Hamilton Halton Brant is a region full of best-kept secrets and plenty of our sights and events are the “only”, the “largest”, the “first” or the “best” in Ontario, in Canada, and beyond. From natural wonders to not-to-be-missed events, you’ll want to check out our newest list of some of Hamilton Halton Brant’s claims to fame.

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    The Waterfall Capital of the World

    Niagara Falls may get all the glory, but we think there’s strength in diversity and sheer numbers. With well over 130 falls and cascades to brag about within its city limits, Hamilton is known as the Waterfall Capital of the World. The Niagara Escarpment cutting through the middle of the city provides the best possible setting for falls of all shapes and sizes, from the crashing waters of Webster’s Falls, to the 120-foot pour into the Devil’s Punchbowl, to the steady tiered cascade of Princess Falls. Waterfalls are found all along the Niagara Escarpment in Hamilton, including the communities of Dundas, Ancaster and Stoney Creek.

  • 2

    Canada’s Most Decorated Warship

    Canada’s proud history of wartime naval service is vividly on display aboard the legendary HMCS Haida, a Tribal class destroyer that served in the Second World War, the Korean Conflict and the Cold War. Dubbed ‘Canada’s most fightingest ship’ because she sank more enemy naval and merchant vessels than any other Allied warship, this famous Royal Canadian Navy ship now proudly rests in Hamilton, where visitors can explore its historic decks on guided tours.

  • 3

    The World’s Largest Lilac Collection

    The world’s largest collection of lilacs can be found in Burlington at the Royal Botanical Gardens, which features more than 800 varieties of this fabulously fragrant flower. The Katie Osborne Lilac Collection in the Lilac Dell displays over 745 plants and 600 species and cultivars of common lilacs, making it one of the most diverse to be experienced anywhere on the planet. The best time to plan to visit this National Historic Site for this springtime favourite is late May during the Lilac Celebration, when the scent and colour of the flowers is at its peak and special tours and demonstrations are on offer.

  • 4

    The Only Operational Lancaster in North America

    The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton is the only place in the world where you can fly in a Lancaster. At this living museum featuring the aircraft used by Canada’s Military, a flight in one of the most famous Allied bombers of the Second World War offers history buffs the thrill of a lifetime. In addition to the Avro Lancaster, the museum offers flights in the B-25 Mitchell, Fairey Firefly and PBY Canso.

  • 5

    One of North America’s Largest Pow Wows

    The Six Nations Champion of Champions Pow Wow, near Brantford, includes traditional regalia, drumming, singing, and a dance competition with over 400 participants, plus crafts and food booths. About 15,000 people get a taste of native culture at the annual two-day Pow Wow event, held the last weekend of July at Ohsweken. Dancers come from across North America to compete for the title ‘Champion of Champion’.

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    RBC Canadian Open
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    Canada’s Most Celebrated Professional Golf Event

    First played 115 years ago in 1904, the Canadian Open is the third oldest continuously running tournament on the PGA Tour, after The Open Championship and the U.S. Open. This year’s tournament will be played in June at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, Harry Shapland Colt’s parkland masterpiece that sits along the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious golf clubs in the country, and is consistently ranked among Canada’s best courses with winding fairways, multi-elevations and undulating greens.

 

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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December 10

Cook Like a Chef: A Southern Christmas

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West Burlington, L7T 4H4

December 10, 2020 at 6:30 pm Fee: $55/person (RBG Members 10% off*) + Service Fee

June 15 - July 3

Ring Of Fire

Theatre Aquarius

190 King William Street, Hamilton, ON

Various Prices; Weekdays Tuesday to Friday 7:30 pm shows Saturday 1:30 Matinee; Evening 7:30 show...

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – Hamilton & Scourge War Ships

Hamilton Civic Museums

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

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 December 31

Virtual Tour – Griffin House

Griffin House – National Historic Site

733 Mineral Springs Road, Ancaster, ON, L9H 1A1

Now thru December 31

AGH at Home

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Some activities are free while others have a cost attached to the link.

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – Hamilton Children’s Museum

Hamilton Children’s Museum

1072 Main Street East Hamilton, Ontario L8M 1N6

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – The Hamilton Military Museum

The Hamilton Military Museum

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

64 Sulphur Springs Road, Ancaster, ON, L9G 1L8

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