Look out FOMO (The Fear of Missing Out), there’s a new kid in town and JOMO is WAY more fun.

If you haven’t yet heard of JOMO, the acronym stands for: The Joy of Missing Out. If ever there was a perfect time for ditching the need to keep up with what everyone in your social circle is doing, the summer of 2020 is it. The good news is that focusing on what you want to do instead of what others are getting up to can feel really good. These five easy swaps will put you on the fast path toward a more joy-filled summer.

FOMO for JOMO Swap #1:

Trade Tech Time For Tree Time

After a spring spent in isolation, many of us are still spending record time on our social media feeds. While social media is a great way to stay connected with friends and family during physical distancing, it’s ok to press pause on informing your followers about what you’re up to. To see for yourself, try a phone-free hour or two in the woods at a Hamilton Halton Brant conservation area. You may be surprised by just how good time amongst the trees can make you feel. Read this article on Forest Bathing to learn more.

FOMO for JOMO Swap #2:

Trade Your Need for Speed for An Afternoon of Low Gear Living

While living life in lockdown may have limited the places we’ve been able to go, it hasn’t necessarily slowed us down. Whether it’s a schedule full of video calls or taking on the added responsibilities of homeschooling children, a growing to-do list may mean you’ve had to increase your speed. An afternoon float down a lazy river or across a quiet lake is a wonderful way to shift into a lower gear. Taking a night off from kitchen duties and treating yourself to some takeout is a tasty way to also help slow your roll.

FOMO for JOMO Swap #3:

Trade Seeing and Hearing for Touching, Tasting and Smelling

The fear of missing out can put our eyes and ears on high alert. Instead of watching and listening for lost opportunities, lean into your senses of taste, smell and touch to inspire more moments of pure pleasure. Feel the sun warm your back as you explore Lake Ontario shorelines with a stand-up paddleboard rental. Dip your fingers into the cool water as you float down the Grand River. Bite into a freshly picked strawberry or peach. Breathe in the woodsy scent of cedar and pine while exploring a tree-lined trail.

FOMO for JOMO Swap #4:

Trade Busy Places for Quiet Spaces

There’s never been a better summer to bypass busy beaches and jam-packed parks. Fortunately, Hamilton Halton Brant is filled with amazing places where you can discover how good it feels to get away from the crowds. Turn your eyes to the sky and watch turkey vultures soar above the Niagara Escarpment. Set out on an afternoon cycle on an off-the-beaten path. Sit on a lakeside bench with an ice cream cone in hand and watch the waves dance across a lake as the sun sinks below the horizon.

FOMO For JOMO Swap #5

Trade Their “Must Tries” For Your Own “Love It List”

As we scroll through our social media feeds, we’re often presented with products that influencers are being paid to promote. Instead of searching out their products, try using that time to seek out local products that bring you your own brand of joy. Find a new favourite loaf of bread from a local bakery. Source some fresh beer, wine or cider picks made right here in Hamilton Halton Brant. Shop for handcrafted items in stores that would really appreciate your business right now. Curating and sharing your personal collection of favourite things is a fun summer pastime.


As the COVID-19 situation continues to change, a minute or two of extra planning is an important step in ensuring your JOMO experiences are a success. Follow the latest travel guidelines for your community and any communities you plan to visit. Check with businesses and places you plan to go to ensure they are open and serving visitors in the way you’re expecting. Find out how you can support local businesses and taste a true close to home brew. Don’t forget to share your pictures of your adventures with us by tagging them with #stayandplayinhhb.

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Hamilton Children’s Museum

1072 Main Street East Hamilton, Ontario L8M 1N6

Now thru December 31

AGH at Home

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Some activities are free while others have a cost attached to the link.

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Weekend in Paris Adventure

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River St N Paris, ON N3L 2M4

Start at 113 Grand River St. North, Paris at 9:00 am Canoe - Weekend $/person...

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Glen Morris to Paris

Grand River Rafting Company

31 Mechanic Street, Paris, ON, N3L 1L1

Summer | June 20 to September 13, 2020 - Monday to Friday: 9:40am, 10:00, 10:20,...

Now thru October 30

Eagle Eye Archery

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road Milton, ON L9E 0C6

$15/person + HST and gate admission - Adults $6.50, Seniors $5.00, Children (5-14) $5.00, Children...

Now thru October 1

GEMSTONE MINING

Adventure Village

580 Van Wagners Beach Road Hamilton, Ontario L8E 3L8

Mon - Thurs 10 am - 9pm, Friday 12 - 10pm; Saturday 10am - 10pm;...

Now thru October 12

SIX SPOT TOURS – WESTFIELD VILLAGE

Westfield Heritage Village

1049 Kirkwall Rd, Rockton, ON L0R 1X0

Tickets must be pre-booked by phone. Admission prices:  $15.00 per vehicle to visit the conservation...

Now thru October 2

KRAZY KARS

Adventure Village

580 Van Wagners Beach Road Hamilton, Ontario L8E 3L8

Opening Canada Day weekend! Call for pricing! Hours Mon to Thurs 12-9pm; Fri 12-10pm, Sat...

