Couples looking for a different kind of date simply need to turn back the clock. Instead of waiting until evening falls to start the fun, head out earlier in the day and enjoy a few different activities before a romantic evening meal together.

 

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    Date Idea #1

    If your pint at lunch leaves you wanting more, head down the road to Brantford for a stop at the city’s homegrown craft brewery, Bell City Brewery. The friendly folks here will be happy to pour you a taste of their brews in their Tap Room. You’ll also find seasonal selections and creative one-off brews that in the past have included unique flavours combinations like a chocolate and orange porter and a Habanero chili lager. If you’d like to incorporate some other craft breweries into your visit, the True Brew Path showcases the region’s best.

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    Date Idea #2

    For your next stop, spend some time exploring one of Hamilton Halton Brant’s amazing galleries or gardens. Royal Botanical Gardens is the largest botanical garden in the country. Check out the Rock Garden, which was originally built in the 1930s and now boasts a dramatic waterfall. The International Sculpture Garden should also be on your must-see list while you’re there.

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    Date Idea #3

    Oakville’s Gairloch Gardens is another beautiful option for an afternoon stroll with stunning Lake Ontario views. After your walk, head inside to check out the Oakville Gallery’s contemporary art exhibits. When you’re finished at the gallery, spend some time exploring the unique shops of downtown Oakville.

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    Date Idea #4

    If you’d like to see more art, make the short drive to downtown Hamilton and visit the Art Gallery of Hamilton. It’s the oldest and largest public art gallery in southwestern Ontario and has one of the finest collections of art in Canada, featuring over 10,000 works of art including historical European, historical Canadian and contemporary art.

    Afterward, explore Hamilton’s trendy Locke Street district and enjoy a delicious farm-to-table dinner at Earth To Table: Bread Bar.

    If you’d prefer to stay outside, head to nearby Burlington and stroll the city’s beautiful Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail. For some two-wheeled fun, consider renting a bike. Urkai offers Dutch Bike rentals and it’s just a seven-minute cruise to get from their store to the waterfront. Wrap up your day with a delicious meal at Spencer’s at the Waterfront. If it’s a warm evening, request a table on the patio and enjoy an al fresco meal with a stunning view.

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    Date Idea #6

    For a mini-escape with some old-world flair, start your day out in Paris. Enjoy a late morning cup of coffee at Cobblestone Common. This charming little downtown park on Grand River Street North overlooks the forks of the majestic Grand and Nith Rivers. Explore the shops of downtown Paris and then enjoy lunch on the patio at 2 Rivers Restaurant. The restaurant features two new microbrews each month, so be sure to ask your server for the current selection.

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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

Now thru December 31

A Day of Play Experience

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Price: $70.00/person for a group of less than 20; $60.00/person for a group of 20...

Now thru January 8

Victorian Christmas

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON

Closed: Mondays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00...

Now thru January 8

The Living Vault: The Collection and Performance

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

December 17

Family Art Workshop: Holiday Wrapping Paper

Oakville Galleries

1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, ON, L6J 1L6

Family, children ages 6 to 12 year. 1:30 pm - 3pm.

Now thru March 31

RBC Artist In Residence: Nathan Eugene Carson

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Now thru December 31

Explore Paris Like a Local Tour

Tasty Road Trips Food Tours

Paris, Ontario

Visit our website for dates and availability

Now thru January 8

Ride the RBG Express

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Now thru December 15

Artful Moments: Creative Expressions, Brantford

Art Gallery of Hamilton

25 Bell Ln, Brantford, ON N3T 1E1

Thursdays, 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm October 6, 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15

Now thru December 31

Guided Walking Tours in Milton

16 James Street, Milton, ON, Canada

December 27 - March 17

Glen Eden Snow School Core Programs

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X7

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