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:

  • The Big Freeze

    When did the ice age start? Is it over now or will the ice return? And what happened to all… More >

    When did the ice age start? Is it over now or will the ice return? And what happened to all those ice age mammals? All of these questions are answered this winter at RBG. 20,000 years ago, mammoths, mastadons, camels, giant sloths, short-faced bears, scimitar cats, and lions thrived on the open grasslands of the Yukon. It was the cold peak of the last glacial phase of the ice age. The Big Freeze brings the ice age story home to RBG, with a display of mammoth/mastodon remains that have been recovered in the local area, and artwork that provides a glimpse into the formation of the landscapes of RBG and the environment we see today. Daily family-friendly activities, special presentations and guest speakers make for an exciting experience where visitors of all ages can explore the past and learn about the future at the same time. Stay tuned for a full schedule of activities.

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

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


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  • Around the Bay Road Race

    Hamilton's Around the Bay Road Race is the oldest on the continent, first run in 1894, three years before the… More >

    Hamilton's Around the Bay Road Race is the oldest on the continent, first run in 1894, three years before the Boston Marathon. Rich in tradition, it has been won by the best from around the world, including Boston Marathon winners and Olympic gold medallists. Become part of the continuing tradition by running this challenging course around Hamilton's natural harbour!

     


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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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  • 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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  • Biodiversity Celebration

    Explore Ontario’s natural wonders through guided hikes, animal showcases, demonstrations and many more. Biodiversity Celebration will have a variety of… More >

    Explore Ontario’s natural wonders through guided hikes, animal showcases, demonstrations and many more. Biodiversity Celebration will have a variety of activities guests can enjoy and demonstrations with RBG experts.

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

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


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  • Music in the Gardens

    Royal Botanical Garden’s live summer concert series returns to beautiful Hendrie Park. Tap your feet to jazz and blues music… More >

    Royal Botanical Garden’s live summer concert series returns to beautiful Hendrie Park. Tap your feet to jazz and blues music every Wednesday from and enjoy country and roots music on Tuesdays. We’re celebrating Canada and Ontario’s 150th with some great homegrown talent!

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

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


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  • Mayor's Historical Picnic

    Enjoy an afternoon of family fun on Oakville’s beautiful lakefront at the Mayor’s Historical Picnic in the Park. Everyone is… More >

    Enjoy an afternoon of family fun on Oakville’s beautiful lakefront at the Mayor’s Historical Picnic in the Park. Everyone is welcome at this event hosted by the Oakville Historical Society and admission is FREE! Bring a picnic lunch and lawn chairs. Live music, dancing and family fun in Lakeside Park. This event will celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday. 

    Web http://www.oakville.ca/events/mayor-picnic.html


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  • A day on the Bridge

    On Sunday June 11, 2017 spend A Day On The Bridge with your family, friends and neighbours. Celebrate our magnificent… More >

    On Sunday June 11, 2017 spend A Day On The Bridge with your family, friends and neighbours. Celebrate our magnificent natural surroundings while commemorating Canada’s 150th birthday. Enjoy food, fun, activities, arts and music on the bridge throughout the day, and then a gala fundraising dinner and grand finale celebration to cap off the night. (Ticket Required for Gala). The historic McQuesten High Level Bridge offers a magnificent vantage point from which to view Cootes Paradise, Hamilton Harbour and the Niagara Escarpment.

    Time 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Web http://www.adayonthebridge.ca/


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  • Two Row Wampun

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

    Location 181 Bethel Rd, Paris, N3L 3E3

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


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  • Champions 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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