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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.

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Introduction to Rock Climbing

One Axe Pursuits

Real rocks. Climbing indoors was intended as a training ground for the real rocks outside. Get outside and breathe the fresh air while the sun warms your cheeks. Climb up to 80 feet and enjoy the texture of the limestone on your fingertips. It is such a primal feeling, being outdoors scaling the rock with turkey vultures soaring the sky high above you. At the top, take a deep breath and enjoy the view. You did it. This program is perfect for the complete beginner and indoor gym climbers.
Max group size is 30 (1:6 instruction to participant ratio). Minimum of 4 participants. Introduction to Rock Climbing can be experienced from April to October.
Offer Code: OAP17RO
Expiry: Nov 01, 2017

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

Edible-Medicinal Plant & Tree ID Hike $15

Edible-Medicinal Plant & Tree ID Hike $15

Grand River Rafting

This group hike with a forester offers the opportunity to learn your trees and plants. It covers how First Nations used them. Included is a hike to a 14th century Attawandaron drinking spring. Open to all ages. Hikes will take place on the following dates: Sunday, February 12, 2017; Sunday, March 19, 2017; Sunday, April 23, 2017; Sunday, May 7, 2017; Sunday, September 10, 2017; Sunday, October 8, 2017.
Open to all ages. Hike is not stroller friendly. Cost is $15 per person plus HST. About a 3 km hiking classroom.
Offer Code: HOHIKE
Expiry: Oct 09, 2017

Grand River Family Rafting

Grand River Family Rafting

Grand River Rafting

Rafting on the Grand River for all ages. Rent a raft with a guide... or take a map and go on your own. Along the way are fresh water springs, swimming and picnic areas. All equipment and shuttle rides included in price... just bring yourselves and lunch. No time limit.
One raft holds up to 8 adults and 2 small children. Price $160.00 per self-guided raft plus $7.50 per person plus HST. Includes life jackets, paddles, dry bag, map and shuttle ride upstream. If wishing a guide to travel with you for the day, add $145.00 plus tax. For start times, visit website. Grand River Family Rafting experience is available from April 1, 2017 to November 4, 2017.
Offer Code: HORAFTING
Expiry: Nov 05, 2017

Grand River Kayak Rental Trips & Lessons

Grand River Kayak Rental Trips & Lessons

Heritage River Canoe & Kayak Company

We offer kayak trips on the Grand River for beginners and the experienced. You can go on your own with a map or hire a guide. One hour lessons are available for first timers. Trips are about 3-4 hours long. We supply everything... Just bring yourselves and your lunch.
Kayak rental for day with all equipment and shuttle $55.00 plus HST. Kayak Lesson $25.00 per person plus HST. Guides that will instruct and travel with you for the day are $145.00 plus HST. Reservations required. Suggested age: 12 years and up. Grand River Kayak Rental Trips and Lessons are available from May 6, 2017 to October 22, 2017.
Offer Code: HOKAYAK
Expiry: Oct 23, 2017

Grand River Canoe Trips and Lessons

Grand River Canoe Trips and Lessons

Heritage River Canoe and Kayak Company

Experience a canoe trip on the Grand River for beginners and the experienced. You can go on your own with a map or hire a guide. One hour lessons are available for first timers. Trips are about 3-4 hours long. We supply everything... Just bring yourselves and your lunch.
Canoe rental for day for two people with all equipment and shuttle $80.00 plus HST. Canoe Lesson $25.00 per person plus HST. Guides that will instruct and travel with you for the day are $145.00 plus HST. To add an extra person in the middle, the cost is $15 plus HST. Reservations required. Suggested age: 3 years and up.
Offer Code: HOCANOE
Expiry: Nov 06, 2017

Grand River Tandem Non-Tip Yak Trips for Two

Grand River Tandem Non-Tip Yak Trips for Two

Grand River Rafting Company

Travel in a non-tip yak boat for two on the Grand River. Great for couples or parents with children. Trips are about 3-4 hours long with picnic areas along the way plus, swimming spots and cold water springs. We supply everything... Just bring yourselves and your lunch.
Yak rental for day for two people with all equipment and shuttle is $90.00 plus HST total. Reservations required. Suggested age: 3 years and up. Grand River Tandem Non-Tip Yak Trips for Two can be experienced from April 29, 2017 to November 5, 2017.
Offer Code: HOYAK
Expiry: Nov 06, 2017

Stand Up Paddle Board Trips and Lessons on the Grand River

Stand Up Paddle Board Trips and Lessons on the Grand River

Heritage River Canoe & Kayak Company

Want to try something different? Paddle down the river on a SUP or take a lesson before you start. Out stand up paddleboards (SUP) are extra wide for better stability. This route is 5 km or 13 km. Trips are 2-4 hours long.
SUP rentals are $65 plus HST for the day and include all equipment and shuttle. SUP lessons are $25.00 plus HST per person. A guide instructor is $145.00 plus HST for the day. Reservations required. Suggested age: 12 years and up. Stand Up Paddle Board Trips & Lessons on the Grand River can be experienced between May 19, 2017 and September 30, 2017.
Offer Code: HOSUP
Expiry: Oct 01, 2017

