10 Must See Historical Landmarks

Published on June 19, 2017

With Canada’s 150th birthday fast approaching, we reflect on all the little joys that make Ontario so special. From the food we eat, the theatre we watch, to the historical gems tucked away, Ontario is steeped in history and full of ‘must see’ surprises. And who better to ask then those who know our communities inside and out: our MPPs and candidates!

Each of them was asked a list of questions on what makes Ontario unique and the special. Every day leading up to our country’s 150th we reveal their favourites – from eateries, to icons, to the best haunted houses, we’ve got you covered. Feel free to add your recommendation on what you believe makes your community so special.

Today’s list reveals where you can find some of the province’s best hidden historical gems. How many have you seen?

Ontario is filled with multiple historical landmarks and it can be hard to narrow down the list. See if you can make it to each of these historical landmarks before July 1st and experience the deep history that Ontario holds. 


Banting House ~ London.  

Susan Truppe (Candidate for London North Centre)

Banting House, known as ‘The Birthplace of Insulin’ – where Dr. Frederick Banting discovered insulin.”

Little known fact- it was in this house where Sir Frederick Banting woke up at two o’clock in the morning on October 31st, 1920 with the idea that led to the discovery of insulin. 

Terry Fox Statue ~ Ottawa.

Picked by Kinga Surma (Candidate for Etobicoke Centre)


Queen's Park ~ Toronto.

Nina Tangri (Candidate for Mississauga Streetsville)

“Such beautiful history.”

Watson’s Mill ~ St. Manotick.

Picked by Lisa MacLeod (MPP for Nepean-Carleton)

Dundas Town Hall ~ Dundas.

Picked by Ben Levitt (Candidate for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas)

“Filmed in movie and television series including the West Wing!”


Castle Kilbride ~ Baden.

Picked by Michael Harris (MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga)

Little known fact- Built in 1887, Castle Kilbride is the former residence of James Livingston, a Canadian member of parliament, and owner of flax and linseed oil mills. Livingston came to Canada penniless and made his fortune from the many uses he created out of Flax seed.

David Dunlap Observatory~ Richmond Hill.

Picked by Daisy Wai (Candidate for Richmond Hill)


Brock Monument ~ Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Picked by Sam Ooserhoff (MPP for Niagara West-Glanbrook)

“Historical site, beautiful setting.”

Little known fact~Brock monument is the 3rd largest war memorial in Canada built in 1853. It’s dedicated to Major General Sir Isaac Brock, one of Canada's heroes of the War of 1812. In 1929 it was struck by lightning sending huge chunks of it crashing down.

Alderlea ~ Brampton.

Picked by Prabmeet Sarkaria (Candidate for Brampton South)


Black Creek Pioneer Village ~ North York.

Picked by Cyma Musarat (Candidate for Humber River – Black Creek) 

In tomorrow’s countdown to Canada Day: The Ontario Progressive Conservative Caucus and Candidates favourite theatres/venues.