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.

     

  • 3

    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.

     

  • 5

    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.

  • 6

    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 October 15

Camping at Brant Park

Brant Conservation Area

119 Jennings Road, RR #4, Brantford, ON, N3T 5L7

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...

Now thru August 17

Paddling in Paradise

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

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%...

Now thru October 2

Paddle the Beast!

Grand River Rafting Company

119 Jennings Rd, Brantford (Brant Conservation Area)

Now thru October 30

Grand River Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Nov 16, 2021 and Oct 30, 2022

July 4 - August 26

Aspire Climbing Summer Camp

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

August 24

Sunset Photography

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

6pm - 9pm.

Now thru October 30

Spey Casting Lessons

Fly Water Guiding

17 Alexander Avenue, Paris, ON N3L 2V6

June 30 - November 30

Home of #99: A Brantford & Paris Tasting Adventure

Tasty Road Trips Food Tours

Paris, Ontario

Visit our website to check availability.

Now thru June 30

Perennials for the Home

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

6 to 8:30 p.m.

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