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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June 6 - July 25

Drumming

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

Now thru June 18

Heritage Workshops

Ireland House Museum

2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON, L7P 5A8

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 July 3

Wildflower Walk

Crawford Lake Conservation Area

3115 Conservation Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X3

Meeting Area: Crawford Lake Visitor Centre, Duration: 1 hour, Available: Weekends and holidays, 10AM and...

Now thru June 26

Farmers & Friends

Mountsberg Conservation Area and Discovery Centre

2259 Millborough Line, Campbellville, ON, L0P 1B0

$10 per person + Gate fee - Tickets must be purchased for all members in...

Now thru June 26

Talons and Tailfeathers

Mountsberg Conservation Area and Discovery Centre

2259 Millborough Line, Campbellville, ON, L0P 1B0

Now thru July 27

Z’otz* Collective: Eccentric Coincidence

Art Gallery of Burlington

1333 Lakeshore Road , Burlington, ON, L7S 1A9

June 4 - 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...

Now thru August 19

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

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

June 9 - 30

Perennials for the Home

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

6 to 8:30 p.m.

Now thru May 23

Michèle Pearson Clarke: Muscle Memory

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Now thru June 12

Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour: Renewal Art Show

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

10 a.m. to 8 p.m., last admission is 7 p.m. Admission is included with your...

May 22 - 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 December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Exhibitions

Hamilton Civic Museums

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

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.

June 26

June Wildflower Walk

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

10am - 12pm.

Now thru May 31

Exhibition Tours at AGH

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Thursdays at 6:00 pm Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 pm

July 9 - 10

Children’s Longhouse and Small 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: $225 (Half must...

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 July 3

Habitat Hunt

Mountsberg Conservation Area and Discovery Centre

2259 Millborough Line, Campbellville, ON, L0P 1B0

Price: $10 (age 2 and up) plus gate fee

Now thru June 1

AGH Youth Community Art Gallery Presents: Metamorphosis

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Online only

June 4 - 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 Tours

28 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1

Now thru August 13

All Guilds Show 2022

Art Gallery of Burlington

1333 Lakeshore Road , Burlington, ON, L7S 1A9

August 24

Sunset Photography

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

6pm - 9pm.

August 7

Botanically Dyed Garden Cards

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

10am - 1pm.

July 18 - August 19

AGH Summer Camp

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Now thru May 31

A Taste of Japan

Tourism Burlington

414 LocuStreet Street, Burlington, ON, L7S 1T7

Now thru July 3

Lake to Longhouse Tour

Conservation Halton

3115 Conservation Road, Milton, ON L9T 2X3, Canada

11am - 3pm

July 4 - August 19

Summer Day Camp

Ireland House Museum

2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON, L7P 5A8

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

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...

June 21 - 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**

July 23

Watercolour Fun for Beginners

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

June 12

Medium Longhouse 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: $155 (Half must...

Now thru May 21, 2022

True or False? The Fun Science Exhibition

Joseph Brant Museum

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

Now thru May 31

Discovery Station

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Length: At your leisure.

June 6

P.A. Day Camp (in-person) | Under the Big Top at Joseph Brant Museum

Joseph Brant Museum

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

9am - 4pm, pre-registration required

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...

August 6 - 13

Plein Air in Watercolour

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

Saturdays, August 6 & 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

August 14

Tricky Trees

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

9am - 12pm

Now thru June 20

Virtual Guided Hike: Spring Edition

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

July 16

Learn 10 Trees

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

9am - 12pm

Now thru December 31

Guided Walking Tours in Milton

16 James Street, Milton, ON, Canada

Now thru January 31

Downtown Milton Flashback Tour

Downtown Milton BIA

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

Now thru May 22

Megan Ellen MacDonald

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

20 Ava Road, Brantford, ON, N3T 5G9

May 31 - August 10

Not Just a Birding Club: Sweet Summer Birding

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Fee: $20 / session + Service Fee. (Members 10% off*) Please pre-register 10 days in...

Now thru July 3

Slither & Crawl

Mountsberg Conservation Area and Discovery Centre

2259 Millborough Line, Campbellville, ON, L0P 1B0

Meets in the Cameron Courtyard. *Children must be accompanied by an adult. $10 per person...

June 11 - August 17

Paddling in Paradise

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

June 28 - August 16

Intro to Urban Gardening

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

6 to 9 p.m.

June 2 - August 31

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:...

May 24 - August 23

Kelso Mountain Bike Series 2022

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X7

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...

June 1 - 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 December 31

Serial Production

McMaster Museum of Art

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

Now thru May 29

Margaret Watkins: Black Light

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Tickets required

May 22 - October 2

Paddle the Beast!

Grand River Rafting Company

119 Jennings Rd, Brantford (Brant Conservation Area)

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