Summer weekends are in short supply. With only 13 of them to enjoy between June 21 and September 22, it’s all about making the most of every moment. How can you tell if you’re making the grade? Checking off these eight activities is a sure sign you’re well on the way to becoming a true Canadian summer weekend warrior.


Serve Butter Tarts For Breakfast

Who says this quintessentially Canadian treat is only for dessert? Kickstart your weekend morning with a sensational sugar rush! Pick up a six-pack of pastry perfection from your favourite bakery. They’re the perfect accompaniment to a strong cup of coffee. Bonus points if you make a break for one of these amazing bakeries for your summer sweet stock up:

Springridge Farm, Milton

The Punch Bowl Market and Bakery, Stoney Creek

Brantwood Farms, Brantford


Create The Great Canadian Cooler

Canadian summer weekends are an excellent opportunity to put a little extra pride in your pint glass. Try these great craft brewery options in HamiltonHalton and Brant. Don’t forget tasty beverages from local wineries and cideries too. Our Like That, Try This Guide To Hamilton Halton Brant’s Beer, Wine and Spirits Scene article has some great summer sipping suggestions!


Deck Out Your Deck

While our American neighbours often show their pride with red, white and blue balloons, banners and bunting, Canada’s colours are perfect for patriotic planters. Stock up on red and white blooms at your favourite nursery or garden centre. Great options include:

Terra Garden Centres in Hamilton, Burlington, Milton and Waterdown

Harper’s Garden Centre in Ancaster

Walter’s Greenhouses & Garden Centre in Paris

Jade Gardens in Milton

Van Dongen’s Garden Centre in Milton


Experiment With A New Family Outing

Shake up your summer weekend routine with a new activity. Why not set out on an afternoon family float aboard an inflatable raft down the Grand River or explore Royal Botanical Gardens’ Cootes Paradise by canoe? To stretch the fun out even farther, take advantage of our summer offers and surprise everyone with an overnight escape.


Switch Up Your Favourite Summer Weekend Sport

Take advantage of summer weather to try out a new-to-you sport like disc golf, pickleball, stand-up paddleboarding or rollerblading. Get all our suggestions for fun summer sports swaps in this article.


Plan A Summer Weekend Surprise

Schedule a few good news surprises into your summer weekends and watch the faces of the kids in your life light up. From breakfast on the beach to a night out at the horse track, you’ll find six easy ways to give them fun they’ll never see coming in this article.


Take In a New View From A Great Canadian Landscape

Did you know that Hamilton Halton Brant is home to Canada’s oldest and longest footpath, a Canadian Heritage RiverCanada’s largest botanical garden AND a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve? The gorgeous views, plants, waterfalls and wildlife you’ll experience on a visit to these amazing places will make you love your country even more!


Squeeze In As Many Sunsets As You Can

Is there anything better than pressing pause on a busy summer weekend to catch a stunning sunset? Read this article for some creative new ways to pack in a few more picture-perfect sunsets this summer.

Looking for even more ways to show and share your love for the Canadian summer weekend? Visit our Pick Pack Go page for more summer adventure inspiration.


Know Before You Go

We’re thrilled that Ontario is reopening and can’t wait to welcome you to Hamilton Halton Brant. 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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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 December 31

Trail Mix

Tourism Brantford

Hardy Road, Brantford, ON, Canada

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...

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 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...

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...

Now thru October 2

Paddle the Beast!

Grand River Rafting Company

119 Jennings Rd, Brantford (Brant Conservation Area)

Now thru September 25

Fit in the Core

450 Nelson Ave, Burlington, ON L7S 1N3

Now thru December 31

Guided Walking Tours in Milton

16 James Street, Milton, ON, Canada

September 24

Contemporary Art Bus Tour

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

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 December 31

Fire Over Water Exhibit at Crawford Lake

Crawford Lake Conservation Area

3115 Conservation Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X3

9am - 7pm.

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 2

We Are Made of Stardust

McMaster Museum of Art

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

Now thru August 16

Intro to Urban Gardening

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

6 to 9 p.m.

Now thru August 17

Paddling in Paradise

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

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

Serial Production

McMaster Museum of Art

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

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

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 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%...

August 24

Sunset Photography

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

6pm - 9pm.

Now thru August 26

Aspire Climbing Summer Camp

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

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 30

On The Water Experience

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cost: $110.00 per person

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...

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 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...

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Tours

28 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Exhibitions

Hamilton Civic Museums

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

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 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

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

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

Now thru August 23

Kelso Mountain Bike Series 2022

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X7

Now thru October 31

Fresh Market Farms U-Pick

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

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 August 28

Sketchbook Sundays

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

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 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 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 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 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...

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 August 26

Summer Camps at the Art Gallery of Burlington

Art Gallery of Burlington

1333 Lakeshore Road , Burlington, ON, L7S 1A9

Now thru August 19

AGH Summer Camp

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Now thru January 31

Downtown Milton Flashback Tour

Downtown Milton BIA

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

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