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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    Grand River
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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.


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Now thru December 31

Explore Paris Like A Local – A Sweet Escape

Tasty Road Trips Food Tours

Paris, Ontario

Tour Details: This tour is a 4.5 hour all-inclusive self-guided tour with all food, sips,...

Now thru September 17

Datenight Painting for 2 at Studio K2

studio k2

The Cotton Factory, DyeWorks Building, 9 Landsdowne Avenue, Hamilton

Date & Time: Third Saturday every month, 7:00pm - 10:00pm Workshop Price: $135/couple +HST includes...

Now thru January 1

Woodland Cultural Centre – Self Guided Museum Tour

Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON, N3T 5V6

Now thru November 15

Grand Experiences: Grand Voyageur

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River Street North, Paris

Dates and Times: Offered every day, starting at 9:00am or 1:30pm - book ahead! Price:...

July 13 - August 18

Pick Your Own Blueberries at Pleasant Berry Blueberry Farm

Pleasant Berry Blueberry Farm

445 Ellis Ave, Brantford, ON N3R 0B8

Picking Season: mid-Jul to mid-Aug Call ahead to ensure picking is available!

Now thru October 17

Full Moon Beach Yoga

Ontario Staycation Adventures

1100 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, ON L7S 1A7, Canada

Dates and Times: May 23rd, Jun 20th, Jul 21st, Aug 19th, Sept 17th, Oct 17th...

June 18 - July 15

Strawberry picking at Brantwood Farms

Brantwood Farms

Brantwood Farms North, 89 St George Rd, Paris, ON N3L 3E1

Dates: Approx. Jun 18th to Jul 15th Hours: 8:00am to 6:00pm Cost: $17.00/4L basket

June 26 - October 2

Bronte Historical Society Walk & Talk History

Bronte Village BIA

Sovereign House, 7 West River Street, Oakville

Dates: Jun 26th, Jul 10th, Jul 24th, Aug 7th, Aug 21st, Sep 4th, Sep 18th,...

Now thru October 13

Chiefswood National Historic Site Tours

Chiefswood National Historic Site

1037 Highway 54, Ohsweken, ON, N0A 1M0

Dates and Times: May 21st to Oct 13th (Tues-Sun) - 10:00am to 4:00pm Cost: Self...

Now thru October 13

On The Water with Six Nations Tourism

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON, N0A 1M0

Season Dates: May 18th to Oct 13th Length: 3 hours. All tours must be booked...

Now thru October 29

Grand Experiences: 4-Hour Guided Tour

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River Street North, Paris

Date & Times: Every day, starting at 9:30am Price: varies depending on choice of boat

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