Hooray For Easy, Breezy Spring Escapes

This spring, it’s time to trade complex travel planning for easy, breezy getaways that you can pull together effortlessly. All it takes is three simple steps to create a winning spring adventure that reflects your getaway goals, interests and budget. Let’s get started!

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Step 1: PICK Your Ideal Getaway Length

Narrow in on your getaway goals. Are you looking for an action-packed day trip that lets you get back home for bedtime? Is a quick overnight getaway with a much-needed change of scenery just what the doctor ordered? Or is it time for a multi-day vacation that lets you really get away from it all?

To get inspired, visit our Pick-Pack-Go page to build your customized getaway or cruise through some of our favourite itinerary ideas for:

Daytripping

Getaways for Grownups

Romantic Getaways

Multi-day Excursions


Step 2: PACK Your Selection of Special Savings, Offers and Perks To Bring Along

Don’t leave money on the table! Between the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit, our Hamilton Halton Brant Staycation gift card promotion and other partner offers, there are significant savings to be had on your next getaway. Visit our Pick-Pack-Go page to start saving on your customized getaway.

Here are some of our favourite ways to save this spring.

The Ontario Staycation Tax Credit
In an effort to encourage travel to help the tourism and hospitality sectors recover from the pandemic, Ontario residents can claim 20% of eligible accommodation expenses when filing their 2022 Income Tax and Benefit Return.

Tax Credit Fast Facts
Only one individual per family can claim the credit for the year, but that claim can include the eligible expenses of your spouse or common-law partner and eligible children. The credit can be claimed for accommodation expenses for single or multiple leisure trips of less than a month at:

  • Hotels and motels
  • Lodges and resorts
  • Bed-and-breakfasts
  • Cottages and campgrounds

Accommodations can be booked either directly with the accommodation provider or through an online accommodation platform.

Learn more about the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit

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StayTripping Pre-Paid VISA Gift Cards

Take advantage of our StayTripping accommodations packages, and you’ll receive a $50 prepaid VISA gift card with the booking of a one-night stay or a $100 prepaid VISA gift card with the booking of two consecutive nights. Browse our current StayTripping hotel offers. See full terms and conditions here.

Individual Partner Offers and Perks

From daily specials at restaurants in Hamilton Halton Brant to discounts on tickets to area attractions and sporting events, the Travel Deals section of our website is a must-read as you plan out your trip itinerary.


Step 3: GO and Enjoy Some Awesome Spring Events

After you’ve narrowed down the places you’d like to visit on your day trip, overnight escape or multi-day vacation, be sure to check out our Events Calendar or visit our Pick-Pack-Go page to select your favourite spring festivals and events taking place in Hamilton Halton Brant. Use the sort feature to curate a list of events by categories that interest you, including Food and Drink, Live Music, Festivals, Nature and Wildlife, Sports and more. Here are just a few of the events taking place this spring to give you a sense of the calibre of activities in Hamilton Halton Brant:

Paris to Ancaster: Canada’s Spring Cycling Classic, April 24

RBG Under The Canopy: Animals of the Rainforest, through May 1

Canadian Under-18 Curling Championships, May 2 – 7

Hamilton’s Food & Drink Fest, May 13 & 14

Sound of Music Festival, June 12 – 19

Airshow 50, June 25 & 26

Hamilton Airshow 2011

Visit our Pick-Pack-Go page to build your customized getaway.

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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 December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Exhibitions

Hamilton Civic Museums

Throughout the City of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2K1

Now thru August 28

Garden Tour

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

10 to 20 Minutes. 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm.

Now thru June 18

Heritage Workshops

Ireland House Museum

2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON, L7P 5A8

June 1 - August 17

Growing Your Own Food: Workshops

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

Fee: $20 per session or $50 for all three sessions + Service Fee (Members 10%...

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 July 3

Slither & Crawl

Mountsberg Conservation Area and Discovery Centre

2259 Millborough Line, Campbellville, ON, L0P 1B0

Meets in the Cameron Courtyard. *Children must be accompanied by an adult. $10 per person...

Now thru May 21, 2022

True or False? The Fun Science Exhibition

Joseph Brant Museum

1240 North Shore Boulevard East, Burlington, ON, L7S 1C5

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Tours

28 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1

Now thru September 5

Fun Farmyard at Springridge Farm

Springridge Farm

7256 Bell School Line, Milton, ON, L9T 2Y1

$12 +HST weekends and holidays $9 +HST weekdays Admission to Fun Farm Yard is per...

June 4 - September 25

Wake Up the Wild

African Lion Safari

1386 Cooper Road, Hamilton, ON, N1R 5S2

Available on select dates from June – September, 2022. Tour subject to availability. Advanced reservations...

June 6 - July 25

Drumming

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

June 9 - 30

Perennials for the Home

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

6 to 8:30 p.m.

Now thru June 1

AGH Youth Community Art Gallery Presents: Metamorphosis

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Online only

Now thru July 3

Wildflower Walk

Crawford Lake Conservation Area

3115 Conservation Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X3

Meeting Area: Crawford Lake Visitor Centre, Duration: 1 hour, Available: Weekends and holidays, 10AM and...

