Rainy, cold fall days don’t have to mean pressing pause on family fun. When the weather forecast isn’t in your favour, there’s a whole heap of ways to entertain, engage and educate the entire family in Hamilton Halton Brant. Here are some of our favourite family-friendly places and spaces.

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is home to a fascinating collection of almost 50 historic aircraft. The Air Combat Zone jet fighter simulation centre allows guests to experience the thrill of a flying mission in an F-18. With live instrumentation, a working heads-up display, replica flight controls and a giant view of the world outside your cockpit, this is miles apart from any video game experience.


Mattamy National Cycling Centre

The Youth Try The Track program at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre offers beginner cyclists between the ages of 10 and 18 the chance to experience the only velodrome of its kind in Canada. In addition to exploring the basic principles of track cycling and how to ride the track, they’ll learn the techniques for mounting/dismounting, balance, starting/stopping, rider control and how to get on and off the track.


Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology

Discover the ins and outs of Canada’s early industrial revolution while exploring a 160-year-old Waterworks. In addition to two 70-tonne steam-powered water pumping engines, the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology National Historic Site has fascinating permanent and temporary exhibits, hands-on activities and guided tours.


Art Gallery of Hamilton

The Art Gallery of Hamilton offers excellent programming for families throughout the year inspired by the Gallery’s extensive collection and rotating exhibitions.

Installation view of Esmaa Mohamoud: To Play in the Face of Certain Defeat, 2021. Photo: Julian Ross.

Hamilton Farmers’ Market

Don’t rush your weekly visit to the farmer’s market because it’s raining. Head to Hamilton instead, where your family can take their time exploring all the farm-to-table treats without an umbrella at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market. Over 50 vendors offer a wide array of local, national and international foods.

Hamilton Farmers' Market


Woodland Cultural Centre

The building known as the Woodland Cultural Centre today operated as The Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School from 1828 to 1970. A visit here is an excellent way to teach everyone in the family about the history of Residential Schools in Canada.

Credit: Ian R. Maracle

Royal Botanical Gardens

When the weather is grey and gloomy, Burlington’s Royal Botanical Gardens indoor gardens offer a perfect place to escape the rain, and roam. The RBG Centre offers a Mediterranean Garden, Cacti and Succulent Collection, Orchid Collection, and Exploration Hall. Check the RBG Event Calendar for upcoming family and youth programming.

Credit: Mark Zelinski

Find new ways to stay and play in Hamilton Halton Brant this fall. Explore available experiences, take advantage of special offers and discover the amazing events that will be taking place while you’re in town. Stretch your fall fun out a little longer with our StayTripping hotel offers and receive a $50 or $100 VISA gift card!*

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Cambridge to Paris Grand River Day Trip – Self-Guided

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Sat Sun Between: Oct 30, 2021 and Nov 27, 2022

Now thru October 24

Weekend In Paris

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Apr 15, 2022 and Oct 24, 2022

Now thru October 15

Grand Overnight Camping Adventure

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: May 1, 2022 and Oct 15, 2022

Now thru October 31

Rentals – Canoe, Kayak, Bikes, River Tubes

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Daily; Between: Apr 10, 2022 and Oct 31, 2022

Now thru November 19

Bruce Trail Iroquoia Day Trip

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Apr 16, 2022 and Nov 19, 2023

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

Now thru November 15

Mohawk Run

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Sundays Between: Apr 26, 2022 and Nov 15, 2022

Now thru November 30

Upper Nith River Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Nov 13, 2021 and Nov 30, 2022

Now thru October 29

5 Day Bruce Trail Waterfall Walking Tour

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Everyday Between: Nov 14, 2021 and Oct 29, 2022

Now thru November 21

Grand Voyageur

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Daily, Between: Jan 20, 2022 and Nov 21, 2022

Now thru October 31

2-Day Bruce Trail Hiking Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Nov 14, 2021 and Oct 31, 2022

Now thru November 28

Grand River Valley Hiking

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Everyday, Saturdays by request Between: May 1, 2022 and Nov...

Now thru November 6

Self-Guided Paddling the Grand River – Paris to Brantford

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Nov 9, 2021 and Nov 6, 2022

Now thru October 15

The Grand Canoe Camping Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Apr 30, 2021 and Oct 15, 2022

Now thru October 24

Experience the Grand – 2-Day / 1-Night Package

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Dec 2, 2021 and Oct 24, 2022

Now thru October 28

Pedal & Paddle – Canadian Adventure

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Apr 10, 2022 and Oct 28, 2022

Now thru October 24

Overnight Grand River Canoe Camping Trip

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Apr 30, 2022 and Oct 24, 2022

Now thru October 31

Voyage of the Iroquios

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: May 1, 2022 and Oct 31, 2022

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