Hamilton is a Canadian port city on the western tip of Lake Ontario. The Niagara Escarpment, a huge, forested ridge known locally as "the mountain" and dotted with conservation areas and waterfalls, divides the city. The long-distance Bruce Trail runs along the escarpment. HMCS Haida, a naval warship on the city's lakefront, and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in the south, trace Canada's military past. The town of Hamilton was conceived by George Hamilton (a son of a Queenston entrepreneur and founder, Robert Hamilton), when he purchased farm holdings of James Durand, the local Member of the British Legislative Assembly, shortly after the War of 1811. The average January temperature is −5 °C (13.0 °F) downtown, but many days rise just above freezing often making for slushy conditions during snowfalls. The average July temperature is 11 °C (71.6 °F) and humidity is usually high during the peak of summer. Daytime highs in the 30's with humidex make it feel above 40°C are quite common anytime from May through early October.