Now thru December 31

Serial Production

McMaster Museum of Art

McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L6

Now thru May 31

Exhibition Tours at AGH

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Thursdays at 6:00 pm Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 pm

Now thru May 31

A Taste of Japan

Tourism Burlington

414 LocuStreet Street, Burlington, ON, L7S 1T7

September 10 - 11

Corn Wash Basket Workshop at Chiefswood Park

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cabins are also available for rent for those interested. Time: 9am-4pm Cost: $200 (Half must...

July 18 - August 19

AGH Summer Camp

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Now thru May 31

Discovery Station

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Length: At your leisure.

Now thru December 31

Guided Walking Tours in Milton

16 James Street, Milton, ON, Canada

Now thru January 31

Downtown Milton Flashback Tour

Downtown Milton BIA

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

June 4 - September 24

Special Exhibition | Beyond Human Limits

Joseph Brant Museum

1240 North Shore Boulevard East, Burlington, ON, L7S 1C5

Joseph Brant Museum Tuesday - Saturday - 10:00AM to 4:00PM Special exhibition is included with...

July 4 - August 19

Summer Day Camp

Ireland House Museum

2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON, L7P 5A8

Please email museumeducation@burlington.ca for more information or if you have any questions.

June 11 - August 17

Paddling in Paradise

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

August 20

Large Pack Basket Workshop at Chiefswood Park

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cabins are also available for rent for those interested. Time: 9am-4pm Cost: $325 (Half must...

June 21 - September 15

Virtual Guided Hike: Summer Edition

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Fee: $10 + Service Fee. (Members 10% off*) Please pre-register by September 15**

Now thru June 20

Virtual Guided Hike: Spring Edition

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

August 6 - 13

Plein Air in Watercolour

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

Saturdays, August 6 & 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Now thru May 29

Margaret Watkins: Black Light

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Tickets required

Now thru August 13

All Guilds Show 2022

Art Gallery of Burlington

1333 Lakeshore Road , Burlington, ON, L7S 1A9

Now thru June 26

Farmers & Friends

Mountsberg Conservation Area and Discovery Centre

2259 Millborough Line, Campbellville, ON, L0P 1B0

$10 per person + Gate fee - Tickets must be purchased for all members in...

May 31 - August 10

Not Just a Birding Club: Sweet Summer Birding

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Fee: $20 / session + Service Fee. (Members 10% off*) Please pre-register 10 days in...

July 16

Learn 10 Trees

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

9am - 12pm

May 22 - September 18

Turbo Tubing For Beginners: Five Oaks Trip

Grand River Rafting Company

119 Jennings Road, Brantford, Ontario

$33 per person plus HST Includes turbo tube, paddle, pfd jacket, upstream shuttle ride, map...

Now thru May 22

Megan Ellen MacDonald

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

20 Ava Road, Brantford, ON, N3T 5G9

June 2 - August 31

Seeing the Invisible at RBG

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Adult: $19.50 Senior: $16.50 Youth/Student: $16.50 Child age 4 to 12: $11.50 Child under 4:...

Now thru May 23

Michèle Pearson Clarke: Muscle Memory

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

May 22 - October 2

Paddle the Beast!

Grand River Rafting Company

119 Jennings Rd, Brantford (Brant Conservation Area)

July 9 - 10

Children’s Longhouse and Small Pack Basket Workshop at Chiefswood Park

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cabins are also available for rent for those interested. Time: 9am-4pm Cost: $225 (Half must...

Now thru June 26

Talons and Tailfeathers

Mountsberg Conservation Area and Discovery Centre

2259 Millborough Line, Campbellville, ON, L0P 1B0

Now thru July 3

Habitat Hunt

Mountsberg Conservation Area and Discovery Centre

2259 Millborough Line, Campbellville, ON, L0P 1B0

Price: $10 (age 2 and up) plus gate fee

Now thru October 18

Walk Through the Seasons

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

No need to pre-register for this FREE event, sign in when you arrive. Wear proper...

August 24

Sunset Photography

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

6pm - 9pm.

Now thru August 19

Children’s Gardening: Sow and Grow (Ages 5 to 7)

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

Now thru July 27

Z’otz* Collective: Eccentric Coincidence

Art Gallery of Burlington

1333 Lakeshore Road , Burlington, ON, L7S 1A9

Now thru June 12

Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour: Renewal Art Show

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

10 a.m. to 8 p.m., last admission is 7 p.m. Admission is included with your...

August 7

Botanically Dyed Garden Cards

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

10am - 1pm.

July 23

Watercolour Fun for Beginners

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Now thru July 3

Lake to Longhouse Tour

Conservation Halton

3115 Conservation Road, Milton, ON L9T 2X3, Canada

11am - 3pm

August 14

Tricky Trees

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

9am - 12pm

June 6

P.A. Day Camp (in-person) | Under the Big Top at Joseph Brant Museum

Joseph Brant Museum

1240 North Shore Boulevard East, Burlington, ON, L7S 1C5

9am - 4pm, pre-registration required

June 12

Medium Longhouse Basket Workshop at Chiefswood Park

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cabins are also available for rent for those interested. Time: 9am-4pm Cost: $155 (Half must...

June 28 - August 16

Intro to Urban Gardening

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

6 to 9 p.m.

May 24 - August 23

Kelso Mountain Bike Series 2022

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X7

June 26

June Wildflower Walk

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

10am - 12pm.

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