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.

Andrews Scenic Acres

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.


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. Don’t forget the accommodation portion of tours like this is eligible for Ontario’s Staycation Tax Credit.

If you’d rather be your own guide, our Waterfall Walk itineraries are a helpful resource to plan your trip. Pair any of the following itineraries up with one of our StayTripping hotel deals for an incredibly easy-to-execute escape:

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 sunny spring escape. 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.


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:

Lindleys 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.

Are you looking for additional getaway ideas for spring? Check out our Pick, Pick, Go article for helpful tips and tricks for pairing your ideal escape with special savings and fantastic spring events.


Know Before You Go

We’re thrilled that Ontario is reopening and can’t wait to welcome you to Hamilton Halton Brant this spring. As a few of our region’s tourism partners may take some additional time to return to their pre-pandemic operating capacities and protocols, feel free to reach out to the places you plan on visiting in advance to confirm that they’re ready to serve you in the way you’re expecting.

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Now thru June 1

AGH Youth Community Art Gallery Presents: Metamorphosis

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Online only

Now thru December 31

Guided Walking Tours in Milton

16 James Street, Milton, ON, Canada

June 4 - September 25

Wake Up the Wild

African Lion Safari

1386 Cooper Road, Hamilton, ON, N1R 5S2

Available on select dates from June – September, 2022. Tour subject to availability. Advanced reservations...

Now thru June 18

Heritage Workshops

Ireland House Museum

2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON, L7P 5A8

Now thru August 13

All Guilds Show 2022

Art Gallery of Burlington

1333 Lakeshore Road , Burlington, ON, L7S 1A9

May 24 - August 23

Kelso Mountain Bike Series 2022

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X7

September 10 - 11

Corn Wash Basket Workshop at Chiefswood Park

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cabins are also available for rent for those interested. Time: 9am-4pm Cost: $200 (Half must...

Now thru July 3

Habitat Hunt

Mountsberg Conservation Area and Discovery Centre

2259 Millborough Line, Campbellville, ON, L0P 1B0

Price: $10 (age 2 and up) plus gate fee

July 9 - 10

Children’s Longhouse and Small Pack Basket Workshop at Chiefswood Park

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cabins are also available for rent for those interested. Time: 9am-4pm Cost: $225 (Half must...

Now thru July 3

Slither & Crawl

Mountsberg Conservation Area and Discovery Centre

2259 Millborough Line, Campbellville, ON, L0P 1B0

Meets in the Cameron Courtyard. *Children must be accompanied by an adult. $10 per person...

Now thru August 28

Garden Tour

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

10 to 20 Minutes. 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm.

Now thru May 31

Discovery Station

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Length: At your leisure.

August 7

Botanically Dyed Garden Cards

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

10am - 1pm.

July 16

Learn 10 Trees

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

9am - 12pm

Now thru May 23

Michèle Pearson Clarke: Muscle Memory

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Now thru July 3

Lake to Longhouse Tour

Conservation Halton

3115 Conservation Road, Milton, ON L9T 2X3, Canada

11am - 3pm

Now thru October 18

Walk Through the Seasons

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

No need to pre-register for this FREE event, sign in when you arrive. Wear proper...

Now thru August 19

Children’s Gardening: Sow and Grow (Ages 5 to 7)

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

May 22 - October 2

Paddle the Beast!

Grand River Rafting Company

119 Jennings Rd, Brantford (Brant Conservation Area)

Now thru May 29

Margaret Watkins: Black Light

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Tickets required

June 9 - 30

Perennials for the Home

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

6 to 8:30 p.m.

June 6

P.A. Day Camp (in-person) | Under the Big Top at Joseph Brant Museum

Joseph Brant Museum

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

9am - 4pm, pre-registration required

Now thru July 27

Z’otz* Collective: Eccentric Coincidence

Art Gallery of Burlington

1333 Lakeshore Road , Burlington, ON, L7S 1A9

Now thru July 3

Wildflower Walk

Crawford Lake Conservation Area

3115 Conservation Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X3

Meeting Area: Crawford Lake Visitor Centre, Duration: 1 hour, Available: Weekends and holidays, 10AM and...

