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

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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September 24

Contemporary Art Bus Tour

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Now thru August 17

Paddling in Paradise

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

December 9 - 30

Christmas Evening Tours

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $35 per person. Pre-registration required.

Now thru August 19

Children’s Gardening: Sow and Grow (Ages 5 to 7)

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

Now thru December 31

Trail Mix

Tourism Brantford

Hardy Road, Brantford, ON, Canada

Now thru August 19

Summer Day Camp with Museums Burlington

Ireland House Museum

2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON, L7P 5A8

Please email museumeducation@burlington.ca for more information or if you have any questions.

August 14, 2022

Tricky Trees

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

9am - 12pm

Now thru December 31

Art For Victory

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

9280 Airport Road, Mount Hope, ON, L0R 1W0

Wednesday to Sunday - 9 am to 5 pm. Exhibit is FREE with admission. Regular...

Now thru September 18

Turbo Tubing For Beginners: Five Oaks Trip

Grand River Rafting Company

119 Jennings Road, Brantford, Ontario

$33 per person plus HST Includes turbo tube, paddle, pfd jacket, upstream shuttle ride, map...

Now thru October 2

Paddle the Beast!

Grand River Rafting Company

119 Jennings Rd, Brantford (Brant Conservation Area)

Now thru September 5

Fun Farmyard at Springridge Farm

Springridge Farm

7256 Bell School Line, Milton, ON, L9T 2Y1

$12 +HST weekends and holidays $9 +HST weekdays Admission to Fun Farm Yard is per...

August 18

McMaster Museum of Art: Central Campus Sculpture Tour

McMaster Museum of Art

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

Now thru December 31

Serial Production

McMaster Museum of Art

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

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 August 26

Yoga and Chair Yoga with Hamilton Recreation

Whitehern Historic House & Garden – National Historic Site

41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 1L3

11:00 AM to 11:45 AM

Now thru September 18

Seeing the Invisible at RBG

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Adult: $19.50 Senior: $16.50 Youth/Student: $16.50 Child age 4 to 12: $11.50 Child under 4:...

Now thru December 31

A Day of Play Experience

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

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

Now thru August 19

AGH Summer Camp

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Tours

28 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1

Now thru January 31

Downtown Milton Flashback Tour

Downtown Milton BIA

251 Main Street East, Milton, ON, L9T 1P1

Now thru August 26

Aspire Climbing Summer Camp

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

Now thru August 16

Intro to Urban Gardening

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

6 to 9 p.m.

December 27 - January 8

Winter Break Drop-In Activity Centre: Victorian Toy Makers

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology – National Historic Site

900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton, ON, L8H 7N2

Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Ages: 3+ years Cost: FREE event. Regular museum admission...

August 20

Heirloom Tomatoes Cooking Workshop

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 14 years and older Cost: $55 per person....

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 September 25

Wake Up the Wild

African Lion Safari

1386 Cooper Road, Hamilton, ON, N1R 5S2

Available on select dates from June – September, 2022. Tour subject to availability. Advanced reservations...

August 20

Large Pack Basket Workshop at Chiefswood Park

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cabins are also available for rent for those interested. Time: 9am-4pm Cost: $325 (Half must...

Now thru September 25

Fit in the Core

450 Nelson Ave, Burlington, ON L7S 1N3

Now thru October 18

Walk Through the Seasons

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

No need to pre-register for this FREE event, sign in when you arrive. Wear proper...

Now thru October 31

Fresh Market Farms U-Pick

521 Concession Road 6 East, Hamilton, Millgrove, ON L0R 1V0, Canada

Now thru August 17

Growing Your Own Food: Workshops

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

Fee: $20 per session or $50 for all three sessions + Service Fee (Members 10%...

Now thru June 1

Hamilton Beer Tour

The Beer Tour Company

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

September 10 - 11

Corn Wash Basket Workshop at Chiefswood Park

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cabins are also available for rent for those interested. Time: 9am-4pm Cost: $200 (Half must...

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 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...

August 24

Sunset Photography

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

6pm - 9pm.

Now thru August 26

Summer Camps at the Art Gallery of Burlington

Art Gallery of Burlington

1333 Lakeshore Road , Burlington, ON, L7S 1A9

Now thru September 15

Virtual Guided Hike: Summer Edition

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Fee: $10 + Service Fee. (Members 10% off*) Please pre-register by September 15**

Now thru December 31

Guided Walking Tours in Milton

16 James Street, Milton, ON, Canada

October 28

Steam Museum After Dark – Adult Flashlight Tour 2022

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology – National Historic Site

900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton, ON, L8H 7N2

Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Ages: 14+ years Cost: $15.00 per person. Pre-registration required....

Now thru September 24

Special Exhibition | Beyond Human Limits

Joseph Brant Museum

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

Joseph Brant Museum Tuesday - Saturday - 10:00AM to 4:00PM Special exhibition is included with...

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Exhibitions

Hamilton Civic Museums

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

Now thru September 30

On The Water Experience

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cost: $110.00 per person

Now thru August 23

Kelso Mountain Bike Series 2022

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X7

September 17

Bake, Find, Feast! A Family Friendly Historic Cooking Workshop

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 AM Ages: All Cost: $55 for 1 adult and 1...

Now thru December 31

Fire Over Water Exhibit at Crawford Lake

Crawford Lake Conservation Area

3115 Conservation Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X3

9am - 7pm.

Now thru August 28

Sketchbook Sundays

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

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.

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