Fort York has Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings and is also the site of the Battle of York which took place in 1813. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Fort York is open year-round and offers tours, exhibits, period settings, and seasonal demonstrations. During our visit we enjoyed watching students representing the Canadian Fencible Regiment demonstrate military music, drill, musketry and artillery.
The Plymouth Barbican is steeped in history, from the Pilgrim Fathers who set sail aboard the Mayflower Ship in 1620 from the Mayflower Steps, and several Tudor and Elizabethan buildings, to the famous Plymouth Gin Distillery.
After wandering around we discovered a new little bike/coffee shop called Rockets and Rascals and stopped for a break.
If I didn’t get enough of a fix of the 1920s last night watching The Great Gatsby at the cinema, then I definitely did today.
Today is Victoria Day, a public holiday in Canada celebrating Queen Victoria’s birthday, so today we decided to take the Skytrain to the Burnaby Village Museum. The village is both a themed attraction and a professional museum, and visitors are able to stroll through the village and experience what life was like in the 1920s. Actors wear costumes from the era and give demonstrations in the homes, businesses, and shops that you are allowed to wander freely into and, there is also a working carousel that was built in 1912.
I discovered recently, only a few blocks from my apartment, there is a 2.23 acre park surrounded by several beautiful heritage houses. These houses date back from the 1890s to 1908. Today I went to wander round the square and entered the Roedde House Museum, where I was given a history and guided tour of the heritage house.
The house was built in 1893 by Gustav Adolph Roedde and his wife Matilda. Born in Germany they moved to Vancouver in 1886 opening a bookbinding and printing company, and they occupied the house for 32 years with their 6 children and 2 St. Bernard dogs.