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 Hamilton, Halton 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 River, Canada’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.