Historic Homes in Ontario
Hillary House gets its name from the Hillary family that lived there from 1894-1992. Before that, two other families lived in and practiced medicine from the home! There’s lots of family history within the walls of Hillary House, with almost all of our collection being items that have always been on site and belonged to the Hillary family.
Although the history of Hillary House and the Hillary family is special and unique to our site, there are other Historic Homes with rich histories of those who lived there all across Ontario and Canada. Plenty to explore! We compiled only a few of the many beautiful historic homes in Ontario to share and encourage others to visit and support these sites. Immerse yourself in the various time periods, families, cultures, and architecture of these historic homes below.
Hillary House was designated a National Historic Site due to it being one of the best examples of Gothic Revival Architecture in Ontario! Within the walls of Hillary House lives over 100 years of medical history, history of those who lived in the home, and the history of Aurora. We love this local gem and hope to welcome visitors on a tour of the house and the grounds this summer. Hillary House even has a grass tennis court you can use!
See where seven generations of the Jones family chose to call home and immerse yourself in
A Victorian home that has been nationally recognized for its magnificent interior.
Discover the story of Senator George T. Fulford and his grand mansion
Built in 1848 -McQuesten family home for three generations, from 1852-1968
Birth place and Childhood Home of E. Pauline Johnson
Spadina Museum, named from an Annishnaabemowin word ishpadina (“highland” or &...
The Maison François Baby House features exhibitions on French and War of 1812 history.
Experience a guided tour of this early 19th century homestead once home to the Gage family...
Eldon House was lived in for 125 years and remains as a time capsule in London, ON.
Nelles Manor Museum hosts tours, teas, commemorations of local historical events, ghost tours and more!
The Manor contains original wood works, fittings and many Nelles family items. I was lovely restored over 40 years from eight apartments to a family home, which was then donated to the community as a heritage house museum in 2016.
By early 1915, The McLaughlins had achieved “First Family” status in Oshawa and purcha...
Aurora, Ontario to Oshawa, Ontario
50 Great Saves: The Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act
Duncan, British Columbia to McAdam, New Brunswick 10 places
In 1990, the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act came into effect after years of lobbying with the help of the National Trust for Canada. The act has granted over 150 railway stations federal legal protection across the country including the Duncan train station in Duncan, BC and the McAdam Railway Station in McAdam, New Brunswick.
Atlantic Canada’s Hidden Histories
Shelburne, Nova Scotia to Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia 35 places
geocaches that demonstrate the rich, diverse histories of Atlantic Canada.
Halifax, Nova Scotia to Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia 9 places
The geography of Black urban Halifax and Windsor encompassing the waves of Black migration
The Hidden Black Cityscape
Saint Marys Parish to New Brunswick 15 places
Explore Fredericton’s early Black history. Often missing from the modern cityscape.