Whether you’re looking to get to know someone better on that make-or-break second date or reconnect with that special someone, only a few hours together sometimes just doesn’t cut it. This summer, trade date night for a day-long date so you can slow down the pace and enjoy some quality time together.

Locke Street, Hamilton

Start by choosing a destination beyond the borders of your own city or town. Grab a cup of coffee, press shuffle on a great playlist, and see how that little bit of extra travel time together allows you to relax and connect. Just a short drive from Toronto, Niagara and London, Hamilton Halton Brant is an excellent option for summer dating adventures. Here are some suggested all-day date itineraries for summer 2022 to get you inspired.


Summer All-Day Date Idea:
An Art-Filled Adventure in Hamilton and Burlington

Start out spending a few hours at Burlington’s Royal Botanical Gardens, where this summer’s Seeing The Invisible exhibit, on until August 31st, is sure to inspire and entertain. Walk into and around thirteen incredible augmented reality art installations by a diverse collection of international artists.

Seeing the Invisible, Royal Botanical Gardens

Enjoy a late afternoon lunch on one of downtown Burlington’s many excellent patios. This roundup of patio picks from our friends at Taste of Burlington will point you in the right direction.

Next, head to the Art Gallery of Hamilton to see the work of Nathan Eugene Carson, the current RBC Artist in Residence. Take in the collective gaze of Black Carnival Audience, currently on display in the AGH Lobby, before exploring his larger residency exhibition in the sculpture atrium.

Wrap up your day with a walk exploring Hamilton’s growing street art scene. Visit between July 18 and 24 to catch the Concrete Canvas Art Festival and watch mural being painted live along the tour path. Be sure to check out The Catch Of The Day mural behind 37 King William Street, which will put you in the perfect location to wrap up your day with a romantic dinner at The French.


Summer All-Day Date Idea:
A Grand Day of Exploring Six Nations Culture

This all-day date itinerary begins by getting you out On The Water to enjoy a guided three-hour experience that will teach you about Haudenosaunee culture and basic paddling.

Grand River at Chiefswood Park

After your paddle, make a stop at Burger Barn for a late lunch. The incredible burger options here, including bison and venison burgers, have been featured on You Gotta Eat Here.

Spend a few hours exploring unique Six Nations shops like Sapling and Flint, Iroqrafts, and Talking Earth Pottery, as well as historical and cultural sites like Chiefswood National Historic Site and Woodland Cultural Centre.

If you can time your date accordingly, wrap up your daytime activities with a guided outdoor experience that will help you identify trees and plants and increase your comfort level and understanding of the land. Walk Through The Seasons is a two-hour workshop at Chiefswood Park led by Kerdo Deer being offered on July 13th and October 18th.

For dinner, travel a little way down the Grand River to enjoy an evening meal in Paris. Stillwaters Plate and Pour, 2 Rivers Restaurant and Capeesh Craft Kitchen are all excellent choices with patios.


Summer All-Day Date Idea:
Golf and a Game

If you and your plus one share a love of sports, pack up your clubs and start your all-day date with nine holes at one of Hamilton Halton Brant’s many excellent golf courses.

Granite Ridge Golf Club, Milton

No matter where your golf game takes you, you’ll find a craft brewery nearby to quench your thirst after your time on the green. In addition to craft breweries, Hamilton Halton Brant’s True Brew Path has cidery and winery partners in Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Milton, Brantford and Brant County.

Keep the sports fun going with tickets to a big game, like the Hamilton Tiger-Cats or Hamilton Honey Badgers.

After the game, enjoy a late dinner at one of Hamilton’s many fun bars. This guide will point you in the right direction.


Summer All-Day Date Idea:
Festival Fun Followed By Time To Unwind

Festival season is back in a big way for summer 2022, making it easy to find a fun festival to build your all-day date around. Time your trip with:

July 1 -3: Hamilton Mountain Beer and Rib Festival

July 8 – 10: Georgetown Ribfest

July 13 – 17: Brantford Summer Music Festival

July 15 – 16: Because Beer, Hamilton

July 15 – 17: Burlington Food Truck Festival

July 18 – 24: Concrete Canvas Art Festival, Hamilton

July 20 – 31: Hamilton Fringe Festival

July 23 – 24: Grand River Champion of Champions Pow Wow, Ohsweken

July 29 – 31: Festival of Friends, Hamilton

July 29 – 31: Ancaster Rib and Beer Festival

July 29 – August 1: Hamilton Harbourfront Night Market

August 12 – 13: Country Roots Music Festival, Burford

August 13 : Milton African Multicultural Festival

August 19 – 20: Paris Drinks Fest

August 19 – 21: Hamilton Rib and Beer Festival

August 19 – 21: Dundas Cactus Festival

August 20: Burlington Veg Fest

August 26 – 28: Winona Peach Festival

September 7: Canada’s Largest Ribfest, Burlington

September 9 – 11: Hamilton Supercrawl

September 9 – 11: Stoney Creek Rib and Beer Festival

Wrap up your day with a spectacular sunset. We’ve got some sensational suggestions for those too.

