, business trip or visiting with friends and family.

Strict COVID-19 safety protocals in effect.

Kingston by Bike!
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Address: 21 Ontario St, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L 2Y2

For quite a few years I have conducted informative and fun bicycle tours, taking visitors from all over the world cycling around Kingston during our tourist season. It is a real pleasure to be able to ride around the city on a beautiful summer day, explaining at intervals why Kingston is such a special place, one so full of history and beauty.

My Downtown Kingston bicycle tour is 3 hours in duration and over the course of our ride you will see many things of natural and cultural interest, including the Queen’s and Royal Military College campuses, parks and the lakeshore trail, harbours and prisons, as well as British Empire landmarks and other buildings of architectural interest. No one has ever had a problem with the 14-kilometre distance, as the route is pretty flat and the pace is leisurely, and I can promise you an enjoyable and memorable experience. The cost for this tour is $35 Canadian per person for groups of 2-3 people, $30 Canadian per person for groups of 4-8 people, tax included.

For those who are more adventurous, I also offer a half-day Kingston Mills Picnic tour that makes its way up to these very impressive first locks on the Rideau Canal, where a tasty lunch will be served as we enjoy this UNESCO World Heritage site. On our way back into town we will stop by Barriefield Village, Fort Henry and the RMC campus. The cost for this tour and picnic is $55 Canadian per person for groups of 2-3 people, $45 Canadian per person for groups of 4-8 people, tax included.

I am a nationally certified Can-Bike cycling skills instructor and have a lot of experience leading group tours. Cyclists wishing to take these tours are strongly advised to wear helmets and must be willing to obey the rules of the road.

To make an appointment for either of my bicycle tours, please e-mail Steve at fractals@kingston.netcreate new email or contact Ahoy Rentals at ahoyrentals.com 613 549 4277. Rental bikes available.

Testimonials:

“Your bike tour was certainly a highlight of our stay in Kingston. Your personality and commentary really brought Kingston alive!! You live in a special part of this world, and your love for the area was contagious.”

Jackie from Cologne, New Jersey

“I did very much enjoy the sights, the history and the introduction to architectural heritage. Mostly, Steve, I enjoyed your enthusiasm for good cycling within the city, and your natural, relaxed approach. It was fun being with you and capturing your spirit.”

Lorraine from Kettleby, Ontario

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Address: 125 Water Street, Gananoque, Ontario, Canada, K7G 3E3

Our museum tells the story of Gananoque’s varied history, from glaciers and muskies to pirates and picnickers! Experience 10,000 years of 1000 Islands history, including exhibits on the: 1000 Islands ecosystem, Indigenous heritage, early settlers, military leaders, and the rich and famous of the Golden Era. Discover the place where past meets present, and relax on our waterfront veranda or browse our unique gift shop.

Ah! Arts and Heritage Centre
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Address: 35 Church Street, Warkworth, Ontario, Canada, K0K 3K0

Set in the old community memorial hall of the scenic village of Warkworth, Ah!’s mission, as a non-profit gallery, is to increase appreciation for local artists and for artists across Ontario and Canada, as well as create awareness for local history and heritage. Stop by any Friday, Saturday, and Sunday between 11am and 4pm to come in and enjoy our current exhibit while on your way biking through beautiful Trent Hills. Exhibits can take fifteen minutes to half an hour to fully enjoy.

Best Western Brantford Hotel & Conference Centre
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Address: 19 Holiday Drive, Brantford, Ontario, N3R 7J4

Stay at the Best Western Brantford, and you’ll be conveniently situated right off Highway 403, and just minutes from the trails. One hour from exciting Toronto and the breathtaking Niagara Falls area, Norfolk County, Port Dover and Long Point.

Want to experience endless outdoor adventure in the Canadian wilderness? The beautiful Grand River runs directly through Brantford and is replete with fantastic sport fishing, adventurous hiking, thrilling canoeing, wildlife watching and so much more.

Inside this welcoming Best Western, guests will find a variety of spacious and well-appointed guest rooms to choose from, including luxury suites in the Walter Gretzky wing. We offer discounted rates for cyclists and all guests enjoy a hot breakfast. Each room at this largest conference hotel provides all the comforts of home and more, in addition to a refreshing indoor pool, relaxing whirlpool, steamy sauna, an on-site restaurant and high-speed wireless Internet access for easy web surfing.

