8. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Dresden, Ontario
This Ontario Heritage site commemorates the life of Josiah Henson, a slave from Maryland, who escaped to Upper Canada through the Underground Railroad in 1830. He eventually purchased land in Dresden, Ont., and established a settlement that served as refuge for former slaves. Today, the site aims to educate visitors about African Americans who escaped slavery to settle in the area. It features an interpretive centre with 19th-century artifacts from the abolitionist era, as well as the house where the Josiah Henson lived with his family, and the structure that housed fugitive slaves. The site bears the name of the famous novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe because Henson is believed to have inspired the story.