Here are some ideas to help nature newbies and family fun seekers get started in our great outdoors in Hamilton Halton Brant.

  • 1

    An easy paddle down the Grand River

    The Grand River‘s gentle currents make it a great choice for first-time paddlers. Area outfitters make it so easy to gear up and go.

  • 2

    Walking Canada’s oldest footpath, the Bruce Trail

    The Bruce Trail winds its way 890 kilometres along the Niagara Escarpment from its southern tip in Niagara all the way to Tobermory. Many Hamilton and Halton conservation areas offer access to the trail, which has plenty of walking options for less than avid hikers.

  • 3

    Floral forays at Canada’s largest Botanical Garden

    It’s not quite walking on the wild side, but Royal Botanical Gardens’ 27 kilometres of walking trails include over 20 lookouts, 7 boardwalks and 21 stream crossings.

  • 4

    Get close to nature at our conservation areas

    Whether you’re interested in camping, hiking, swimming, cross country skiing or just getting a little closer to nature, Hamilton Conservation Authority has it all. You can enjoy the parks at Conservation Halton year-round, including Kelso Conservation Area, which changes from a ski hill in winter to sports playground in summer. The Grand River Conservation Authority is home to 7 conservation areas that offer habitat to a wide range of bird, plant and animal species.

  • 5

    An ideal cycling route for the whole family

    The seamlessly smooth and paved trail connecting Burlington and Hamilton along the waterfront is perfect for parents with trailers and kid seats, as well as little ones learning to pedal on their own. Ride the scenic shorelines of Lake Ontario and enjoy playgrounds, parks, beaches and food stops along the way.

  • 6

    Camping 101 at Bronte Creek

    If you’re new to the world of camping, Bronte Creek‘s Learn To Camp program is a great way to learn the ropes. The conservation areas and private campgrounds in Hamilton Halton Brant offer a wide range of site choices and recreational activities for both tent and RV campers.

  • 7

    Outdoor family fun with little ones

    Kids will squawk for a visit to Mountsberg Conservation Area’s Raptor Centre in Halton, home to 15 different species of native birds of prey, including eagles, hawks, owls, vultures and falcons. Birds of Prey shows are held daily in the summer, and private 45-minute Raptor Encounters can be arranged. Consider a trip to Apps’ Mill Nature Centre in Brant for great family programming hosted by naturalists, including Owl Prowls, Frog Frolics and Bug Hunts.

     

  • 8

    Guided Waterfall Walks

    Hamilton, known as the Waterfall Capital, makes exploring this collection of stunners a breeze thanks to an extensive network of trails and hiking routes. Guided Bruce Trail Waterfall Walks feature waterfalls, scenic vistas, Carolinian forests and the natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment.

Travel Deals View All >>

Experiences & Tours View All >>

December 6

Delicious Desserts: Historic Cooking Workshop

Dundurn National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Ages:       14 years and up Cost:        $50 per person. Pre-registration is required. Time:        6:30 PM...

Now thru August 24

Meditation Class at Terre Bleu Lavendar Farm

Terre Bleu Lavender Farm

2501, Sideroad 25, Milton L0P1B0

Select Dates Only

Now thru September 29

On The Water Experience

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON, N0A 1M0

Now thru October 13

The Natural Path

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

Now thru December 21

Discover Hamilton Beer Tour

Beer Tours Hamilton

133 King St W Dundas

Weekly tours starting at 11 am in Dundas ending at 4 pm. Pickup at 24...

Now thru November 24

The Grand Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

November 23

An Evening with Jane Austen

Battlefield House Museum & Park – National Historic Site

77 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8G 5E5

Call or email to book Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Ages: Adults Cost: $25.00 (including HST)

August 18

Sip, Eat, Explore Brant | Road Trip!

Tasty Road Trips Food Tours – Experience Local!

Paris Drinks Fest - Saturday 6 pm Sip, Eat, Explore Brant Tour - Sunday 12...

Now thru September 22

The Heights: A War of 1812 Tour of Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Dates:       SUNDAYS, May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22, 2019 Time:        9:30...

December 13 - 15

Christmas Evening Tours

Dundurn National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Cost:        $30 per person. Pre-registration is required. Time:        7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Similar Stories View All >>

Binbrook Conservation Area: Triple the Fun

Splash, climb, swing and wakeboard this summer.

Read More

7 Reasons to Visit Hamilton Halton Brant This Summer

Head here for seasonal fun in the sun.

Read More

African Lion Safari Celebrates Two “Big” Birthdays!

Celebrate a baby elephant birth and 50 years of family fun.

Read More

8 Ideas for a Nature Lover’s Bucket List

Look to these landscapes for your must-do’s.

Read More

Hamilton & Area Hikes Wilkes Dam/Grand River Loop

Follow the Grand River for 18 kms of awesome.

Read More

Hamilton & Area Hikes Waterfront Loop

Enjoy historical sites and lakeside breezes.

Read More

Hamilton & Area Hikes Paris Two Rivers Loop

Discover the riverside trails of Paris, Ontario.

Read More

Hamilton & Area Hikes Going to the Chapel Route

A true Niagara Escarpment adventure with scenic vistas.

Read More

Hamilton & Area Hikes Felker’s and Albion Falls Loop

Waterfalls highlight a route along Hamilton mountain.

Read More

Hamilton & Area Hikes Dundas Valley All-Falls Loop

Explore 1,200 hectares of lush Carolinian forest.

Read More

The Best of Spring: Six Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors

The definitive spring guide to fresh air forays.

Read More

Discover Even More Cool Claims to Fame

The list of our region’s claims to fame keeps growing.

Read More

Get Travel OffersEvent Details and Planning Ideas for Your Next Trip

Sign up to receive the latest Hamilton Halton Brant travel news delivered right to your inbox.