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 October 31

2-Day Bruce Trail Hiking Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Nov 14, 2021 and Oct 31, 2022

Now thru December 31

The Bigger Picture: Art in Hamilton 1950-2000

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Now thru November 28

Grand River Valley Hiking

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Everyday, Saturdays by request Between: May 1, 2022 and Nov...

Now thru December 20

Virtual Guided Hike: Fall Edition

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

November 3 - December 11

FUNHOUSE

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Now thru November 15

Mohawk Run

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Sundays Between: Apr 26, 2022 and Nov 15, 2022

Now thru November 30

Upper Nith River Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Nov 13, 2021 and Nov 30, 2022

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

AGH Youth Community Art Gallery Presents: Phobia

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Online only. FREE.

October 14 - 23

Camper Halloween

Bronte Creek Provincial Park

1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville, ON, L6M 4J7

Now thru December 7

Virtual Adult Studio Class: Mindful Drawing with Tyler VanHolst

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm From September: First Wednesday of Every Month Registration Required

November 12 - December 17

Art of Bonsai

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Every week on Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm from November 12, 2022 until...

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