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Address: 2100 Cabot St., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1H 6K1

Visit the historic estate of one of Ottawa’s founding families and spend the day enjoying one of our special  events or programs, exploring the exhibitions with interactive and kid-friendly activities, or discovering the beauty of our well-preserved parkland. The museum is open during the summer on Wednesdays to Sundays, from 10 am to 5 pm.

The museum’s food service is known for both its quality and affordability. Specializing in refreshments and baked goods made from scratch and served overlooking heritage gardens, our food service is a unique addition to the site. The Tea on the Lawn is served during the summer on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, from 11 am until 4 pm, rain or shine. Because we use the freshest ingredients possible, it’s best to contact the museum at 613-247-4830 for the daily menu. **Reservations are recommended to avoid disappointment.**

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Visitez le domaine historique de l’une des familles fondatrices d’Ottawa et passez une journée à profiter de nos programmes spéciaux, à explorer nos expositions remplies d’activités interactives amusantes pour les enfants et à découvrir la beauté de nos espaces verts bien préservés. Le musée est ouvert pendant l’été les mercredis aux dimanches, de 10 h à 17 h. 

Les services alimentaires du domaine sont reconnus à la fois pour leur qualité et leur prix abordable. Ceux-ci se spécialisent dans les rafraîchissements et les pâtisseries maison, servis dans un espace surplombant les jardins patrimoniaux; il s’agit d’une caractéristique unique du site. Le thé sur la pelouse est servi pendant l’été les mercredis, jeudis, vendredis et dimanches de 11 h à 16 h, beau temps, mauvais temps. Puisque nous utilisons les ingrédients les plus frais possible, nous vous recommandons de communiquer avec le musée au 613 247 4830 pour vérifier le menu du jour. **Nous vous invitons également à réserver votre place pour éviter toute déception.**

 

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Address: 267 Edmund Street, Carleton Place, ON, Canada, K7C 3E8

Erected in 1872, this heritage designated building served the community of Carleton Place as the Town Hall and lock-up until 1879, and as Victoria School for 90 years until 1969. The museum is run by the Carleton Place and Beckwith Historical Society with assistance from hte Town of Carleton pLace and the Township of Beckwith.

Opening as the Victoria School Museum in 1985, the name was changed in 2011 to relfect the scope of its collection and its audience.

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Address: 139 Park Street West, Dundas, Ontario, Canada, L9H1X8

The Dundas Museum & Archives is a place where learning about history is an active and social experience, inspiring children and adults to learn more about the many dimensions of our town’s past. Established in 1956, the private, non-profit Museum preserves, interprets, exhibits, and provides access to the artifacts and archives of the people, families, organizations, and businesses in Dundas and area. The Museum is free of charge and located at 139 Park Street West in Dundas.

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Address: 80 Caithness Street East, Caledonia, Ontario, Canada, N3W 2G6

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.

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Address: 64 Sulphur Springs Road, Ancaster, Ontario, Canada, L9G 1L8

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.

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Address: 8 Echo Street, Cayuga, ON, Canada, N0A 1E0

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!

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Address: 900 Brock Street South, Whitby, Ontario, Canada, L1N 4L6

One of the most loved homes in Whitby, Lynde House truly has a delightful story to tell visitors. Be transported through time as you enjoy this Georgian gem, lovingly furnished with artifacts from two amalgamated collections, spanning over 200 years of history in Southern Ontario. 

 

Please visit our website for more information on hours and events.

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Address: 25 rue des Outaouais, Chute a Blondeau, Ontario, Canada, K0B 1B0

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.
Martyrs' Shrine
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Address: 16163 HWY 12 W, Midland, Ontario, Canada, L4R 4K6
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Address: 94 Moore Line, Mooretown, Ontario, Canada, N0N 1M0

MOORE MUSEUM www.mooremuseum.ca Our 12 building historic village engages you in discovering the life and work of past generations. Your heritage journey includes a one-room schoolhouse, log cabin, Victorian cottage, wooden caboose, historic church and more. Popular new features are our early 20th century general store and Lionel model train exhibit room. Self-guiding tour booklets for both adults and children and hands-on activity centres involve all ages in exploring the past. Ramp access and paved walkways make our site accessible and a picnic area invites you to linger. bike rack available and bottled water for sale. Open March & April, 9 am to 4 pm, Mon. through Fri.; May to August, 11 am to 5 pm, Fri. through Tues.; Sept. to mid-Dec., 9 am to 4 pm, Mon. through Fri. (Closed Easter weekend, Victoria Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving and Remembrance Day). 94 Moore Line in Mooretown. 519-867-2020.

