22 Days and Ways to Connect to Canadian Culture

Great Canadian Day Tripping Guide #5
Great Canadian Day Tripping Guide #5
Great Canadian Day Tripping Guide #5
Great Canadian Day Tripping Guide #5
Great Canadian Day Tripping Guide #5
Great Canadian Day Tripping Guide #5
Great Canadian Day Tripping Guide #5
Great Canadian Day Tripping Guide #5
Great Canadian Day Tripping Guide #5
Great Canadian Day Tripping Guide #5
Great Canadian Day Tripping Guide #5
Great Canadian Day Tripping Guide #5
Great Canadian Day Tripping Guide #5

Great Canadian Day Tripping Guide #5

Celebrate Canada’s big birthday with 150 Days of Great Canadian Day Tripping – great ideas for red, white and true-ly incredible days and ways to “do Canada 150” throughout the summer and fall.

Why not get started by spending a day connecting to Canadian culture?  Here are ideas for 22 days and ways to help you do just that in Hamilton Halton Brant.

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Day 1: Take in a performance by a Canadian musical artist.

Top Canadian artists are performing all over Hamilton Halton Brant. Whether you prefer classical or country, roots or rock, this is the year to open your ears to homegrown talent and to get to know our live music venues, including Core Entertainment’s Hamilton Place and FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts in Brantford, Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts in Oakville, Burlington Performing Arts Centre in Burlington and Milton Centre for the Arts in Milton.

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Days 2 to 4: Listen in at the Brantford Jazz Festival.

There will be continuous free music at the Brantford Jazz Festival, featuring four stages of world-class entertainment ranging from traditional jazz to Big Band Swing to Spanish Afro-Cuban grooves and Dixieland Jazz. 

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Days 5 to 7: It’s time to Supercrawl.

Supercrawl takes over James Street in Hamilton with three days of free music spread over multiple stages.  Be one of the 130,000 visitors annually who gather to watch over 50 bands. One of the largest free music festivals in Ontario, the festival also showcases large-scale visual art installations, performance art, an artisan market, food trucks and fashion.

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Day 8: Indulge in craft appreciation.

Canadian craft takes over the Art Gallery of Burlington for two months for the first Canadian Craft Biennial. Expect a national master craft exhibition, an emerging craft maker exhibition, as well as a conference, solo exhibitions, and master workshops. 

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Day 9: Immigration stories at the museum. 

From Far and Wide: Tales from a Suitcase, at the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate. uses its suitcase and costume collection and archival documentation to tell stories of immigration from over 150 years as a collective history of becoming Canadian.

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Days 10 to 17: Give kudos to a Group of Seven genius.

Lawren Harris Week celebrates Brantford-born Group of Seven member Lawren S. Harris, and highlights the abundance of cultural assets in the city. The premiere annual celebration promises a week of free, participatory events, as well as the unveiling of a permanent piece of public art. 

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Day 18: Take in trains and technology at the museum.

From May to October, catch a ride on miniature trains, enjoy a free guided tour, and witness the social and mechanical life of Canada's early industrial revolution during Live Steamer Days at the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology.

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Day 19: A feast for the eyes.

Check out the many performing and visual arts venues that are an integral part of the Canadian cultural scene, including the Art Gallery of HamiltonArt Gallery of BurlingtonGlenhyrst Art Gallery, and Theatre Aquarius

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Day 20: Experience Hamilton's live music scene

Hamilton’s live music scene has launched legends like Daniel Lanois, Arkells and Tom Wilson. Step inside the storied clubs and hear the next chapter in Canadian music for yourself at The CasbahThis Ain’t HollywoodMill’s Hardware and more.

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Day 21:  Share the stories that make Canada special.

In July, the Cotton Factory launches a month long exhibition, A Stitch in Time, Peace by Piece, showcasing The Quilt of Belonging. The Quilt of Belonging is a 120-foot long tapestry, comprised of blocks created by either a First Nations person or an immigrant to Canada, and celebrates Canada’s rich and diverse cultural history.

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Day 22: A horti-cultural connection.

This year the annuals displays at Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington will celebrate our nation’s 150th anniversary while exploring multicultural, ecological, historical and sustainable perspectives.

These day trip ideas are just the start of 150 days of Great Canadian Daytripping. Explore more ideas for red, white and true-ly incredible Canadian day trips.



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