Friday, December 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
*Once a property has been designated under Part IV of the Act, a property owner must apply to the local municipality for a permit to undertake alterations to any of the identified heritage elements of the property or to demolish any buildings or structures on the property.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
This is not the first time the dramatic life of Joseph Brant has inspired an artistic work about his life. In 1898, author and member of the Ontario Historical Society J.B. MacKenzie, wrote the play "Thayendanegea: an Historico-Military Drama". If you are interested in reading this play, the Burlington Central Library has a copy in the Burlington History Room. Readers can enjoy perusing it in library.
Monday, April 20, 2009
The city of Burlington has plans to move the old Freeman Train Station, yes, the one that has been "parked" behind the Fairview St. Fire Station for the last four years! Recently City Hall held an open house to showcase 5 possible spots where the station could be moved to - 4 of the 5 are in the core area and belong to the City. Possible "homes" include: land on the lakefront across the street from the Joseph Brant Museum, the north-west corner of the park behind the Burlington Art Centre, the north-east quadrant on the corner of Elgin St. and Brock Ave, Municipal parking lot 5 on Brant St. across from Elgin St. and lastly, the Burloak Waterfront Park.
Friday, April 3, 2009
On April 2nd, the Archives of Ontario opened its doors to its new state-of-the-art home on the York University Campus. This move has been on a gargantuan scale - 53,000 containers, folders and volumes of archival records have been meticulously packed and moved.
For genealogists and historians, the "one big reading room" as staff refer to it, is 75% larger than the old Archives reading room, offers new microfilm readers, more work stations, state of the art viewing booths for sound and moving images, wireless capability and even a lounge for day-long researchers.
Getting to and from the new Archives from the Halton-Hamilton area may not be as easy as to the old location on Grenville Street. Driving won't be too bad, but for public transit users, visiting the Archives won't be as easy as hopping on a Go Train to downtown Toronto. Apparently plans for a rapid transit busway that will shuttle commuters from Downsview Subway Station to the York University campus have now been finalized. This is very good news for those making their way to this exciting new facility.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
The old Valley Inn Road bridge (or better known by decades of local kids, as the clickety-clack bridge) is soon to be closed to car traffic. It will be maintained as a pedestrian throughway, which no doubt local hikers, runners, and cyclists will enjoy more fully without the intrusion of cars. It goes without saying that as a wildlife and nature sanctuary, the closing of the bridge will be seen as a blessing for the area.
It's hard to believe that at one time the Valley Inn Road and bridge served as a major connection for travelers going east from Hamilton towards Toronto, or west towards Dundas. By the late 1800's this route was very busy and the Valley Inn Hotel opened near the west side of the bridge. (Today the City of Hamilton has put an informational marker about the Inn on the site where it stood.) The Hotel was a favourite spot for farmers , who while taking their goods to market, would stop and have a drink. The Hotel was very close to one of the unpopular toll houses (road building was an expensive business) and there are stories of liquored up travelers giving the toll collectors a hard time -there are examples of travelers driving their wagons right through the toll gate and taunting the toll collector to stop them if they could.
The original bridge collapsed in 1964 when a transport truck went over it and the current single lane "Bailey" (military) bridge which was meant to be temporary is the noisy one which has become such a well loved landmark. On a cold sunny weekday morning recently I could barely find a spot to park to take this photograph, and traffic crossing the bridge was brisk, so I would say that interest in the closing of the bridge is high. There are only a couple of months left to drive over the bridge - don't miss out.
How do I find the Valley Inn Bridge? Valley Inn Road intersects York Blvd, just next to the RBG Rock Gardens parking lot. You can drive down Valley Inn Road, cross the bridge and then exit via Spring Gardens Rd (beside Woodland Cemetery) which will take you back out to Plains Road.
Read more about the Valley Inn Hotel in an article from the The Waterdown - East Flamborough Heritage Society, "Vanished Flamborough: The Valley Inn" Part 1 and Part 2.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Photographs courtesy of National Gallery of Canada
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Numerous local heritage organizations will have interesting exhibits for your interest - and there is a wonderful lineup of speakers.
10:30 am - former Burlington Mayor Walter Mulkewich speaks on "Why heritage is important to Burlington"
11:30 am - Elizabeth Crouch, archivist of St Luke's Anglican Church, speaks about 175 years of St Luke's history
12:30 pm - Burlington Post columnist, Don Crossley shares unforgettabe articles
1:30 pm - Joseph Brant Museum curator, Paul Stone speaks about the Frank Wright photograph exhibit
2:30 pm - Ken Cruikshank, local author and historian talks about the "People of the Bay"
This free event takes place at Burlington Central Library (2331 New St) on the first floor in Centennial Hall. Ample parking is available. See you there!