Signature Landscapes

Hamilton Halton Brant’s true Canadian landscapes are truly amazing. Where else can you paddle a Canadian Heritage River, hike Canada’s oldest and longest footpath, and explore the unique Canadian landscape that is the Niagara Escarpment? This year, get into our great outdoors or take part in homegrown sporting events like our cycling road races and the Canadian Open.

The grand river

The Grand River's gentle currents make it a great choice for first-time paddlers. Area outfitters make it so easy to gear up and go. 

Read about one blogger who organized a group date night rafting down the Grand River.
Read about one family’s tubing adventure on the Grand River.

WATERFALLs

Hamilton, also known as the Waterfall Capital, makes exploring this collection of stunners a breeze thanks to an extensive network of trails and hiking routes.

Guided Bruce Trail Waterfall Walks feature waterfalls, scenic vistas, Carolinian forests and the natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment. You’ll see a total of 19 stunning waterfalls on the 25-kilometre, two-day hike and 28 waterfalls on the 45-kilometre, five-day hike while enjoying delicious meals and luxury hotel accommodation.

Read a Bruce Trail blogger's account of her experience on a Bruce Trail Waterfall Walk.
Read a travel writer's account of his experience on a Bruce Trail Waterfall Walk.

Niagara Escarpment

Forget indoor climbing gyms. Hamilton Halton Brant has access to the beautiful Niagara Escarpment, where anyone from a beginner to an experienced climber can scale up their rock-climbing routine.

Check out 4 ways you can get to the top of the Niagara Escarpment.

CANADA’S LARGEST BOTANICAL GARDEN

Royal Botanical Gardens’ 27 kilometres of walking trails include over 20 lookouts, 7 boardwalks and 21 stream crossings.

Read a blogger’s account of her afternoon of blooms at Royal Botanical Gardens.

The bruce trail

The Bruce Trail winds its way 890 kilometres along the Niagara Escarpment from its southern tip in Niagara all the way to Tobermory. Many Hamilton and Halton conservation areas offer access to the trail.

The Bruce Trail passes through Crawford Lake Conservation Area’s 19 kilometres of colour-coded trails. Read about one blogger’s experience at Crawford Lake with her young family.

Find out about a new app for hiking on the Bruce Trail.

Conservation areas

Whether your interested in camping, hiking, swimming, cross country skiing or just getting a little closer to nature, Hamilton Conservation Authority has it all. 

Enjoy the parks at Conservation Halton year-round, including Kelso Conservation Area that completely changes from a ski hill in the winter to a sports playground in the Summer. 

The Grand River Conservation Authority is home to 7 conservation areas that offer habitat to a wide range of bird, plant and animal species to be explored.  

Here are a few ideas to start the celebrations:

  • Children Mini-Gardens

    Our new Mini-Gardens are helping kids grow! Engage with RBG’s Junior Gardeners Program and see how young minds create horticultural… More >

    Our new Mini-Gardens are helping kids grow! Engage with RBG’s Junior Gardeners Program and see how young minds create horticultural displays.

    Location 680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

    Web http://www.rbg.ca/150-nature


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  • At Home in Bronte, Perspectives & Reflections

    The At Home in Bronte, Perspectives, and Reflections initiative is a creative, interactive public art and place-making enhancement designed to… More >

    The At Home in Bronte, Perspectives, and Reflections initiative is a creative, interactive public art and place-making enhancement designed to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary and welcome new and existing Canadians home to Bronte Village in Oakville. This project will harness community participation and artistic expression to tell the story of both Canada and Ontario’s history in Oakville through the design and installation of individually painted Muskoka chairs along the public pier in Bronte Village, Oakville for the summer of 2017.The project will engage local professional artists, businesses, community groups, families and the community to paint individual Muskoka chairs, using the design of each chair to tell a unique piece of personal or collective history that has contributed to the last 150 years in Oakville, Ontario.