Now thru October 31

Stay At Home with Theatre Aquarius

Theatre Aquarius

190 King William Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8R 1A8

Free - 7 days a week

Now thru November 1

Self-Guided Grand River Group Trip

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River St N Paris, ON N3L 2M4

Various times available; Starting point at 113 Grand River St North This trip can launch...

Now thru December 31

PRIVATE GROUP BEER TOURS – GROUPS OF 8+

Original Hamilton Beer Tours

5 Hamilton St. N; Hamilton, Ontario, L0R 2H0

4 to 9 hours Price: From $105 per person + HST Contact to arrange your...

Now thru October 8

The Grand Canoe Camping Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River St. North, Paris

Start at 113 Grand River St. North, Paris at 9:00 or 11:30 am Canoe -...

Now thru October 31

ZIPLINE & AERIAL GAME TREK

Treetop Trekking

5050 Harrison Rd, Binbrook, ON L0R 1C0

This park has activities for all ages and heights. Individual Rate Ages 16+ $59.99; Ages...

Now thru October 2

BATTING CAGES

Adventure Village

580 Van Wagners Beach Road Hamilton, Ontario L8E 3L8

Mon - Thurs 10 am - 9pm, Friday 12 - 10pm; Saturday 10am - 10pm;...

November 15

Family Fun Day: Survival of the Fittest

Royal Botanical Gardens

16 Old Guelph Road, Burlington, ON

Nov 15, 2020 - Starts at 2:00 pm for approx 2+ hours Fee: $12 Child...

Now thru October 15

Grand River Adventure Getaway

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River St N Paris, ON N3L 2M4

Start at 113 Grand River St. North, Paris at 9:00 or 11:30 am; Canoe -...

December 19

Family Fun Day: Family Solstice Celebration

Royal Botanical Gardens

16 Old Guelph Road, Burlington, ON

December 19, 2020 at 6:00 pm for approx 2+ hours Fee: $12 Child (4 to...

November 17 - January 4

The McQuesten Family Christmas

Whitehern Historic House & Garden – National Historic Site

41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 1L3

Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Tuesday to Sunday) Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day &...

September 26

Family Fun Day: Nature Rocks

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

2:00 pm Fee: $12 Child (4 to 12 years), Free child (3 and under), $18...

Now thru October 30

Escarpment Walk Aerial Course

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road Milton, ON L9E 0C6

$29/person + HST and gate admission - Adults $6.50, Seniors $5.00, Children (5-14) $5.00, Children...

Now thru October 30

Vultures View Climbing Tower

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road Milton, ON L9E 0C6

$29/person + HST and gate admission - Adults $6.50, Seniors $5.00, Children (5-14) $5.00, Children...

Now thru September 27

Hamiltonian Tour Boat

Hamilton Waterfront – Pier 8

47 Discovery Drive, Hamilton, ON L8L 8K4

Departure Times: 12:00pm -- 1:00pm -- 2:00pm -- 3:30pm -- 4:30pm -- 5:30pm -- Note:...

Now thru November 1

Hamilton Architecture Crawl

Tourism Hamilton

28 James Street North, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2K1

Now thru December 27

Original Hamilton Beer Tours

Original Hamilton Beer Tours

5 Hamilton St. N; Hamilton, Ontario, L0R 2H0

Tour dates: Aug 28, Sept 27, Oct 25, Nov 29 & Dec 27th $115.00 pp...

Now thru January 3

AGH Exhibition – Early Snow: Michael Snow 1947-1962

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Gallery Level 1 Special Exhibition Admission Adults $13.25 | Students (6+) $8.85 | Seniors $10.65...

Now thru September 26

Moonlight Paddle

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River St N Paris, ON N3L 2M4

Canoe - $/person $79.95 2020 scheduled dates: Sat. Aug 1, Mon. Aug. 31, Sat. Sept...

Now thru September 27

On The Water Experience

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cost: $110.00 per person; Group Rate: $80.00 per person (minimum 5, maximum 28 people); Optional Hourly...

Now thru December 31

Christie Lake Conservation Area – Swimming, Picnicking

Christie Lake Conservation Area

1000 Highway 5 West, Dundas, ON, L9E 5E2

Open 7 days a week, from sunrise to sunset, unless otherwise posted. Per Vehicle and...

Now thru November 15

Grand River Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River St N Paris, ON N3L 2M4

Starting point at 113 Grand River St. North, Paris at 9:30 am Canoe - Regular...

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – The Hamilton Military Museum

The Hamilton Military Museum

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Now thru October 30

Private 90 Minute Nature Cruise

Grand River Dinner Cruises

36 Brant County Road 22 Caledonia, Ontario, N3W 2G9

Saturday & Sunday, departure times at 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. $350.00 taxes...

October 18

Family Fun Day: I Spy (Nature Edition)

Royal Botanical Gardens

16 Old Guelph Road

Starts at 2:00 pm for approx 2+ hours. Fee: $12 Child (4 to 12 years),...

Now thru October 30

Lake to Longhouse Private Tour

Crawford Lake Conservation Area

3115 Conservation Road Milton, ON

Tour Times: 10-11pm, 11:30-12:30pm, 1-2pm, 2:30-3:30pm, 4-5pm $75 (for groups up to 10 people total)...