Fall Turbo Tubing on the Grand River

Fall Turbo Tubing on the Grand River

Grand River Rafting

A great way to float down the river with family and friends. Park your car and shuttle upstream. Then turbo-tube down the Grand River back to your vehicle.
Cost $25.00 plus HST per person. Ages 3 years and up. Prices include shuttle ride upstream, a group dry bag, paddles, life jackets and turbo-tubes. Fall Turbo Tubing on the Grand River can be experienced from September 5, 2017 to October 16, 2017.
Offer Code: HOFALLTUBE
Expiry: Oct 16, 2017

Experience the Grand - 2 Day Camping Adventure

Experience the Grand - 2 Day Camping Adventure

Grand Experiences

An unique 2 days and 1 night fully outfitted guided canoe camping trip, experiencing the Grand River’s scenic history and nature that reveal why the Grand is a Canadian Heritage River. Canoeing $149 per person plus HST. Kayaking $169 per person plus HST. Plus camping $38 site fee & $13 reservations fee.
Package includes: use of canoe or kayak and all paddling equipment; shuttle rides, experienced Paddle Canada certified guide; Grand River campsite; camping equipment (except sleeping bag/pillow). Whether you choose canoe, kayak or bike when ordering, you can request a different type of adventure for your second day. Cost per person based on double occupancy. Contact us for single occupancy rate. Book to experience this trip between May 1 and October 15, 2017.
Expiry: Oct 15, 2017

Whitewater Learning Adventure

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. This 5-hour instructional trip will help take your paddling to the next level with the guidance of our experienced and competent instructors. The Nith is an ideal river to learn on, and we have devised a route that sees you through progressively more challenging waters, culminating in a series of mild rapids that will test your skills. This trip is best in early Spring until May 14, and will also be available in later October.
Trip available in April and early May* and includes: Safety and Paddling techniques, including brace strokes, cross bow draw, etc.; River reading techniques, understanding current, and hazard identification; Warm campfire lunch with BBQ chicken and our Famous Maple Chili; All paddling gear, including PFD, Neoprene wetsuit; 10 minute shuttle service to your launch site; Pics of your trip, shot with our waterproof camera; Paddle Canada certified guides, averaging 10 years experience on the Nith River. *while water conditions allow Rates: Canoeing $109.95 per person plus HST based on double occupancy. Kayaking $119.95 per person plus HST based on double occupancy.
Expiry: Oct 15, 2017

Weekend in Paris Adventure

Weekend in Paris Adventure

Grand Experiences

Enjoy this 2 day/1 night adventure in historic Paris, Ontario, one of Canada’s prettiest towns. Paddle, hike and/or bike along the Grand River, a Canadian Heritage River and its trails with rare Carolinian forest, led by experienced Paddle Canada certified guides. Then relax in the evening at the historic Arlington Hotel, in Grand Style.
Package includes: 2 days of adventure with choice of guided bicycle, canoe, kayak and/or hike; all trip equipment; delicious riverside lunches, breakfast and dinner in choice of 4 Paris restaurants; short shuttle service to/from trip locations; experienced Paddle Canada Certified guides; 1 night accommodation at Paris’ historic Arlington Hotel, est. 1851. Whether you choose canoe, kayak or bike when ordering, you can request a different type of adventure for your second day. Cost per person based on double-occupancy. Contact us for single occupancy rate. Weekend Rates: Canoeing, Kayaking and/or Bicycling $329 per person plus HST based on double occupancy. Save 15% on Weekday Bookings $279 per person plus HST based on double occupancy. This package is available until November 1, 2017.
Expiry: Nov 01, 2017

Mysterious Nith River Adventure - 2 Day Getaway

Mysterious Nith River Adventure - 2 Day Getaway

Grand Experiences

Discover the mysterious Nith River, running wild across the heart of south central Ontario on this unbelievable 2 day wilderness style paddling route that almost magically appears in early Spring and late Fall, just 1 hour west of Toronto, 1.5 hours from Niagara and 2.5 hours from Windsor/Detroit. The Nith River provides a unique experience available only while seasonal rain brings the river to life. This rare 2 day guided trip offers a classic wilderness-style paddling adventure along a 50 km stretch of forested route, ranging from serene, gentle stretches to exciting whitewater. Stunning scenery and the opportunities for wildlife sightings never stop.
This trip includes: Lodge accommodation at choice of 3 inns; Historical and natural interpretation of the Nith River region; Customized instruction fitted to your paddling skill level; Warm campfire lunch with BBQ chicken and our Famous Maple Chili; All your paddling gear, including PFD, Neoprene wetsuit; 10 minute shuttle to your launch site; Pics/video of your trip, shot with our waterproof camera; Paddle Canada certified guides, averaging 10 years experience on the Nith River. Rates: Canoeing $259 per person plus HST based on double occupancy. Kayaking $279 per person based on double occupancy. Available weekends in April to May 14. Available weekdays for groups of 4 or more.
Expiry: Oct 15, 2017