John Goddard is a former magazine writer and Toronto Star reporter with a curiosity for little-known Ontario wonders. His books include Inside the Museums and, with TVâ€™s Richard Crouse, Rock and Roll Toronto, a cheeky guide to the cityâ€™s rock and roll historic sites. He lives in Toronto.
Dundurn National Historic Site
Inside Hamiltonâ€™s Museums helps to satisfy a growing curiosity about Canadaâ€™s steel capital as it evolves into a post-industrial city and cultural destination. In this special excerpt we visit Dundurn Castle, which once stood as the biggest house in British North America and reflected the outsized personality of its builder, Sir Allan Napier MacNab. Of Hamilton's museums, Dundurn Castle ranks as the biggest and most famous. The grounds host the Hamilton Military Museum, which specializes in the War of 1812. John Goddard takes us on a detailed tour of the historic home, providing fascinating historical background and insight.