Now thru September 30

Self-Guided Tour: Come to Your Senses

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West Burlington, L7T 4H4

Admission-Adult $18; Youth/Student $15; Senior $15; Child age 4 to 12-$10; Child under age 4...

Now thru November 15

Glen Morris to Paris – Grand River Daytrip

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River St N Paris, ON N3L 2M4

Start at 113 Grand River St. North, Paris for times at 9:30, 11:00 am &...

Now thru November 30

Go Karts and Paintball Fun

Cameron Speedway & Amusements

2633 Upper James St. Mount Hope , ON L0R 1W0

Mon - SUN: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm All prices are per driver, no splitting...

Now thru October 15

Overnight Grand River Canoe Camping Trip

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River St N Paris, ON N3L 2M4

Starting at 113 Grand River Street North, Paris.

Now thru November 15

A Day of Play

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cost: $70/per person; Group: $60/per person (20+ people); Canoe/Kayaking during summer months. Two weeks advance...

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – Griffin House

Griffin House – National Historic Site

733 Mineral Springs Road, Ancaster, ON, L9H 1A1

Now thru October 18

Cambridge to Paris

Grand River Rafting Company

31 Mechanic Street, Paris, ON, N3L 1L1

Summer | June 20 to September 13, 2020-Monday to Friday: 9:30 am; Saturday, Sunday, Holiday...

Now thru September 20, 2020

Lazy River Tubing Paris to Brant Park

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River St N Paris, ON N3L 2M4

Raft - Personal Kayak-Raft Reg $/person $36.96 + HST; Various times available; Starting point at...

Now thru October 2

MINIATURE GOLF

Adventure Village

580 Van Wagners Beach Road Hamilton, Ontario L8E 3L8

Mon - Thurs 10 am - 9pm, Friday 12 - 10pm; Saturday 10am - 10pm;...

Now thru October 30

Friends & Family Float on the Grand

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River St N Paris, ON N3L 2M4

Start at 113 Grand River St. North, Paris - various times available 8:30 am to...

Now thru October 30

Slither & Crawl Private Adventure Tour

Mountsberg Conservation Area and Discovery Centre

2259 Milburough Line Campbellville, ON

Tour Times: 10-11am, 11:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-2:30pm, 3-4pm $75 (for groups up to 10 people) + HST...

Now thru October 12

African Lion Safari – Drive Thru Game Reserve

Open Daily 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; All prices not including 13% HST. ADULT (13+...

Now thru October 2

Feed the Alpacas

Alpacas From Eighth & Mud

232 8th Rd E, Stoney Creek, ON L8J 3M2

For the summer months we will be open: Thursday to Sunday 10:00 to 4:30; To book...

Now thru October 30

90 Minute Nature Cruise

Grand River Dinner Cruises

36 Brant County Road 22 Caledonia, Ontario, N3W 2G9

Available: Saturday & Sunday - Times: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m....

Now thru October 6

Yoga at the Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Fee: $15 per class + Service Fee (Members 10% off*) Date & Time: Tuesdays, Aug 18,...

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – Hamilton & Scourge War Ships

Hamilton Civic Museums

Throughout the City of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2K1

September 24 - November 26

AGH – Touch Tour

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm September 24th, October 22nd & November 26, 2020 EXHIBITION TICKETS...

Now thru October 15

Guided 2 day /1 night Youth River Trip

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113

Starting point at 113 Grand River St N, Paris; Starting time at 9 am; Canoe...

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

64 Sulphur Springs Road, Ancaster, ON, L9G 1L8

Now thru November 7

Upper Nith River Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River St N Paris, ON N3L 2M4

Starting point at 113 Grand River St. North, Paris, at 10:00 am Canoe - regular...

Now thru November 15

Mindfulness Walks

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Sundays, 10 to 11 a.m. Fee: $15 per walk + Service Fee (Members 10% off*)...

Now thru October 15

Paris to Brant – Grand River Day trip

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River St N Paris, ON N3L 2M4

Start at 113 Grand River St. North, Paris; Various times available; Canoe - $ /...

Now thru September 24

Yoga In The Park- Presented by Modo Yoga Milton

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road Milton, ON L9E 0C6

7:00 - 8:00 pm $8/person + HST and gate admission (for 2 hours total time...

Now thru October 15

Paris to Brant Park

Grand River Rafting Company

31 Mechanic Street, Paris, ON, N3L 1L1

Summer | June 20 to September 13, 2020 - Monday to Friday - Various times...

Now thru October 28

The Natural Path

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

113 Grand River St N Paris, ON N3L 2M4

Start at 113 Grand River St. North, Paris at 9:00 am; Bike - Package with...

October 30 - November 29

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Drury Lane Theatrical Productions

2269 New Street, Burlington, ON, L7R 1J4

Evenings 8 PM Oct 30, 31, Nov 6, 7, 12, 13, 14,19, 20, 21, 26,...

Now thru November 29

Where Cultures Meet

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cost: $70.00 per person Group Rate: $60.00 per person (based on 20+ people)

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