Between summer sports schedules, part-time jobs and busy social lives, it can be tricky to convince the teens in your life to take time for summer travel. Enter the Great Canadian Day Trip. Day trips are a fantastic option for this sometimes hard-to-please demographic for a number of reasons, including the fact that they can be done in as little as four hours and it’s affordable to bring a friend along to make it more fun for them. Here are some day trip ideas that we think the teens in your life will love this summer.

 

 

  • 1

    Try a new sport...

    Forget indoor climbing gyms. Take a family climbing lesson on the limestone cliffs of Milton’s Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area. Read this for some outfitter suggestions.

    Teens 1

    Learn the ins and outs of mountain biking at Kelso Conservation Area’s Mountain Bike Skills Zone, which features wooden bridges, rollers, rocks, and logs to help riders learn how to properly tackle technical features in a controlled environment.

    The Grand River’s gentle currents make it a great choice for first-time paddlers. Area outfitters such as Grand Experiences, Grand River Rafting and Heritage River Canoe and Kayak Co. make it so easy to gear up and go.

    Teens 2

    See what all the buzz is about and take a stand-up paddleboard lesson on the shores of Lake Ontario in Burlington or give wakeboarding a try at Binbrook Conservation Area. Boarder Pass Canada operates a two-tower cable wake boarding system that provides the ultimate wakeboarding experience and is appropriate for people who have never tried the sport.

    Defy the law of gravity with a thrilling free-fall experience at Oakville’s iFLY Toronto. You’ll get a real sense of what skydivers experience during the free-fall portion of their jump at this indoor facility.

  • 2

    Hit the beach...

    Stoney Creek’s Fifty Point Conservation Area, Brantford’s Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area, Hamilton’s Christie Lake, Valens Lake Conservation Area and Burlington’s downtown shoreline are all great choices for a few hours of sun and sand.

     

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    Score designer deals...

    Brand-conscious teens will be thrilled with the collection of stores that awaits at Halton’s Toronto Premium Outlets, including Coach, Kate Spade, J. Crew, Bench and dozens more. If your teen prefers to hunt for vintage finds, head to Hamilton’s Ottawa Street or the vintage shops of Paris.

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    Inspire their artsy side...

    Plan a trip to the Art Gallery of Hamilton. It’s Canada’s third-largest public art gallery and is home to over 9,500 works of art. Just down the street you’ll find the Art Gallery of Hamilton Design Annex. Time your visit with one of the hands-on classes offered here, shop for unique art pieces in the Art+Design store, and take in one of the gallery’s experimental exhibitions. A great way for out-of-towners to tour through some of the city’s independent art spaces, including galleries, shops and studios, is to attend the monthly James Street North Art Crawl. It’s held on the second Friday night of every month.

     

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    Fuel up on food truck fare...

    Spend a day exploring around Hamilton and Burlington and catching up with the region’s amazing collection of food trucks.

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    Enjoy music together...

    Hamilton Halton Brant’s festivals are a fun way to enjoy music together. September’s SuperCrawl tends toward artists that are a little edgier. Past performers have included Monster Truck, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Daniel Lanois, The Sadies and Hayden.

     

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    Snap a sensational summer selfie...

    For today’s social media savvy teens, you didn’t do something cool unless there’s a selfie to prove it. Hamilton Halton Brant has some share-worthy spots for your teen’s summer posting pleasure, including:

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Now thru December 29

A Winter’s Night in Paris Culinary Experience

Arlington Hotel

106 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M5

Based on standard rooms only. Rooms are subject to availability. Reservations required to the Arlington...

Now thru November 11

Voyage of the Iroquois

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

Now thru September 15

Turbo Tubing… The Paddling Adventure For Everyone.

Grand River Rafting Company

31 Mechanic Street, Paris, ON, N3L 1L1

Not recommended for newborns to 2 years. *Save 4.00 off per person when you bring...

Now thru June 14

Upper Nith River Experience, 5 Hour Guided Trip

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...

June 7 - August 23

Girlfriend Friday One day Retreats

Burlington Beach Rentals

1084 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON, L7S1A2

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Must register in advance. Limited spots per date. Ladies only...

May 25 - 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

Now thru August 31

Virtual Reality Experience – BBC 1943 Berlin Blitz

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

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

9 am – 5 pm daily at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Virtual Reality Experience...

Now thru October 20

Tandem Kayak Trips on the Grand River

Grand River Rafting Company

31 Mechanic Street, Paris, ON, N3L 1L1

Now thru November 19

2-Day Bruce Trail Waterfall Hiking Tour

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

Now thru October 7

Behind the Scenes Tour – Curator-led

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology – National Historic Site

900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton, ON, L8H 7N2

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