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Exploring

If it feels like it's been a while since you stumbled upon something new, consider a day of exploring in Hamilton Halton Brant. You'll find a diverse collection of new-to-you experiences just waiting to be discovered. From rare wildlife, like the first bald eagles to hatch on the Canadian shoreline of Lake Ontario in over 50 years, to ancient lime kilns, breathtaking waterfalls and a reconstructed 15th-century Iroquoian village, this land of endless inspiration will leave you reaching for your camera and telling your friends, "You won't believe what we found today."

Scroll down to browse through additional resources and get inspired for your next day of exploring in Hamilton Halton Brant.

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Royal Botanical Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens

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Phone: 905-527-1158
Toll Free: 1-800-694-4769
City: Burlington

Royal Botanical Gardens, Canada's largest botanical garden, features 2,000 acres of gardens and nature sanctuaries, including the world’s largest lilac collection, over 100,000 spring bulbs and a Mediterranean Garden under glass.You can also explore 27 kilometres of walking trails, home to more than 50 at-risk species and a major stop-over point for thousands of migratory birds.

Eramosa Karst Conservation Area

Eramosa Karst Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-525-2181
City: Stoney Creek

The Eramosa Karst is the Hamilton Conservation Authority's newest conservation area. Filled with underground caves and streams, meadows and forests, this is one of the watershed's unique natural gems. A perfect location for hiking, nature appreciation and education, Eramosa Karst is a one-of-a-kind property in Hamilton's natural inventory.

Confederation Park

Confederation Park

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Phone: 905-547-6141
City: Hamilton

Confederation Park is a 93-hectare package of fun and adventure located on the shores of Lake Ontario in Hamilton. Do the Works with your family and friends at any of our outdoor attractions - from go-karts, batting cages, mini golf, and Wild Waterworks, to restaurants like Hutch's and Baranga's on the Beach. There's also the Lakeland Centre, featuring a swimming pool, splash pad, volleyball & basketball courts, a concession and banquet hall.

Spencer Gorge/ Webster's Falls Conservation Area

Spencer Gorge/ Webster's Falls Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-628-3060
City: Greensville

From the escarpment brow, noted for its panoramas, to the forested depths of the gorge below, the Spencer Gorge/Webster's Falls Conservation Area exhibits the physical features which have made the Niagara Escarpment one of Ontario's most spectacular geological formations. This significant natural area contains two beautiful waterfalls: Webster's and Tews Falls, and a nature trail allows access to the Dundas Peak, which provides stunning views of Dundas and Hamilton.

Cascades & Waterfalls of Hamilton

Cascades & Waterfalls of Hamilton

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Phone: 905-525-2181
City: Hamilton

Hamilton Conservation Authority, located at the western end of Lake Ontario, is the area's largest environment management agency, and is dedicated to the conservation and enjoyment of watershed lands and water resources.

Hamilton Waterfalls

Hamilton Waterfalls

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Phone: (905) 546-2666
Toll Free: 1-800-263-8590
City: Hamilton

The City of Waterfalls! Hamilton boasts over 100 waterfalls identified by Hamilton Conservation Authority, found along the Bruce Trail and the Niagara Escarpment. Experience 10 Waterfall hikes with Tourism Hamilton's new Interactive Waterfall Hikes guide.

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Grand Experiences

Grand Experiences

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Phone: 519-442-3654
Toll Free: 1-888-258-0441
City: Paris

With award winning Outdoor Experiences across the Heart of Ontario provided since 1997, we offer Canadian Heritage River adventures with Paddle Canada certified experts by canoe, kayak, raft, SUP and authentic Voyageur Canoes. We also offer hiking and biking the region's trails, including Waterfall Walking Tours in a World Biosphere. We are nature unexpected at its best.

Spencer Gorge/ Webster's Falls Conservation Area

Spencer Gorge/ Webster's Falls Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-628-3060
City: Greensville

From the escarpment brow, noted for its panoramas, to the forested depths of the gorge below, the Spencer Gorge/Webster's Falls Conservation Area exhibits the physical features which have made the Niagara Escarpment one of Ontario's most spectacular geological formations. This significant natural area contains two beautiful waterfalls: Webster's and Tews Falls, and a nature trail allows access to the Dundas Peak, which provides stunning views of Dundas and Hamilton.

Hilton Falls Conservation Area

Hilton Falls Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-854-0262
City: Milton

Exploring the enchanted forests of Hilton Falls is a natural treat with great hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails. The blazing colours of fall are only surpassed by the beauty of fleeting spring wildflowers or the richness of the green summer landscape. The viewing station at the falls lets you drink in the intrinsic beauty of a 10-metre waterfall that cascades over the Niagara Escarpment and the mysterious mill ruins that surround it.

