Plan a day trip or easy fall overnight getaway that fresh air fun seekers will love with any of the outdoor adventures below.

 

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    Find Fall Colour By Foot

    Experience Carolinian forest in its colourful fall cloak along Royal Botanical Gardens’ 27 kilometres of walking trails that include over 20 lookouts, seven boardwalks and 21 stream crossings, and Dundas Valley Conservation Area’s 40 kilometres of trails.

    The 2-kilometre Six Nations of the Grand River Nature Trail in Ohsweken takes hikers on a journey through Carolinian forests and is an excellent option for young hikers. Interpretative signs along the route help create an appreciation for Canada’s largest single block of Carolinian woodland.

    Home to what’s believed to be the largest number of unique karst features in any protected area in the province, Eramosa Karst Conservation Area has trails, boardwalks and bridges that encourage exploration of unique geological formations that include a natural dolomitic limestone bridge and one of Ontario’s largest caves.

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    Dundas Peak
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    Explore One of Canada's Unesco World Biosphere Reserves

    The Niagara Escarpment is a Canadian landmark 450 million years in the making. Explore this spectacular ridge of fossil-filled rock by foot or by bike at the region’s many conservation areas.

    Experience the natural wonders of the Niagara Escarpment as well as the cultural heritage of its past at Limehouse Conservation Area. The Bruce Trail and its side trails take visitors through a variety of Escarpment landscapes and even into its geological heart at an area known as the “Hole in the Wall,” where ladders cut through fissures in the rock.

    Terra Cotta Conservation Area is a trail lover’s paradise with a variety of paths that run through forests, fields, lakes and ponds of the Niagara Escarpment’s surroundings and let you experience natural settings close to urban and rural developments.

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    Hike Canada's Oldest and Longest Footpath

    The Bruce Trail winds its way 890 kilometres along the Niagara Escarpment from its southern tip in Niagara all the way to Tobermory. Many Hamilton and Halton conservation areas offer access to the trail.

    Guided Bruce Trail Waterfall Walking Tours feature waterfalls, scenic vistas, Carolinian forests and the natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment on a five-day, four-night tour. The Bruce Trail Iroquoia trip is a great option for those interested in a guided day trip hike.

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    Fall Waterfall Wonder

    Explore some of the hiking trails along the Niagara Escarpment to discover fall waterfall wonders surrounded by beautiful changing foliage. Spencer Gorge Conservation Area, which is home to Tew Falls and Webster Falls as well as the stunning Dundas Peak, requires advance online reservations during the fall colour season. Not too far away, Hilton Falls Conservation Area in Burlington, which is home to another spectacular waterfall, is also requiring online reservations for fall visits.

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    Master Your Mountain Bike

    Kelso Conservation Area’s 29 km of marked mountain biking trails along the Niagara Escarpment allow you to enjoy views of the countryside along the way. Trails are well marked and rated by skill level.

    The Dundas Valley is full of waterfalls, elevation changes and sweet singletrack riding but is best for experienced riders. You’ll need some experience with trail navigation, as the routes are easy to follow using rider-generated maps on AllTrails, but aren’t well marked. You can also get a riding map from Freewheel Cycle, located in downtown Dundas.

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    Two Wheel Cruising

    The HamBur Loop winds 50 kilometres through Hamilton and Burlington, offering recreational cyclists a terrific touring option for taking in some of the area’s most stunning waterfronts and scenic lookouts.

    The 32-kilometre Brantford to Hamilton Rail Trail meanders alongside the Grand River, providing amazing views of rustic fall colours. For a shorter ride, start at Glen Morris and pedal nine kilometres downstream to Paris. Make sure you spend some time exploring this quaint town’s bakeries, coffee shops and restaurants.

    The seamlessly smooth and paved Waterfront Trail connecting Burlington and Hamilton is perfect for parents with trailers and kid seats, as well as little ones learning to pedal on their own. Ride the scenic shorelines of Lake Ontario and enjoy playgrounds, parks and food stops along the way.

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    Ride the River

    Canoe, kayak, or raft the Grand River and enjoy the fall-painted leaves of the surrounding Carolinian forest. Grand Experiences and Grand River Rafting are both great local outfitters that will provide your group with the expert guidance and gear you need for a great trip.


This fall is the perfect time to stretch out your autumn adventure a little longer with an overnight stay. Take advantage of the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit and our StayTripping accommodations offers, which reward you with the added perk of a bonus $50 or $100 VISA gift card!

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Now thru December 14

Artful Moments: Seniors Art by Phone

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm September 28, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 2,...

Now thru December 29

Lights from the Rooftop

Joseph Brant Museum

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

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...

December 27 - January 6

RBG Winter Camps

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Single day: $60 4-day camp (December 27-30): $240 5-day camp (January 2 to 6): $300...

Now thru June 1

FREE Hamilton Waterfront Tour

Tour Guys

47 Discovery Dr, Hamilton, ON L8L 8K4

Now thru December 22

Nith River Forest Hiking Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered daily. Registration required.

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 January 28

Special Exhibition | A Taste of Science

Joseph Brant Museum

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

Joseph Brant Museum is open from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday-Saturday. The special exhibition is included...

December 28 - January 4

Craft and Tour at the Oakville Museum

Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate

8 Navy Street, Oakville, ON, L6J 2Y5

Wednesday, December 28 from 1:30-2:30 and 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, January 4 from 1:30-2:30 and 3-4...

Now thru December 20

Virtual Guided Hike: Fall Edition

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Now thru January 5

The Augmented Reality Holiday Hunt

Oakville Downtown

146 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, ON, L6J 1H4

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