When it’s time for a change of scenery this fall, it doesn’t get much better than exploring the autumn colours, charming communities and fascinating history of Brant County.

 

  • Stop 1: Downtown St. George

    Start your day with a leisurely brunch stop in the friendly little town of St. George. The Thistle Stop Café’s all-day breakfast is an excellent way to fuel up for the travels ahead. Don’t forget to buy a few of their apple fritters for the road. The recipe they use has been handed down for three generations!

    Drongkowskis’ Farm Market & Deli is another must-stop shop while in St. George. Pack a few of their two-handed sammies for later in the day. Their signature coffee shakes pair perfectly with one of their delicious coconut cream tarts!

  • Stop 2: Brantview Apples & Cider and Howell Road Cider Co.

    Next, make your way to Howell Road for a visit to Brantview Apples & Cider and Howell Road Cider Co. This historic family orchard has ties to a War of 1812 sharpshooter! Pick some apples, try your luck in the eight-acre corn maze and then sample Howell Road Cider Co.’s deliciously dry ciders.

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    Stop 3: Elberta Farms Country Market

    No fall day in the country would be complete without stocking up your trunk with freshly harvested produce. Besides tasty fruits and vegetables, Elberta Farms Country Market offers baked goods, eggs, cheese, honey and more.

  • Stop 4: Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead National Historic Site

    For a fun little hit of history, plan a stop at the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead National Historic Site. The museum’s interpreters will share captivating stories about Hunter Hoodless, an outspoken educator and social reformer who worked tirelessly to release women’s full potential toward social action. Architecture enthusiasts will enjoy taking in the home’s balanced definition, broad Georgian proportion and Gothic revival arch.

  • Stop 5: Paris Plains Church

    While the world’s large cathedrals may get all the glory, there’s something particularly compelling about a small, country church. Paris Plains Church, a quaint cobblestone building, dates all the way back to 1845. Rocks and cobbles from nearby fields were collected by the congregation to create this church for local settlers. While inside tours are not available, visitors are welcome to explore the historic church’s well-kept grounds.

  • Stop 6: The Cobblestone Farm

    For passionate foodies interested in pesticide-free and sustainable farming methods, a visit to The Cobblestone Farm is a must. The farm’s juicy San Marzano tomatoes, 17 varieties of gourmet garlic and eight different types of potatoes will make memorable meals all winter long!

  • Stop 7: Downtown Paris

    Wrap up your day exploring the streets and shops of downtown Paris. Bring along this self-guided walking tour route created by the Paris Museum and Historical Society.  After your walk, shop the town’s unique boutiques for treasures like crystals at Wabi Sabi Crystals, one-of-a-kind art at The Paris Bohemian Gallery and locally sourced Indigenous-made products and more at Hollow Willow.

    After walking and shopping, settle in for a delicious meal at one of Paris’ many fabulous restaurants. Favourites include:


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Oakville Galleries

1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, ON, L6J 1L6

Family, children ages 6 to 12 year. 1:30 pm - 3pm.

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Exhibitions

Hamilton Civic Museums

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

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Edward Burtynsky: Chai

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

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RBG: Storytime

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

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Oakville Museum Guided Tour

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8 Navy Street, Oakville, ON, L6J 2Y5

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Downtown Milton Flashback Tour

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

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RBC Artist In Residence: Nathan Eugene Carson

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

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5234 Kelso Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X7

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The Bigger Picture: Art in Hamilton 1950-2000

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