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Glengarry522 Feb 2024 7:33 p.m. PST

… and I was wondering what there is to see for a historical wargamer. I'm thinking bookshops, hobby stores, historic landmarks (like Fort York) and such. Is that Douglas Coupland War of 1812 statue still up? I had a hand in designing it.

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2024 11:45 p.m. PST

Fort York and Meeple Mart. The second isn't really historical, but it's nice to see a place so well stocked. If you have a car, there's a WW2 Tribal class DD (Haida) over in Hamilton (20 miles or so).

It's a lovely city.

DColtman23 Feb 2024 5:03 a.m. PST

Sword and Board link although I am not sure how much they have that is historical.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2024 7:45 a.m. PST

If I ever make it up there, it will be to see the Royal Ontario Museum and the Haida.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2024 8:59 a.m. PST

The Douglas Copeland Statue is still up

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The Royal Ontario Museum is worth a visit, if for nothing else to see the Jackman Toy Soldier collection

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HMS Haida is also IMHO worth a visit as well – Meeple Mart is as noted an interesting shop!

The Royal Canadian Military Institute has a good minis collection and a great library plus an amazing kitchen, but you have to be a member to visit – which I am and if I was in Toronto in April would love to sponsor you, but I will be in the UK

If you don't mind going 2 1/2 hours, Fort Henry in Kingston is a neat visit although the best time to visit it is from May to Sept, when the Fort Henry Guard are there

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Ryan T23 Feb 2024 12:26 p.m. PST

Late last August 2 companions and I flew into Toronto to pick up a car to take back to Winnipeg.

We took in the following in the four days we had in the area. In Toronto we stopped at Meeplemart and Wheels and Wings Hobbies (for the plastic modelers with us). Unfortunately, we had to pass on Fort York.

In Hamilton we went to the HMCS Haida and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. From there out on the Niagara Peninsula with stops at Fort George and the battlefields of Chippawa (1814) and Ridgeway (1866). Lundy's Lane was an option abandoned due to time and Niagara Falls traffic.

While we did stop in the parking lot at Fort Erie it unfortunately was already closed at the time. Perhaps if we had not stopped for a leisurely lunch at an Irish brew pub in Niagara-on-the-Lake…

On our last day we headed out from Hamilton to spend time at the Great War Flying Museum, about 30 minutes north-west of Toronto at the Brampton Airport. The museum offers rides as a rear-gunner in their Sopwith 1 Strutter, but the plane had been grounded that very morning due to a cracked generator mount damn. They do have a very nice museum attached, and in our conversation with the assistant curator it turned out he also had a big interest in the War of 1812… We got invited to see his "collection" at his house, which scuttled a planned stop at Base Borden Military Museum just outside of Barrie.

From there two more days of driving north around Lake Superior with a stop at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre in Sault Ste. Marie.

All in all a week well spent, in spite of being billed for roaming charges on my phone from when we were across the Niagara River from the US side. ???

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