Think you really know Hamilton Halton Brant? This region is full of best-kept secrets, and is home to many wonderful discoveries that can only be found here.

Be they the “only”, the “largest”, the “first” or the “best” in Ontario (and beyond), these points of interest are just some of Hamilton Halton Brant’s claims to fame.

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    Mattamy National Cycling Centre
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    The Only Velodrome of its Kind in Canada

    The Mattamy National Cycling Centre is the only velodrome of its kind in Canada, and only the second in North America that meets top international standards. The facility features a 250-metre timber track and has the same designation velodromes must attain to hold Olympic, Paralympic and elite world championships. “Try the Track” and “Intro to Track Cycling” programs cater to riders of all ages who want to learn to ride specialty track bikes.

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    Home of Canada’s First Tim Hortons

    The Tim Hortons chain was founded in 1964 in Hamilton, when the very first coffee shop opened at 65 Ottawa Street North. Today, Tim Hortons’ first location features a small visitors museum and a replica of the original 1964 sign that once marked the location of this iconic Canadian brand. Ottawa Street is also known as one of Hamilton’s best shopping neighbourhoods, specializing in stores for home décor and do-it-yourself enthusiasts. After your donut, browse for fabric, furniture, antiques and art.

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    Canada’s Only Mediterranean Greenhouse

    The crowd-pleasing Mediterranean Garden at Burlington’s RBG is Canada’s only Mediterranean greenhouse, and the place to see both cork trees and giant cactuses. This indoor garden blooms through the winter with countless cacti, spectacular succulents, and exotic plants of all kinds hailing from far-flung places like Australia, Chile and South Africa.

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    Home of the Oldest Surviving Canadian-Built Water Pumping Engines

    The 150-year old historic Hamilton Waterworks is a civil and power engineering landmark that houses two 70-ton steam powered water pumping engines, thought to be the oldest surviving Canadian-built engines. The building is home to the Museum of Steam and Technology, where you can take a tour and observe these full scale steam water pumps in working condition.

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    Canada’s Largest Botanical Train Display

    A miniature marvel, the RBG’s Botanical Train Show in Burlington boasts 250 feet of track and famous Canadian landmarks constructed from over seven tons of cedar slabs, 3,000 pounds of rock and countless other natural materials. It’s on show every holiday season, which is also the time to hop on the RBG Express, a small train that runs through Hendrie Park. Train lovers round out their day at the Rock Garden Escarpment Train Exhibit, RBG’s newest model train experience that illustrates three eras of locomotive history.

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    Home of the First-Ever Long Distance Phone Call

    Inventor Alexander Graham Bell brought fame to Brantford when he invented the telephone here on July 26th, 1874, and made the first-ever long distance call on August 10th, 1876. The Bell Homestead, which provided the stage for this invention, is a National Historic Site and was restored to appear as it was in Bell’s day. The site has welcomed visitors from around the world – including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – since 1910.

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    Ontario’s First and Largest Electric Railway Museum

    The Halton County Radial Railway has been used for a number of films, TV shows, music videos and commercials over the years using its collection of railcars, work equipment and buses from the late nineteenth century to the mid-1990s and its historic railway station. All aboard for unlimited historic streetcar rides on two kilometres of scenic track, with stops at its famous ice cream shop.

This taste of what makes Hamilton Halton Brant so unique is just a start to discovering the region. Plan more adventures and get inspired with trip ideas for bundling up perfect little packages of Hamilton Halton Brant.

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Now thru January 31

Heritage Workshops

Ireland House Museum

2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON, L7P 5A8

Saturday-Monday from November 14 to January 31. Fee: $30/person

Now thru February 1

A Night with Nickelbrook

Nickel Brook Brewery

864 Drury Lane, Burlington, ON, L7R 2Y4

Order between the hours of 11am-4pm and your order will be ready for pick up...

Now thru April 30

Nith River Forest Hiking Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

Trip offered on Saturday, Sunday or Monday from October 3, 2020 to April 30, 2021....

Now thru March 21

Family Weekend Getaway – Nature’s Escape

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

Trip available on Friday, Saturday or Sunday November 28 to March 21. Cost: $449

Now thru March 13

Ice climbing

One Axe Pursuits

7200 Appleby Line, Milton, ON, L9T 2Y1

Must request Ancaster location. Saturdays 10am to 4pm. $250 per person plus HST.

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