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Address: 1240 Northshore Blvd. East, Burlington, Ontario, Canada, L7S 1C5

Museums of Burlington: Joseph Brant Museum and Ireland House at Oakridge Farm are two of Burlington’s learning environments. Both sites represent the history of Burlington in unique and exciting settings. Open: Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm/Sunday: 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Last tour leaves at 4:00 pm. Admission: Adults, $4.50, Seniors & Students $4.00, Children (5-12 yrs) $2.25 Prices include HST. Joseph Brant Museum: Built between 1937-1938 as a replica of the original home of Captain Joseph Brant, Thayendanegea, one of Burlington’s earliest settlers and an important figure in Canadian history, the Joseph Brant Museum is Burlington’s community museum. Through guided tours, changing exhibits, interactive displays, a hands-on discovery room, a new community gallery, educational programming, and special events, Joseph Brant Museum tells the stories relating to the development of the Burlington area complimented by travelling exhibitions that enrich the museum’s dialogue with the community. Ireland House Built between 1835-1837, Ireland House at Oakridge Farm was the home of Joseph Ireland, an English Immigrant and one of Burlington’s earliest settlers. In 1987 the home became a museum and the historic farmstead, now resting on 4.5 acres of original farmland, with its buildings, yards, gardens, and contents is interpreted to three distinct time periods, representing the generations of Ireland family who lived in the house. Visitors enjoy tours of the house by costumed interpreters, exhibits, special events, and participatory activities in keeping with the character and history of the House and the Ireland family.

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Address: 5810 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls, ON, L2G 1S9

Explore the history of the famous city in a beautifully renovated and expanded building by Moriyama and Teshima Architects. There are three large gallery spaces, gift shop, theatre/multi-purpose room, and research room all fully accessible. -Gale Family War of 1812 Gallery- A gallery dedicated to the history of the War of 1812 and the impact of the War on the citizens of Niagara Falls. Visitors will explore the history that changed a nation in vivid colour; with images, artifacts, videos and hands-on experiences meant to put you in the action. -Niagara Falls Community Gallery- Visitors will be immersed in the history of the City, from geological creation of our famous landmark to the daredevils and the stories of the people who made our city. Three interactive stations in this gallery allow visitors young and old to touch Mother Nature, span the gorge and become a daredevil.

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Address: 5810 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls, ON, L2G 1S9

Explore the history of the famous city in a beautifully renovated and expanded building by Moriyama and Teshima Architects. There are three large gallery spaces, gift shop, theatre/multi-purpose room, and research room all fully accessible. -Gale Family War of 1812 Gallery- A gallery dedicated to the history of the War of 1812 and the impact of the War on the citizens of Niagara Falls. Visitors will explore the history that changed a nation in vivid colour; with images, artifacts, videos and hands-on experiences meant to put you in the action. -Niagara Falls Community Gallery- Visitors will be immersed in the history of the City, from geological creation of our famous landmark to the daredevils and the stories of the people who made our city. Three interactive stations in this gallery allow visitors young and old to touch Mother Nature, span the gorge and become a daredevil.

Oshawa Museum
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Address: 1450 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa, ON, Canada, L1H 8S8

The Oshawa Museum (OM) preserves and promotes awareness and appreciation of Oshawa’s history for the education, enrichment and enjoyment of a diverse audience. As the only community museum in Oshawa we take great pride in showcasing the history of our city from the earliest First Nation occupation to the end of WWII. The OM is administered by the Oshawa Historical Society, a not for profit charitable institution, as an external agency of the City of Oshawa. Henry House was the first of the three homes to be restored by the Oshawa Historical Society and was opened as Henry House Museum in 1960. Since then the Museum has grown to include Robinson House (added in 1969) and Guy House (added in 1985). Exhibits include a restores Victorian Era home, a 19th century schoolhouse, and archaeology in Oshawa. We also feature rotating exhibits, so there is something new to look forward to with each visit! We are open year round, and tours are available: July /August Monday – Friday 9am – 4 pm Saturday and Sunday 12pm-4pm September-June Tuesday to Friday 9am – 4pm Sunday 12pm – 4pm Closed Saturdays