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

Download Burlington’s Art And The City Tour Guidebook, 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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Now thru August 28

Garden Tour

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

10 to 20 Minutes. 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm.

Now thru December 2

We Are Made of Stardust

McMaster Museum of Art

McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L6

Now thru November 30

Upper Nith River Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Nov 13, 2021 and Nov 30, 2022

Now thru August 26

Aspire Climbing Summer Camp

104 Bronte St N, Milton, ON L9T 2N5, Canada

August 24

Sunset Photography

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

6pm - 9pm.

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 September 4

Historic Garden Tours at Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

FREE outdoor event Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 to 3:00pm. Regular admission rates apply to the...

Now thru December 31

Where Cultures Meet

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

$70.00/person for a group of less than 20; $60.00/person for a group of 20 people...

Now thru June 1

Brant County Beer Tour

The Beer Tour Company

All patrons must be 19yrs of age or older. By booking you are accepting our...

Now thru September 25

Fit in the Core

450 Nelson Ave, Burlington, ON L7S 1N3

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