    Web http://oakvillenews.org/bronte-bia-receives-25000-for-canada150-from-province/


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  • A Place to Belong

    It’s the Canada 150 birthday weekend! On Sunday July 2, Hamilton Community Foundation is marking the occasion by inviting you… More >

    It’s the Canada 150 birthday weekend! On Sunday July 2, Hamilton Community Foundation is marking the occasion by inviting you to discover all that Hamilton has to offer. Come out and enjoy close to 50 recreational, cultural, historic, and conservation sites across the city — all for FREE! Have a swim, go for a picnic or enjoy our museums and world class gardens. From Dundas to Stoney Creek, downtown to the mountain, opening doors is just another way that HCF is creating a vibrant, inclusive Hamilton — a place where everyone belongs. Visit www.placetobelong.ca for venue details and programming.

    Email g.diffey@hamiltoncommunityfoundation.ca

    Web http://www.placetobelong.ca


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  • Two Row Wampum

    Looking for a unique First Nations experience? Then register for the annual Two Row on the Grand Paddle in Southern… More >

    Looking for a unique First Nations experience? Then register for the annual Two Row on the Grand Paddle in Southern Ontario. The “Two Row on the Grand” paddle is a symbolic renewal of the Two Row Wampum— the original peace-treaty between native and settler communities. This annual paddling trip allows participants, native and non-native, to build mutual respect and understanding of individual values and culture through friendship. Participants can paddle for one day or numerous days. In the evenings, there will be the opportunity to experience Iroquoian cultural teachings, powwow dancing, storytelling, environmental concerns, treaties and sharing circles. The event starts in Paris on July 20th, 2017 and ends at Port Maitland on Lake Erie July 27th. Participants are welcome to bring their own canoe/kayak... or rent a canoe/kayak. Registration is a must. For more information visit http://www.grandriverrafting.ca/two-row-grand-river-paddle 

    Location 181 Bethel Rd, Paris, N3L 3E3

    Web http://www.grandriverrafting.ca/two-row-grand-river-paddle


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  • Champion of Champions Grand River Pow Wow

    Take part in one of Canada's Indigenous events. The Grand River ‘Champion of Champions’ Powwow is an event that promotes… More >

    Take part in one of Canada's Indigenous events. The Grand River ‘Champion of Champions’ Powwow is an event that promotes rich arts heritage by showcasing our ‘pride’ in music, dance, arts and crafts. Many Native Americans from the United States now participate as well. The forum for this expression in the arts has been coined a “Powwow” and is always presented with the utmost dignity. The event takes place in the open-air, during the afternoon and on into the evening under lights. It has been held at Chiefswood Tent & Trailer Park, on the grounds of the former Estate of the Mohawk Poetess E. Pauline Johnson, at the Six Nations of the Grand River Community.

    Web http://www.grpowwow.ca/


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  • Local Railway Heritage Display

    The Local Railway Heritage Display features a unique model train display that celebrates and depicts the rich heritage of railways… More >

    The Local Railway Heritage Display features a unique model train display that celebrates and depicts the rich heritage of railways throughout Hamilton, Burlington, the Niagara Escarpment, and Lake Ontario shoreline. Shown at the Rock Garden. 

    Location 680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

    Web http://www.rbg.ca/150-exhibitions


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  • Red Hot Jazz and Cool Blues

    Royal Botanical Garden’s live summer concert series returns to beautiful Hendrie Park. An RBG tradition continues with another stunning lineup… More >

    Royal Botanical Garden’s live summer concert series returns to beautiful Hendrie Park. An RBG tradition continues with another stunning lineup of entertainment returning to the Hendrie Park stage. Enjoy a cold drink and BBQ and get set for some award-winning jazz and blues musicians in our lovely garden setting.

    A new lineup every week; check rbg.ca/jazz for the full lineup.

    Time Every Wednesday 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Location 680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

    Web http://www.rbg.ca/musicnights


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