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october 19, 2017

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10 things to discover in Hamilton/Burlington

Burlington is only about 45-50 minutes from downtown Toronto and Hamilton a few minutes further, so if you are looking to venture along Lake Ontario, away from Toronto, there is loads to see in both places.  And lots more ideas here too!


article1_oct192017.jpgBurlington is tucked between Lake Ontario & the Niagara Escarpment in a picturesque location. It has been ranked the best city of its size to live in Canada for 5 years running, partially because it has everything from outdoor adventure, to arts & culture, to festivals & events, shopping & dining. If you are looking for indoor activities, the Museums of Burlington include two of the city’s heritage destinations, the Ireland House Museum and the Joseph Brant Museum and both have tours, events, activities and more.

Burlington Outdoor:

article2_oct192017.jpgPrefer to do your exploring outdoors? Royal Botanical Gardens is the largest botanical garden in Canada with 2700 acres of gardens & sanctuaries & 27 kms of scenic walking trails. There are 5 cultivated garden areas plus rare species of flora & migrating birds. Andrews Charter is another option. Not only do you get to see a lot from the waters of the Port Credit River, but you might walk away with some BIG fish!  Bike along the 23 km. Waterfront trail or hike the Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath with the only continuous public access to the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.


article3_oct192017.jpgBecause some of Canada’s most important historical moments occurred in the region, there is loads of history and heritage to discover. Visit the HMCS Haida National Historic Site at Pier 9 to tour Canada's most decorated warship, a Tribal class destroyer that served in WWII, the Korean Conflict and the Cold War.  Or check out the Hamilton Civic Museums which include 5 National Historic Sites, a children’s museum, community museums & more. Don’t forget to stop in at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, which is Ontario’s 3rd largest public art gallery with more than 10,000 works.

Hamilton Outdoor:

article4_oct192017.jpgThe Niagara Escarpment, Bruce Trail & Grand River wind through The Heart of Ontario, as the Hamilton Halton Brant area has branded itself, creating a perfect setting for outdoor adventure. African Lion Safari lets you go "On Safari™" and get close to >1,000 exotic birds and animals. It re-opens in May. Hamiltonian Tour is a 45 minute narrated tour of Hamilton Harbour that lets you appreciate the city from the water. Hamilton Conservation Authority has 12 traditional conservation areas around Hamilton region including Christie Lake, Devil’s Punchbowl, Spencer Gorge/Webster Falls plus Westfield Heritage Village and Wild Waterworks.


Featured Events

Fort Fright at Fort Henry!

Thursdays to Sundays until Oct 29th
Kingston, Ontario (Eastern)

featuredevent1_oct192017.jpgPut on your brave face and prepare to enter Fort Fright - Eastern Ontario's largest haunted fortress! Tour ditches, hallways and tunnels – but watch out for frightening live ghosts and terrifying screams. Try the coffin ride …if you dare. Check out the Haunted attractions, Ghost Tours and Escape room. If you’re really brave – try the overnight experience!

Clovermead Pumpkin Festival

Every Saturday until Oct 30th + Thanksgiving Monday

11302 Imperial Rd (Hwy 73), Aylmer (SW Ontario)

featuredevent2_oct192017.jpgGrab the kids, nieces, nephews, friends & family and head to Clovermead for a fun day on the farm!  Pick your own pumpkin, or enjoy pumpkin bowling, wagon rides, farm animals, corn maze, family photo spots and a very entertaining Pumpkin Cannon Artillery Show.

Aurora's Haunted Forest

Saturday Oct 28, 6-9pm
Sheppard's Bush Conservation Area, Aurora (GTA)

featuredevent3_oct192017.jpgA family friendly fright event in Aurora!  Explore the Haunted Forest, enjoy fun activities, ghost tales, bonfires, witches brew and a few surprises. Attendees are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes & bring a flashlight. Choose from two haunted trails - one for little goblins and one for those not faint of heart. BBQ on site.

Featured National Historic Site: 

featured_oct192017.jpgFort George National Historic Site
Take a moment this Fall to step back in time and visit the oldest military building in Ontario! Watch soldiers fire muskets, listen to the Fife and Drum Corps, see authentic training maneuvers, taste food that was prepared over an open fire and even try your hand at firing a musket for yourself, if you want! Located at 51 Queen’s Parade in Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL)



onlyinont_oct192017.jpgHamilton is the Waterfall Capital of the World
It has over 100 waterfalls within minutes of downtown, more than any urban area of its size. If you love waterfalls, this is a great place to see a LOT of them!

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