Summer vacation rituals are great, but occasionally it’s fun to shake things up with a few days away that are completely unexpected. This summer, Hamilton Halton Brant’s huge crop of family-friendly fun makes it the perfect destination for a vacation switch-up. The following three itineraries will help you narrow down your options by having your family choose between activities based on the themes of water, land, or air.

Family Fun Theme: Water

Start your day off with breakfast on the beach. Some of our favourite morning sand and snack pairings include:

Black Forest Pastry Shop

For the afternoon, shake off all the sand by spending a few hours in Wild Waterworks’ huge heated wave pool, six crazy waterslides and relaxing Eazy River. Smaller children will have a blast in the wading pool with slides, mists, spray and fountains. Consider renting a Cabana for the ultimate experience. FunSplash Hamilton at Binbrook Conservation Area is another fantastic outdoor waterpark option. The family will have a blast competing on 25 different inflatable obstacles set on the Lake Niapenco reservoir.

Wild Waterworks

A hotel with a pool is a prerequisite for any family holiday that’s all about water-based play. Many of the hotels featured in our Summer Staytripping offers have pools, and these packages come with the added perk of a $50 or $100 VISA gift card that you can spend during your stay.

For your second day, enjoy some time out on the water instead of in it! Want to hit the Grand River for a few hours of care-free floating? The Five Oaks to Brant Park is Grand Experiences’ shortest Turbo Tubing trip at about two hours of paddling. The trip is perfect for families with young children and people wishing to see what tubing is like before doing a longer float.

Other options for day two include climbing aboard the Hamiltonian for a sightseeing tour of one of North America’s most noteworthy harbours or loading everyone into a canoe to explore Kelso Reservoir, but there are dozens of more ways to explore the region’s shorelines.

Family Fun Theme: Land

If your family prefers finding fun that allows everyone to stay dry, this itinerary is for you. Begin your land-based adventure with a stroll that will allow everyone to stretch their legs after your drive. Excellent family-friendly options include:

Bronte Village

After a few hours of outdoor exploring, spend your afternoon stepping back in time. Fun ways to play within a different time period include:

For the evening’s accommodations, be sure to take advantage of the great summer offers available through our Staytripping promotion. Excellent family-focused packages include:

The Family Stay package at Holiday Inn Burlington

The Break-Away Staycation Getaway at Staybridge Suites Hamilton

The One or Two Night Stay Package at Towneplace Suites Brantford

For your second day, do some land-based cruising by bike:

  • The Hamilton section of The Waterfront Trail splits into two sections: The Hamilton Waterfront Trail and the Hamilton Recreation Beach Trail. Both trails are mainly off-road, 6m wide, paved asphalt, and offer a smooth, wide surface that’s perfect for newer bikers and rollerbladers. If you don’t feel like bringing your own bikes, tap into the network of rental bikes from Hamilton Bike Share.
  • If your family prefers terrain that’s a little more rugged, mountain biking trails at Hilton Falls, Kelso and Mountberg Conservation areas won’t disappoint. Take advantage of the on-site mountain biking school at Kelso Conservation Area to help boost the confidence of new riders.
  • Brantford’s Rotary Bike Park is a must-try biking experience for riders who like to try a few tricks. The Cycling in Ontario Guide referred to the Brantford Rotary Bike Park as one of the best outdoor bike parks in Ontario.
Kelso/Glen Eden Conservation Area

Family Fun Theme: Air

Look up, way up, and set your sights on the sky for this two-day adventure.

On your first morning, trade the busy amusement park scene for some more nature-based ways to play that will get your adrenaline pumping just as effectively as any roller coaster! Fresh air families will love:

For the afternoon, give your crew a taste of the excitement of skydiving at iFly Toronto’s convenient Oakville location. The vertical wind tunnels offer a safe, seamless skydiving experience that gives you the feeling of freefall as you float on a smooth cushion of air.

Use offers for your hotel room from our Summer 2022 Staytripping promotion and score a $50 or $100 VISA gift card to put toward fun and food during your trip!

For your second day, celebrate the magic of flight. Airplane enthusiasts will adore exploring the incredible collection at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, which has almost 50 different aircraft on site.

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

For families who would prefer to send things sailing through the air, take a few hours to introduce your crew to the fun of disc golf. A disc golf course is very similar to a traditional golf course, but the goal is to land flying discs into baskets located throughout the fields and forests instead of hitting a golf ball into a hole. Consider giving these courses a try:

Christie Lake Conservation Area

Wrap up the final day of your air adventure by stepping into one of these four very cool open-air art experiences offered in Hamilton Halton Brant or having a nose-to-beak experience with the winged wonders living at the Mountsberg Conservation Area’s Raptor Centre.

Looking for even more unexpected ways for your family to play this summer? Visit our Pick Pack Go page to build a fun-filled family 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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119 Jennings Rd, Brantford (Brant Conservation Area)

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McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L6

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680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

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610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

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2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

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2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON, L7P 5A8

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

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Contemporary Art Bus Tour

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

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

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

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1240 North Shore Boulevard East, Burlington, ON, L7S 1C5

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Kelso Mountain Bike Series 2022

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X7

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Downtown Milton BIA

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

Now thru December 31

Art For Victory

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

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Now thru December 31

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

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Growing Your Own Food: Workshops

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680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

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We Are Made of Stardust

McMaster Museum of Art

McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L6

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Bake, Find, Feast! A Family Friendly Historic Cooking Workshop

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

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Corn Wash Basket Workshop at Chiefswood Park

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

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Now thru December 31

Guided Walking Tours in Milton

16 James Street, Milton, ON, Canada

Now thru September 30

On The Water Experience

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cost: $110.00 per person

Now thru December 31

A Day of Play Experience

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2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

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Summer Camps at the Art Gallery of Burlington

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1333 Lakeshore Road , Burlington, ON, L7S 1A9

Now thru September 25

Wake Up the Wild

African Lion Safari

1386 Cooper Road, Hamilton, ON, N1R 5S2

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Steam Museum After Dark – Adult Flashlight Tour 2022

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology – National Historic Site

900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton, ON, L8H 7N2

Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Ages: 14+ years Cost: $15.00 per person. Pre-registration required....

Now thru August 28

Sketchbook Sundays

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Now thru August 28

Garden Tour

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

10 to 20 Minutes. 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm.

Now thru 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

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Christmas Evening Tours

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $35 per person. Pre-registration required.

Now thru August 17

Paddling in Paradise

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Now thru December 31

Trail Mix

Tourism Brantford

Hardy Road, Brantford, ON, Canada

Now thru December 31

Serial Production

McMaster Museum of Art

McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L6

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Fire Over Water Exhibit at Crawford Lake

Crawford Lake Conservation Area

3115 Conservation Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X3

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Now thru September 18

Turbo Tubing For Beginners: Five Oaks Trip

Grand River Rafting Company

119 Jennings Road, Brantford, Ontario

$33 per person plus HST Includes turbo tube, paddle, pfd jacket, upstream shuttle ride, map...

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Virtual Guided Hike: Summer Edition

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

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Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Tours

28 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1

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Large Pack Basket Workshop at Chiefswood Park

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1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

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Winter Break Drop-In Activity Centre: Victorian Toy Makers

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology – National Historic Site

900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton, ON, L8H 7N2

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Walk Through the Seasons

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1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

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