Cascades & Waterfalls of Hamilton

Cascades & Waterfalls of Hamilton

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Phone: 905-525-2181
City: Hamilton

Hamilton Conservation Authority, located at the western end of Lake Ontario, is the area's largest environment management agency, and is dedicated to the conservation and enjoyment of watershed lands and water resources.

Hamilton Waterfalls

Hamilton Waterfalls

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Phone: (905) 546-2666
Toll Free: 1-800-263-8590
City: Hamilton

The City of Waterfalls! Hamilton boasts over 100 waterfalls identified by Hamilton Conservation Authority, found along the Bruce Trail and the Niagara Escarpment. Experience 10 Waterfall hikes with Tourism Hamilton's new Interactive Waterfall Hikes guide.

Spencer Adventure

Spencer Adventure

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Phone: 905-336-1158
City: Hamilton

The Spencer Adventure is an amazing tour of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere through one of Canada's most significant Historical areas. Follow the trail from the Dundas Peak along the magnificent Spencer Gorge, cut out by glacial meltwaters more than 10,000 years ago. The Spencer Adventure is a day full of rich experiences, so get out and start your adventure today!


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Nature Next Door: Grand River Parks Membership

Nature Next Door: Grand River Parks Membership

Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA)

The perfect gift for outdoor enthusiasts! The Grand River Parks Membership allows unlimited entry to all Grand River Parks for a car load of occupants. It comes with vouchers for exclusive rewards and freebies valued at over $90. The GRCA operates 11 parks, offering a wide range of seasonal activities including camping, hiking, boating, swimming, fishing, as well as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
(519) 621-2761 or Toll-free: 1-866-900-4722
Recipients will receive a voucher in the mail. Bring this voucher to any park gatehouse, during the operating season, where your membership card will be issued. The Grand River Parks membership card is valid for one year from the date of activation.

Halton Parks Membership

Halton Parks Membership

Conservation Halton

Buy a Halton Parks Membership for a friend, your family, or even yourself, and enjoy this gift all year round. Members receive a 15% discount at the Mountsberg and Crawford Lake gift shops; and on boat, ski, snowboard, and snowshoe rentals; and lastly, the discount also applies to camping and picnicking sites. Use your membership discount and take your kids snowshoeing for the first time this winter, or try an adventurous night winter camping at Rattlesnake Point! Members also receive a complimentary Friends and Neighbours special day pass for you to share. Bring a close friend on a hike on the Hide and Seek trail in Crawford Lake. You'll enjoy seeing the wooden sculptures of Species at Risk on the trail. Are you looking for an exciting winter workout? A Halton Parks Membership includes a complimentary 2-for-1 ticket to Glen Eden. Get out on the slopes one weekend with a friend, and give the hills a test drive. All of these perks are included as well as access to all seven of Conservation Halton's Parks 364 days per year! A family (or vehicle) membership price is $129.95 (HST included). It's a cost-effective gift that will pay for itself in experiences and memories for a whole year!
Purchase your membership before December 18, 2017 in order for it to be mailed to you in 2017.
Expiry: Dec 31, 2018

River Gift Certificates, Grand River Trips Ontario

River Gift Certificates, Grand River Trips Ontario

Grand River Rafting

Excellent Gift... Turbo Tubing the Grand... Something Everyone Can Do! Purchase your gift certificate online... simply choose a gift card or trip from the "select" box... choose how many... then choose "Buy Now" and send. Our system will automatically process the request and instantly send email your gift certificate... and you are good to go! If you have any questions or wish something customized... just call us at 519-442-2519. We also offer canoe, kayak, yaks, rafting and stand up paddleboarding gift certificates. We also have riverside campsites and fishing programs.
Contact Grand River Rafting to purchase a gift certificate or customize a package.
Expiry: Dec 31, 2018

HCA Membership Pass Sale

HCA Membership Pass Sale

Hamilton Conservation Authority

Becoming a member just became a whole lot easier! Buy your pass now and save $10 off the regular pass price AND receive the remainder of 2017 for FREE! Discount applies to regular pass price only. Makes a great gift! HCA Membership Passes are the perfect gift for the outdoor lover in your life! Not only will they receive 12 months of the great outdoors, but you'll be contributing directly to the important conservation work throughout our watershed.
Discounted price applies to the regular pass price only.
Expiry: Dec 31, 2018