Want even more day-long date inspiration? Visit our Pick Pack Go page to build your customized getaway.


Know Before You Go

We’re thrilled that Ontario is reopening and can’t wait to welcome you to Hamilton Halton Brant. 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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Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology – National Historic Site

900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton, ON, L8H 7N2

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Now thru December 31

Art For Victory

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

9280 Airport Road, Mount Hope, ON, L0R 1W0

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August 24

Sunset Photography

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

6pm - 9pm.

Now thru October 2

Paddle the Beast!

Grand River Rafting Company

119 Jennings Rd, Brantford (Brant Conservation Area)

Now thru January 31

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Downtown Milton BIA

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

Now thru August 16

Intro to Urban Gardening

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

6 to 9 p.m.

Now thru December 31

Guided Walking Tours in Milton

16 James Street, Milton, ON, Canada

Now thru August 28

Sketchbook Sundays

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Tours

28 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1

Now thru August 19

AGH Summer Camp

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

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 December 31

Trail Mix

Tourism Brantford

Hardy Road, Brantford, ON, Canada

Now thru August 26

Yoga and Chair Yoga with Hamilton Recreation

Whitehern Historic House & Garden – National Historic Site

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

11:00 AM to 11:45 AM

December 9 - 30

Christmas Evening Tours

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $35 per person. Pre-registration required.

Now thru October 31

Fresh Market Farms U-Pick

521 Concession Road 6 East, Hamilton, Millgrove, ON L0R 1V0, Canada

Now thru 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%...

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...

Now thru June 1

Brant County Beer Tour

The Beer Tour Company

All patrons must be 19yrs of age or older. By booking you are accepting our...

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...

Now thru December 2

We Are Made of Stardust

McMaster Museum of Art

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

Now thru 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...

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 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 20

Heirloom Tomatoes Cooking Workshop

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 14 years and older Cost: $55 per person....

October 28

Steam Museum After Dark – Adult Flashlight Tour 2022

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology – National Historic Site

900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton, ON, L8H 7N2

Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Ages: 14+ years Cost: $15.00 per person. Pre-registration required....

Now thru September 18

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:...

September 24

Contemporary Art Bus Tour

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Now thru August 23

Kelso Mountain Bike Series 2022

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X7

Now thru 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...

September 17

Bake, Find, Feast! A Family Friendly Historic Cooking Workshop

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 AM Ages: All Cost: $55 for 1 adult and 1...

Now thru August 17

Paddling in Paradise

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Now thru September 25

Fit in the Core

450 Nelson Ave, Burlington, ON L7S 1N3

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 September 30

On The Water Experience

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cost: $110.00 per person

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...

Now thru December 31

Where Cultures Meet

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

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

August 18

McMaster Museum of Art: Central Campus Sculpture Tour

McMaster Museum of Art

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

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Exhibitions

Hamilton Civic Museums

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

Now thru August 26

Summer Camps at the Art Gallery of Burlington

Art Gallery of Burlington

1333 Lakeshore Road , Burlington, ON, L7S 1A9

Now thru 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 December 31

Serial Production

McMaster Museum of Art

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

Now thru August 26

Aspire Climbing Summer Camp

104 Bronte St N, Milton, ON L9T 2N5, Canada

Now thru June 1

Hamilton Beer Tour

The Beer Tour Company

All patrons must be 19yrs of age or older. By booking you are accepting our...

Now thru September 4

Historic Garden Tours at Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

FREE outdoor event Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 to 3:00pm. Regular admission rates apply to the...

Now thru August 19

Summer Day Camp with Museums Burlington

Ireland House Museum

2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON, L7P 5A8

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

Now thru December 31

Fire Over Water Exhibit at Crawford Lake

Crawford Lake Conservation Area

3115 Conservation Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X3

9am - 7pm.

Now thru 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...

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