Is there any better way to wrap up a summer day than taking a time out to watch the sun slip below the horizon? Unfortunately, although this beautiful spectacle happens 92 times each summer, schedules can get so busy that we often miss the show. Our Summer 2022 Sunset Challenge is all about helping you seize the sundown and soak it all in. See how many of these nine unique ways to revel in the golden hour you can check off before autumn’s arrival.

Summer Sunset Challenge #1:
Sunset With A Scoop

Push dessert back a few hours after dinner and take in the evening sunset with a cone or a cup in hand. Hamilton Halton Brant’s many ice cream shops deliver so many different kinds of sensational scoops you may want to do this more than once! Tasty options include:

Whimsy Street Treats, Georgetown
Summer Sunset Challenge #2:
Sunset Before The Show

Arriving at the drive-in theatre early gets you a prime parking spot for your movie and also allows you to enjoy the sunset with a heaping helping of popcorn! Excellent drive-in choices include The 5 Drive-In in Oakville and Starlite Drive-In in Stoney Creek.

Summer Sunset Challenge #3:
Sunset On A Boat

No boat of your own? No problem! Hamilton Halton Brant’s outstanding outfitters will be happy to provide your float and your gear. Check out our paddling page to find routes and rental companies that can get you out in a canoe, kayak, raft or stand-up paddleboard. Grand River Dinner Cruises is another great option.

Cootes Paradise at Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington
Summer Sunset Challenge #4:
Sunset From The Niagara Escarpment

The Niagara Escarpment’s limestone cliffs offer the perfect perch for taking in the summer sunset. Bonus points if you catch the show with a Niagara Escarpment waterfall flowing in the background. Devil’s Punchbowl in Stoney Creek and Mount Nemo in Milton are both best bets for catching the sunset.

Summer Sunset Challenge #5:
Sunset By Bike

Waterfront trails along Lake Ontario and the Grand River provide scenic sunset shows while you pedal. Browse our cycling page to find a golden hour route that suits.

Summer Sunset Challenge #6:
Sunset On A Picture-Perfect Patio

Hamilton Halton Brant’s many stellar patios are ideal for sipping on something spectacular as the sun sets. Choose from waterfront patios at our region’s many restaurants or relax on a patio at one of our fantastic craft breweries.

Downtown Hamilton
Summer Sunset Challenge #7:
Sunset With A Proud Indigenous Beat

The excitement of centuries of culture continues through the sunset as dancers, singers and drummers from across North America compete to become the Champion of Champions at the Grand River Champion of Champions Pow Wow on July 23rd and 24th at Ohsweken Speedway.

Summer Sunset Challenge #8:
Sunset On The Sand

Pack an evening picnic and watch the sunset while lying on the sand at one of Hamilton Halton Brant’s beautiful beaches. Favourites include:

Burlington Waterfront
Summer Sunset Challenge #9:
Sunset With An Arts-Filled Backdrop

Squeeze every day of summer out of your sunset challenge with an evening visit to Hamilton’s Supercrawl, taking place September 9th through 11th on James Street North. This free outdoor art and music festival takes over downtown Hamilton to showcase a diverse and dynamic lineup of live music, art, fashion, performance, talks, crafts, food, and fun.

Want to enjoy some summer fun before the sunset? 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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Mohawk Institute Residential School Virtual Tour

Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON, N3T 5V6

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FREE Downtown Hamilton Walking Tour

Tour Guys

36 Hunter St. E., Hamilton, ON L8N 3W8

Now thru January 31

Downtown Milton Flashback Tour

Downtown Milton BIA

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

December 10 - 16

Winter Twinkle Express

Downtown Milton BIA

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

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Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Tours

28 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1

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Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

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Art For Victory

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

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

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Glen Eden Snow School Academy Programs

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X7

Now thru December 31

AGH Youth Community Art Gallery Presents: Phobia

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

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Artful Moments: Creative Expressions, Brantford

Art Gallery of Hamilton

25 Bell Ln, Brantford, ON N3T 1E1

Thursdays, 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm October 6, 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15

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The Living Vault: The Collection and Performance

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

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