Plan a summer day trip that animal lovers will adore with any of the unique, interactive experiences below.

 

 

 

  • 1

    Have breakfast with lions...

    Enjoy behind-the-scenes access to African Lion Safari on a VIP Wake Up The Wild experience. One of the park’s game wardens will guide you on an unforgettable experience where you’ll watch lions devour their breakfast, hand-feed a giraffe and create memories that will last a lifetime.

  • 2

    Spot Bald Eagles at Canada's largest botanical garden...

    Royal Botanical Gardens’ Cootes Paradise is a nationally designated Important Bird Area (IBA) that is home to hundreds of species of birds during their spring and autumn migrations, including the Least Bittern, Hooded Warbler, White Pelican, Caspian Tern, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Osprey, Pileated Woodpecker, and the Prothonotary Warbler. A pair of nesting Bald Eagles has stolen the show in recent years, however, with the claim of being the first on Lake Ontario in more than 40 years.

  • 3

    Meet birds and bison...

    Mountsberg Conservation Area’s Douglas G. Cockburn Raptor Centre is home to two dozen different birds of prey, each with their own unique story. Learn about native birds of prey, ask questions and see Mountsberg’s raptors up close at Bird of Prey shows and raptor encounters.

    Mountsberg is also home to its very own herd of bison, which you can watch from the Wildlife Walkway.

  • 4

    Watch the great gliders...

    Go beyond the zoo and experience animals in their natural habitats at Mount Nemo Conservation Area. The thermal updrafts and air currents off the Niagara Escarpment create a perfect playground for turkey vultures. Watch these winged wonders glide on their six-foot wingspan for up to six hours without flapping a wing. The Brock Harris Lookout and North Loop Lookout are great locations for watching the show, and on a clear day, you can see all the way to the CN Tower!

  • 5

    Ride the river...

    Canoe, kayak or raft the Grand River with an area outfitter and they’ll help you spot wildlife along the way including snapping turtles, great blue herons, bald eagles, egrets and more. Grand Experiences, Grand River Rafting and Heritage River Canoe and Kayak Co. are all great local outfitters that will provide your group with the expert guidance and gear you need for a great trip.

  • 6

    Find farm animal fun...

    Want in on a secret? Baby animals in real life are even MORE adorable than the ones on your Facebook feed!

    Younger children will love meeting barnyard animals at Bronte Creek Provincial Park‘s Children’s Playbarn in Oakville, Springridge Farm in Milton and Puddicombe Farms in Stoney Creek. Take a Great Canadian Day Trip and see some of these cuties for yourself.

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Now thru November 16

A Day of Play

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON, N0A 1M0

December 6

A Night at Ireland House

Ireland House Museum

2168 Guelph Line Burlington, L7P 5A8

December 6, 2019 from 6:00-9:00 pm, Price: $40, Price will go up on November 1,...

Now thru November 18

Grand Voyageur

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street N Paris, N3L 2M4

Available daily Between: Apr 2, 2019 and Nov 18, 2019 $80.00 + taxes

Now thru November 11

Voyage of the Iroquois

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

Now thru October 1

Wake Up the Wild

African Lion Safari

1386 Cooper Road, Hamilton, ON, N1R 5S2

3 hour experience, mornings only. Maximum 12 people.

Now thru May 1

MacNab’s Kitchen at Dundurn Enhanced Experience

Dundurn National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

2 hour experience. Available year-round, mornings only. Minimum 15 persons.

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

November 30

Dough-Re-Me: Historic Cooking Workshop

Dundurn National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Time:        9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages:       6 years and up Cost:        $55 for 1...

October 4

Hops & Harvest VIP Beer Tour

Original Hamilton Beer Tours

9230 Guelph Line, Campbellville, ON L0P 1B0

This exclusive VIP Tour is only available on Friday, October 4. Includes FREE admission to...

Now thru October 20

Rafting Trips on the Grand River

Grand River Rafting Company

31 Mechanic Street, Paris, ON, N3L 1L1

Now thru October 28

Waterfalls- Hamilton Sight Seeing Tour

Redback Tours

5 Hamilton Street, North Waterdown, Ontario L8B 0G5

Tours run every Sunday and Monday, only. Pickup locations; Oakville, Burlington, Waterdown, Hamilton, starting at...

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