Ready to explore some wide-open spaces this spring? Hamilton Halton Brant’s got a relaxed, rural side you really need to get to know! Whether you opt for a day trip or an overnight adventure, you’ll return home feeling rurally recharged after any of these trips.

Rural Retreat Idea #1:
The County of Brant’s Craft Breweries and Cideries

Whether sipping on a pint on the patio overlooking the acre-long pond at Flux Brewing Co., taking in the spring orchard views at Howell Road Cider Co., or enjoying a flight on the on-site hops farm at Steelwheel Brewery, you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Discover ten more reasons to sip the day away in Brant County.

Howell Road Cider Co.

Rural Retreat Idea #2:
A Woodsy Walk Amongst Waterfalls

Melting winter snow and rainy days make spring the perfect time to go off the grid and set out on a waterfall wander. If you’d prefer to have someone else take care of all the details, Grand Experiences’ guided Bruce Trail Waterfall Walks are a great option. Available in both a two-day and five-day option, these packages include the services of an interpretive guide, hotel accommodation, fabulous meals and transportation to and from the trailheads each day.

If you’d rather be your own guide, our Waterfall Walk itineraries are a helpful resource for planning your trip:

The Ancient Gorge Itinerary

The Urban Passage Itinerary

Dundas Valley Itinerary

Great Escape Itinerary

Hilton Falls Waterfall Hike Itinerary

Views & Vistas Waterfall Hike Itinerary

Smokey Hollow Falls

Rural Retreat Idea #3:
Get Garden-Ready

Hamilton Halton Brant’s fabulous greenhouses and garden centres make for a spectacular escape on a sunny spring day. Great options include:

Terra Garden Centres in Hamilton, Burlington, Milton and Waterdown

Harper’s Garden Centre in Ancaster

Walter’s Greenhouses & Garden Centre in Paris

Jade Gardens in Milton

Van Dongen’s Garden Centre in Milton

Turn your green thumb galivant into an all-day adventure with this Halton Hills Gardening Road Trip itinerary.

Jade Gardens

Rural Retreat Idea #4:
Hit The Hay on a Farm Stay

Rural vacation rentals are a great way to unwind and get a taste of what country living is all about. Some Hamilton Halton Brant options to check out include:

Green Acres Cabin and Green Acres Farmhouse in Waterdown

Puddicombe Estate Country Caboose Farm Stay in Winona

Five Star Hay Loft in Milton

Heart’s Content Organic Farmstead in the County of Brant

Green Acres

Rural Retreat Idea #5:
Take Your Pick Of The Patch

Ontario’s strawberry season is short, so plan ahead to know just where to head when those tasty red berries are ripe. A trip to a pick-your-own strawberry patch is a perfect way to spend a country day. Excellent Hamilton Halton Brant options include:

Lindley’s Farm and Market in Ancaster

Brantwood Farms in Brantford

Josmar Acres Farm Market in Lynden

Murphy’s Country Produce in Binbrook

Stonehaven Farms in Campbellville

Andrews Farm Market in Milton

Lindley’s Farm and Market

Rural Retreat Idea #6:
Set Out on a Barn Quilt Quest

Barn Quilts are large pieces of wood painted to look like a quilt block. Some Barn Quilts replicate famous traditional quilt patterns. Other Barn Quilts tell a story about the community, the region’s history, or the property where they hang. Brant County is home to over 30 different Barn Quilts located on private and public properties throughout the county. Exploring country roads while searching them out is a pleasant way to spend an art-filled afternoon. Get tips for packing a perfect picnic to bring along in our Beyond The Basket article.

Download a map of Brant County’s Barn Quilt locations.

Barn Quilt in Brantford

Turn up the spontaneity factor this spring with an afternoon road trip, family adventure or romantic weekend away. Borrow one of our pre-planned trip itineraries, or build your own perfect escape incorporating our latest crop of deals, the season’s best festivals and events, and area tours and experiences. Whether you’re finding fresh air fun, getting a taste of our region’s food and craft beverage scene, catching some live entertainment, or exploring our small towns and urban centres, you’ll quickly discover that Hamilton Halton Brant sparkles in the spring.

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Now thru March 3

Firepit Experience at Ridge Road Estate Winery

Ridge Road Estate Winery

1205 Ridge Road, Vinemount, ON, L8J 2X5

Dates: Jan 27th to Mar 3rd Available at 12:30pm, 2:00pm and 3:30pm Experience Price: With...

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 January 1

Museums Burlington Online Galleries

Joseph Brant Museum

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

Now thru March 2

Movies and the Museum!

Joseph Brant Museum

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

Dates: Every Saturday, Dec 2nd, 2023 - Mar 2nd, 2024 Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm Ticket...

Now thru March 17

Taste of Downtown Milton

Downtown Milton, Main Street East, Milton, ON, Canada

Dates: Feb 23rd to Mar 17th Prices: Menu ranges from $15 - $65, with most...

Now thru December 31

Road to the Ridge: Taste of the Escarpment

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 December 31

Music Bingo at Flux

Flux Brewing Company

185 Oakland Rd, Scotland, ON N0E 1R0

Date & Time: January 17th (1st bingo night of the year) $5 cover to join

Now thru March 28

Special Exhibition: Sound, Just Sound

Joseph Brant Museum

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

Date & Time: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm Ticket Price: included with regular admission...

March 16

The Joy of Birding (Intermediate)

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Date & Time: Mar 16th, 9:00am to 12:00pm Fee: $20.00 (+$1 Service Fee & HST,...

March 11 - 15

Mars Camp

Centre francophone Hamilton

56 Mulberry Street, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2C7

Dates: Mar 11th to 15th Camp Price: Per Day - $60.00 Full Week - $200.00

July 10 - August 4

Adventures in the Valley Summer Camp

Dundas Valley Conservation Area, 650 Governors Road, Dundas, ON, Canada

Dates & Times: July 10th - 14th July 17th - 21st July 24th - 28th...

Now thru May 20

Space to Spoon

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

9280 Airport Road, Mount Hope, ON, L0R 1W0

Date: Feb 8th to May 20th Opening Hours: Wed to Sun, 9:00am to 5:00pm Admission:...

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