Slip on some comfy shoes and head out for a day of creative ways to blend an art experience with some fresh air and sunshine in Hamilton Halton Brant.

Must-See Sculptures in Burlington

Access the online Burlington Art And The City Tour downtown public art walking tour, grab an iced coffee and spend some time taking in the outdoor sculptures near downtown Burlington’s waterfront. Don’t miss these local favourites:

  • Lady of the Lake, located in Spencer Smith Park, is said to represent the mysterious female who gave King Arthur his magical sword, Excalibur. The sculpture symbolizes Burlington’s relationship with Lake Ontario. It was a gift to the city in honour of Burlington’s centennial.
  • A Space Composition Rebecca is a sizeable orange aluminum sculpture located outside the Art Gallery of Burlington. The sculpture explores the interplay between mass and void in defining space. The sculptor, Haydn Llewellyn Davies, was inspired for this piece by a trip to Stonehenge and several visits to Japan.
  • Alumina, also outside the Art Gallery of Burlington, was inspired by late eighteenth-century French Sevres vases and Renaissance Mediterranean apothecary jars.

While in Burlington, plan a visit to Royal Botanical Garden’s International Sculpture Collection, a permanent collection in Hendrie Park. The statues include works commissioned by artists from Canada, the United States, Ireland, Spain and Africa. Be sure to experience RBG’s Earth Art installations and Legacy Art pieces during your visit.

The Barn Quilts of Brant County

Barn Quilts are large pieces of wood that have been painted to look like a quilt block. Some Barn Quilts replicate famous traditional quilt patterns. Other Barn Quilts tell a story about the community, the region’s history, or the property where they hang. Brant County is home to over 30 different Barn Quilts located on private and public properties throughout the county. Exploring country roads while searching them out is a pleasant way to spend an art-filled afternoon. Get tips for packing a perfect picnic to bring along in our Beyond The Basket article.

Download a map of Brant County’s Barn Quilt locations.

Hamilton’s Hip Urban Street Art Scene

For art lovers looking for colourful works with a strong sense of place, Hamilton’s downtown core delivers. Plan your route by previewing photos of the many different murals here. Load the online map onto your phone, put on a pair of comfortable walking shoes and spend a few hours exploring Hamilton’s creative side.

Modern Outdoor Artworks in Brantford

The art collection at Glenhyrst Art Gallery in Brantford showcases unique modern sculpture throughout the gardens, including Life Mound by V. Jane Gordon, 11 from two by Ryszard Litwiniuk, and Meg’s Pause by David Hind.

Looking for more autumn art inspiration? Check out these suggestions for live art events, artsy adventures and top performing arts venues.

This fall is the perfect time to stretch your artsy day away into an overnight stay. In addition to scoring savings with the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit, stays booked that take advantage of our StayTripping accommodations offers reward you with the added perk of a bonus $50 or $100 VISA gift card!

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December 11

Museum Christmas Tour

Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate

8 Navy Street, Oakville, ON, L6J 2Y5

1:30-2:30 and 3-4 p.m. Fee: $6.22

Now thru December 7

Virtual Adult Studio Class: Mindful Drawing with Tyler VanHolst

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm From September: First Wednesday of Every Month Registration Required

Now thru December 31

Guided Walking Tours in Milton

16 James Street, Milton, ON, Canada

Now thru June 1

Downtown Hamilton Walking Tour

Tour Guys

36 Hunter St. E., Hamilton, ON L8N 3W8

Now thru January 28

Special Exhibition | A Taste of Science

Joseph Brant Museum

1240 North Shore Boulevard East, Burlington, ON, L7S 1C5

Joseph Brant Museum is open from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday-Saturday. The special exhibition is included...

December 27 - March 17

Glen Eden Snow School Core Programs

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X7

Now thru December 15

Artful Moments: Creative Expressions, Brantford

Art Gallery of Hamilton

25 Bell Ln, Brantford, ON N3T 1E1

Thursdays, 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm October 6, 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15

Now thru January 8

The Living Vault: The Collection and Performance

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Now thru November 19

Bruce Trail Iroquoia Day Trip

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Apr 16, 2022 and Nov 19, 2023

Now thru January 18

Mohawk Institute Residential School Virtual Tour

Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON, N3T 5V6

Now thru December 7

Oakville Museum Guided Tour

Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate

8 Navy Street, Oakville, ON, L6J 2Y5

Tuesday to Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. General admission by donation (Suggested $7 per...

Now thru December 14

Artful Moments: Memory Care

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Tuesdays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm September 28, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 2,...

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