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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

     

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    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.

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Now thru October 31

Hamilton City Sights Tour

Redback Tours

5 Hamilton Street, North Waterdown, Ontario L8B 0G5

This tour runs weekly on Thursdays only. Pickup/drop off locations; Oakville, Burlington, Waterdown, Hamilton, starting...

Now thru October 5

Rock Climbing

One Axe Pursuits

7200 Appleby Line, Milton, ON, L9T 2Y1

Rattlesnake Point from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, $200 + HST

October 11

Historic City – Walking Tour

Tourism Hamilton

28 James St N, Hamilton,

2:00 p.m. Pre-registration required

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...

November 23

First Day of Christmas

Dundurn National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Time:        12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Cost:        FREE

Now thru October 20

Canoe Trips on the Grand River

Grand River Rafting Company

31 Mechanic Street, Paris, ON, N3L 1L1

Now thru January 6

David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden Experience

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

1.5 hour experience. Minimum 15 persons.

November 16 - January 5

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Whitehern Historic House & Garden – National Historic Site

41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 1L3

Time:        12:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Tuesday to Sunday) Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day &...

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

Now thru October 1

Rose Garden and Hendrie Park Experience

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Duration of Experience: 1.5 to 2 hours. Hours are 10am to 5pm; not hours are...

Now thru October 28

Whisper to the Moon

Grand River Rafting Company

31 Mechanic Street, Paris, ON, N3L 1L1

Price: From $99 per person, meet up at 7:30 pm and ends 10:30-11:30pm

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