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.

Grand River

“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:

“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.

African Lion Safari

“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:

“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:

“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.

Craft Beer

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.

Stand-up Paddleboarding

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:

Burlington Beach Paddle Boarding


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.

Know Before You Go

We’re thrilled that Ontario is reopening and can’t wait to welcome you to Hamilton Halton Brant this spring. As a few of our region’s tourism partners may take some additional time to return to their pre-pandemic operating capacities and protocols, feel free to reach out to the places you plan on visiting in advance to confirm that they’re ready to serve you in the way you’re expecting.

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Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Exhibitions

Hamilton Civic Museums

Throughout the City of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2K1

Now thru December 31

Serial Production

McMaster Museum of Art

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

Now thru December 17

Art of Bonsai

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Every week on Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm from November 12, 2022 until...

January 11 - 18

Learn to Knit at the Museum

Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate

8 Navy Street, Oakville, ON, L6J 2Y5

January 11 and 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. Fee: $41.24 (+$5 Material Fee) Registration...

Now thru June 1

FREE Hamilton Waterfront Tour

Tour Guys

47 Discovery Dr, Hamilton, ON L8L 8K4

Now thru January 8

RBG: Discovery Station – Plants of the Holidays

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Now thru January 8

Victorian Christmas

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON

Closed: Mondays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00...

January 3 - 6

Winter Break Camp | Four Seasons at Joseph Brant Museum

Joseph Brant Museum

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

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 December 31

Explore Paris Like a Local Tour

Tasty Road Trips Food Tours

Paris, Ontario

Visit our website for dates and availability

Now thru December 31

Camping with Toronto West KOA

Toronto West KOA

9301 Second Line, RR #1, Campbellville, ON, L0P 1B0

Deluxe Cabin Village is open year round. Tent and RV camping seasonally May to October.

Now thru January 18

Mohawk Institute Residential School Virtual Tour

Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON, N3T 5V6

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