July 23

Watercolour Fun for Beginners

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

June 6 - July 25

Drumming

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

July 4 - August 19

Summer Day Camp

Ireland House Museum

2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON, L7P 5A8

Please email museumeducation@burlington.ca for more information or if you have any questions.

Now thru May 21, 2022

True or False? The Fun Science Exhibition

Joseph Brant Museum

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

Now thru December 31

Art For Victory

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

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

Wednesday to Sunday - 9 am to 5 pm. Exhibit is FREE with admission. Regular...

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Tours

28 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1

June 26

June Wildflower Walk

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

10am - 12pm.

Now thru December 31

Serial Production

McMaster Museum of Art

McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L6

Now thru September 5

Fun Farmyard at Springridge Farm

Springridge Farm

7256 Bell School Line, Milton, ON, L9T 2Y1

$12 +HST weekends and holidays $9 +HST weekdays Admission to Fun Farm Yard is per...

June 1 - August 17

Growing Your Own Food: Workshops

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

Fee: $20 per session or $50 for all three sessions + Service Fee (Members 10%...

August 24

Sunset Photography

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

6pm - 9pm.

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Exhibitions

Hamilton Civic Museums

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

Now thru June 12

Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour: Renewal Art Show

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

10 a.m. to 8 p.m., last admission is 7 p.m. Admission is included with your...

June 28 - August 16

Intro to Urban Gardening

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

6 to 9 p.m.

Now thru May 31

A Taste of Japan

Tourism Burlington

414 LocuStreet Street, Burlington, ON, L7S 1T7

Now thru January 31

Downtown Milton Flashback Tour

Downtown Milton BIA

251 Main Street East, Milton, ON, L9T 1P1

Now thru June 26

Talons and Tailfeathers

Mountsberg Conservation Area and Discovery Centre

2259 Millborough Line, Campbellville, ON, L0P 1B0

June 12

Medium Longhouse Basket Workshop at Chiefswood Park

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cabins are also available for rent for those interested. Time: 9am-4pm Cost: $155 (Half must...

June 4 - September 24

Special Exhibition | Beyond Human Limits

Joseph Brant Museum

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

Joseph Brant Museum Tuesday - Saturday - 10:00AM to 4:00PM Special exhibition is included with...

August 20

Large Pack Basket Workshop at Chiefswood Park

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cabins are also available for rent for those interested. Time: 9am-4pm Cost: $325 (Half must...

May 31 - August 10

Not Just a Birding Club: Sweet Summer Birding

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Fee: $20 / session + Service Fee. (Members 10% off*) Please pre-register 10 days in...

June 21 - September 15

Virtual Guided Hike: Summer Edition

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Fee: $10 + Service Fee. (Members 10% off*) Please pre-register by September 15**

June 11 - August 17

Paddling in Paradise

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

July 18 - August 19

AGH Summer Camp

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Now thru May 31

Exhibition Tours at AGH

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Thursdays at 6:00 pm Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 pm

Now thru June 26

Farmers & Friends

Mountsberg Conservation Area and Discovery Centre

2259 Millborough Line, Campbellville, ON, L0P 1B0

$10 per person + Gate fee - Tickets must be purchased for all members in...

May 22 - September 18

Turbo Tubing For Beginners: Five Oaks Trip

Grand River Rafting Company

119 Jennings Road, Brantford, Ontario

$33 per person plus HST Includes turbo tube, paddle, pfd jacket, upstream shuttle ride, map...

August 14

Tricky Trees

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

9am - 12pm

August 6 - 13

Plein Air in Watercolour

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

Saturdays, August 6 & 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Now thru May 22

Megan Ellen MacDonald

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

20 Ava Road, Brantford, ON, N3T 5G9

Now thru June 20

Virtual Guided Hike: Spring Edition

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

June 2 - August 31

Seeing the Invisible at RBG

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Adult: $19.50 Senior: $16.50 Youth/Student: $16.50 Child age 4 to 12: $11.50 Child under 4:...

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