This year, Ontarians on the hunt for cool new adventures that allow them to take advantage of Ontario’s Staycation Tax Credit don’t have to drive for hours to find their fun. Here are some of our favourite ways to switch up the scenery, enjoy the great outdoors and score some significant savings on accommodations while you’re at it.
“I Want A Getaway That Gets Me Out On The Water.”
When it comes to easy paddling adventures that are close to home, the Grand River really delivers. Outfitters in Brantford and Paris make it easy for inexperienced paddlers to get out on the river for the day without having to invest in their own equipment. Choose between self-guided and guided options.
With nine different rental options, including 12-man rafts, turbo tubes and stand-up paddleboards, Grand River Rafting is sure to have something that floats your boat! Grand Experiences is another great option, who in addition to paddling trips, offers guided hiking and cycling trips along the Grand River.
Pair your paddle up with a stay at an area hotel, and be sure to keep your receipt to claim 20% back on your 2022 income tax return with the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit. Great options close to the Grand River include:
- The Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Brantford
- Home 2 Suites by Hilton, Brantford
- Towneplace Suites by Marriott, Brantford
- Arlington Hotel, Paris
- Hampton Inn & Suites By Hilton, Brantford
- Days Inn, Brantford
“We Want A Getaway That Gives Us An Up-Close Animal Adventure.”
African Lion Safari is back for another spectacular season in 2022. The park’s exclusive Wake Up The Wild experience allows guests to enjoy unrivalled access to the park before it opens to the public, which means you need to be there bright and early. Save yourself the early morning commute by pairing your adventure up with an overnight stay at a nearby hotel. Excellent options nearby include:
African Lion Safari is just one of many animal adventures available in Hamilton Halton Brant. Read our Beyond The Zoo article for even more animal inspiration.
“I Want A Two-Wheeled Getaway That Lets Me Explore A New Area By Bike.”
A multi-day cycling itinerary is a perfect way to get out and explore a new-to-you corner of Ontario. The HamBur Loop is a 50-kilometre cruise that takes riders through Hamilton and Burlington and showcases some of the area’s most stunning waterfronts and scenic lookouts. The route primarily uses pathways, rail corridors and gravel trails, so it’s an excellent option for less experienced cyclists. Cycle-friendly restaurants and hotels located right along the route make it a perfect choice for those looking to combine their ride with an overnight stay. Excellent hotel options on or close to the route include:
- C Hotel by Carmen’s, Hamilton
- City View Inn, Burlington
- Best Western, Burlington
- Comfort Inn, Burlington
- Courtyard by Marriott, Burlington
- Hilton Garden Inn, Burlington
- Holiday Inn, Burlington
- Homewood Suites, Burlington
- The Pearle Hotel and Spa, Burlington
- Waterfront Hotel, Burlington
“I Want a Getaway That Quickly Connects Me With Nature.”
The many hiking paths and conservation areas in and around the Niagara Escarpment make Hamilton Halton Brant an ideal destination for those looking to unplug and retreat into the forest. Read our article on Forest Bathing to discover some of the many benefits of a getaway built around a woodsy walk.
Our Waterfall Walk itineraries make it easy to plan a waterfall-filled wander. Excellent two-day trip options to pair up with our StayTripping hotel deals include:
- The Ancient Gorge Itinerary
- The Urban Passage Itinerary
- Dundas Valley Itinerary
- Great Escape Itinerary
- Hilton Falls Waterfall Hike Itinerary
- Views & Vistas Waterfall Hike Itinerary
“I Want a Getaway That Helps Me Discover A Cool New Hobby.”
If seeking out some new-to-you activities to determine if they could develop into a new passion is on your 2022 to-do list, you’re in luck! Here are five excellent options to consider that you can easily pair with one of our StayTripping hotel deals to create an overnight escape built around the activity.
Ontario’s craft beer scene is booming, and the friendly staff at Hamilton Halton Brant’s growing collection of craft breweries will be thrilled to chat with you about their passion for the pint. After a few days sipping and socializing at the dozens of stops along our region’s True Brew Path, you’ll have a great sense of whether a hoppy hobby could be for you.
You don’t have to make a pricey investment in expensive equipment to see if stand-up paddleboarding is for you. Many outfitters in Hamilton Halton Brant offer both stand-up paddleboard rentals and lessons. Great options include:
Thrifting is hot right now, and whether you’re hunting for antique treasures or hip vintage finds, Hamilton Halton Brant is an excellent destination to try this hobby on for size. Hamilton’s Ottawa Street shopping district is filled with unique shops. Brantford’s Crossroads Antique Market features 75 vendors within a 15,000-square foot space. The Freelton Antique Mall is home to over 200 different vendors.
Are you looking for additional getaway ideas for spring? Check out our Pick, Pick, Go article for helpful tips and tricks for pairing your ideal escape with special savings and fantastic spring events.