Connect With Nature

Plan a day trip that fresh air fun seekers will love with any of the outdoor adventures below.  Can't decide on just one? Supersize your day trip and get hiking with our Hit the Trails itinerary, or bring or rent a bike and explore the region’s smooth cruising cycling trails with our Pedal Through the Metal itinerary. Don't forget to check out our summer offers before you hit the trails. 

Pick your paddle

The Grand River's gentle currents make it a great choice for first-time paddlers. Area outfitters make it so easy to gear up and go. Take advantage of great summer offers on canoe, kayak, rafting and stand-up paddleboarding experiences.

Read about one blogger who organized a group date night rafting down the Grand River.
Read about one family’s tubing adventure on the Grand River.

Waterfall wonder

Hamilton is the Waterfall Capital of the World and exploring this collection of stunners is a breeze thanks to an extensive network of trails and hiking routes, including the Spencer Adventure.

Guided Bruce Trail Waterfall Walks feature waterfalls, scenic vistas, Carolinian forests and the natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment. You’ll see a total of 19 stunning waterfalls on the 25-kilometre, two-day hike and 28 waterfalls on the 45-kilometre, five-day hike while enjoying delicious meals and luxury hotel accommodation.

Read a Bruce Trail blogger's account of her experience on a Bruce Trail Waterfall Walk.
Read a travel writer's account of his experience on a Bruce Trail Waterfall Walk.

Rock on

Forget indoor climbing gyms. Hamilton Halton Brant has access to the beautiful Niagara Escarpment, where anyone from a beginner to an experienced climber can scale up their rock-climbing routine.

Check out 4 ways you can get to the top of the Niagara Escarpment.

Explore Canada’s largest botanical garden

Royal Botanical Gardens’ 27 kilometres of walking trails include over 20 lookouts, 7 boardwalks and 21 stream crossings.

Read a blogger’s account of her afternoon of blooms at Royal Botanical Gardens.

Hike Canada’s oldest and longest footpath

The Bruce Trail winds its way 890 kilometres along the Niagara Escarpment from its southern tip in Niagara all the way to Tobermory. Many Hamilton and Halton conservation areas offer access to the trail.

The Bruce Trail passes through Crawford Lake Conservation Area’s 19 kilometres of colour-coded trails. Read about one blogger’s experience at Crawford Lake with her young family.

Find out about an app for hiking on the Bruce Trail.

Explore one of Canada’s UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves

The Niagara Escarpment is a Canadian landmark 450 million years in the making. Explore this spectacular ridge of fossil-filled rock by foot or by bike at the region’s many conservation areas. In addition to 22 kilometres of marked trails for mountain biking, the Mountain Bike Skills Zone at Kelso Conservation Area features wooden bridges, rollers, rocks and logs so riders of all ages can learn to properly tackle technical trail features.

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