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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.

Explore Hamilton Conservation Authority with a Membership Pass

Explore Hamilton Conservation Authority with a Membership Pass

Hamilton Conservation Authority

Your key to the Great Outdoors... As a member, you and your family can enjoy year-round access to HCA conservation areas for 12 months from the date of purchase, for one great price! The pass will allow you and your vehicle passengers (up to 6 people total) into HCA conservation areas, including: Christie Lake, Crooks Hollow, Devil's Punchbowl, Dundas Valley, Eramosa Karst, Fifty Point, Spencer Gorge / Webster Falls*, Tiffany Falls, and Valens Lake. HCA members also receive free entry into Westfield Heritage Village's public programming, for up to 6 people, including a maximum of 2 adults. Additional exclusive rewards and discounts valued at more than $90 are also included. *Weekends and holidays from May 1 to October 31, membership pass is not valid at Spencer Gorge / Webster Falls. Two walk-ins will be permitted with your pass during this time period. Regular membership $110; Renewal membership $100; Regular two-year membership $200; Senior membership $90; Senior two-year membership $180. All listed prices plus HST.
*Weekends and holidays from May 1 to October 31, membership pass is not valid at Spencer Gorge / Webster Falls. Two walk-ins will be permitted with your pass during this time period.
Offer Code: 1HCA2017
Expiry: Dec 31, 2017

20% Off Paris to Brant Park Self-Guided Grand River Day Trip

20% Off Paris to Brant Park Self-Guided Grand River Day Trip

Grand Experiences

Enjoy a self-guided day trip by canoe or kayak adventure on the Grand River. Perfect for Families, Friends, and Couples, take a leisurely paddle with no portages on a relaxing section of the Grand running from Paris to Brant Conservation Area. Our most popular trip for good reason. Now 20% off with a Christmas Gift Certificate, but only until 5 pm on December 24.
20% off the purchase price until 5 pm, December 24, 2017.
Expiry: Dec 24, 2017

20% Off Instructional Nith Whitewater Learning Adventure

20% Off Instructional Nith Whitewater Learning Adventure

Grand Experiences

Develop your whitewater skills on Southern Ontario's Nith River, safely in the hands of our experienced instructors. This truly exhilarating experience is available for a limited time in April and early May, while water conditions allow. Save 20% on a Christmas Gift Certificate for our 20th Anniversary, but only until December 24, 2017 at 5 pm.
This offer is available only until December 24th, 2017 at 5 pm.
Expiry: Dec 24, 2017

20% Off The Grand Experience Guided Paddle

20% Off The Grand Experience Guided Paddle

Grand Experiences

The Grand Experience is a guided Grand River trip paddling a Canadian Heritage River in the heart of Ontario. The Grand, southern Ontario's largest river, flows through rare Carolinian forests. A leisurely paddle through scenic woodland with calm water and occasional swifts adding fun and excitement. Save 20% on Christmas Gift Certificates, but only until 5 pm on December 24.
This offer is available for purchase until 5 pm on December 24, 2017.
Expiry: Dec 24, 2017

20% Off Friends & Family Floats on the Grand -- Self-Guided Rafting

20% Off Friends & Family Floats on the Grand -- Self-Guided Rafting

Grand Experiences

Treat miles of scenic river as your own awesome back yard on a float down the Grand River with friends and/or family in comfortable 8 or 12 person rafts. Best outdoor gathering ever. A soft adventure with scenic large forest along a beautiful Canadian Heritage River. Located in the heart of southern Ontario, it is virtually in your back yard, just an hour west of Toronto. Save 20% off with a Christmas Gift Certificate, but only until December 24 at 5 pm.
Offer is available until December 24, 2017 at 5 pm.
Expiry: Dec 24, 2017

20% Off Upper Nith River Experience - Guided

20% Off Upper Nith River Experience - Guided

Grand Experiences

This stunning near wilderness paddling route takes you along an almost unknown stretch of water in southern Ontario, the Upper Nith River. Spring high waters make this trip an unforgettable experience. Save 20% with the 20th Anniversary Christmas Special, but only until December 24th at 5 pm.
The special price of 20% off applies until December 24th, 2017 at 5 pm.
Expiry: Dec 24, 2017

Christmas Gift Certificates for the Gift of Adventure

Christmas Gift Certificates for the Gift of Adventure

Grand Experiences

20th Anniversary Christmas Gift Certificate Sale of 20% Off Grand Experiences Gift Certificates can be purchased on-line for amounts of $50, $100, and $200 -- less 20% sale discount. 20% Discount applies as follows: $200 Gift Certificate charge is $141.59 plus 13% HST = $160. $100 Gift Certificate charge is $70.80 plus 13% HST = $80. $50 Gift Certificate charge is $35.40 plus 13% HST = $40. Other amounts and trips can also be purchased by calling us at 1-888-258-0441. Gift Certificates are good for all trips, lessons and merchandise and never expire. The Christmas Gift Certificate offer applies until December 24, 2017 at 5 pm.
The Christmas Gift Certificate offer is good until December 24, 2017 at 5 pm.
Expiry: Dec 24, 2017

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

Raptor Encounter Experience

Raptor Encounter Experience

Conservation Halton

Get a personal introduction to eagles, hawks, owls and falcons and enjoy a private 45-minute experience led by our expert Raptor Centre staff. Depending on raptor health and training, you might even get a peek at feeding, raptor care, training, socialization, or even a behind-the-scenes tour of our facilities. Best of all, unlike our other programming, a Raptor Encounter can provide you the opportunity to hold one of our native, non-releasable raptors! Talk about a nose to beak experience! Please Note: Raptor Encounter fees include park admission! Come for the birds and stay the whole day.
Purchase your Raptor Encounter Experience before December 18, 2017.
Expiry: Dec 18, 2017

Conservation Halton or Glen Eden Gift Cards

Conservation Halton or Glen Eden Gift Cards

Conservation Halton

Can't decide what to get your special someone? Treat them to a gift card to Conservation Halton or Glen Eden, and let them decide! Gift Cards are available for purchase in denominations of $50 and $100.
Gift cards are available for purchase until December 18, 2017.
Expiry: Dec 18, 2017

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