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 December 31

Ghost Walks: Dundurn Castle and Bus Tour

Ghost Walks

Dundurn Castle, 610 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON L8R 3E7, Canada

A Bus/Tour Guide of Hamilton Museums and a scary heritage tour of Dundurn Castle. The...

Now thru December 31

The Downtown Flashback Tour

Downtown Milton BIA

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

Free of charge

November 1

Botany and the Ecology of the Tea Plant

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Online from 12:15pm - 12:45pm. Pre-registration required. Fee: $10 (RBG Members 10% off*) Sign up...

October 7

Glenhyrst Gardens Walk

20 Ava Rd, Brantford, ON N3T 5G9

Date & Time: Oct 7, 10:30am Starting at the front north parking lot of Glenhyrst

Now thru December 31

Team Building Activities

studio k2

156 Parkdale Ave N, Hamilton, Ontario L8H 5X2

Contact the studio directly to schedule

Now thru December 31

A Taste of Paris – Sip, Savour & Shopping

Tasty Road Trips Food Tours

Paris, Ontario

Tour Details: This tour includes three tasting locations with timed stops to make your day...

Now thru December 31

Teen & Adult Art Workshops with Stephanie Schirm

Williams Mill Creative Arts Studios

515 Main Street, Glen Williams, ON, L7G 3S9

For more information please contact: E: T: 647-261-7055 W:

Now thru December 31

Cocktail Class

Manns Distillery

581 West Street Brantford, Ontario

Book on your own time

Now thru December 31

Portfolio, Teen and Adult Classes at the Tenaglia School of Art and Portfolio Building

Williams Mill Creative Arts Studios

515 Main Street, Glen Williams, ON, L7G 3S9

Contact to book. E: T: 905-873-3220 W:

Now thru December 31

Scavenger Hunts

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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


Now thru October 31

Yoga with Goats

Triple C Farm

500 Carluke Road West, Ancaster, ON, Canada, L9G 3L1

Yoga with Goats - $35 per class +HST. Special Event Yoga with Goats - $40...

Now thru October 31

Introduction to Spey Casting and “Swung Fly Presentation ”Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead Techniques – 4 hour course

Fly Water Guiding

17 Alexander Avenue, Paris, ON N3L 2V6

Maximum of two casters, individual lessons recommended. Prices for the Five Hour Course with equipment...

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