Hamilton, Halton and Brant
Between the Grand River in the county of Brant, the 100+ waterfalls in the City of Hamilton and the Bruce Trail in the Municipality of Halton, the Hamilton, Halton and Brant region offers plenty to explore.
Coined the 'Heart of Ontario', Hamilton Halton and Brant is home to the Niagara Escarpment, and many nature trails, local farmer’s markets, and quaint villages.
Waterfront activities are a core feature of this region, with Lake Ontario, five smaller lakes, the Grand River, and its many breathtaking waterfalls.
To learn more about all there is to see and do in Hamilton, Halton and Brant, scroll down or visit the region's tourism website.
Where is Hamilton, Halton & Brant?
Hamilton Halton Brant is located in Southern Ontario, tucked into the bay of western Lake Ontario.
The Hamilton Halton Brant region is accessible by ground, rail or air because of its central location. Just a 1-hour drive from Toronto, Niagara, and London, Ontario, the region is perfect for a day trip for locals. Not big on driving? Take the 75-minute train trip from Toronto with VIA Rail or opt for the 2-hour bus ride with GO Transit, both still manageable for a day trip.
If you’re a bit farther away, fly directly into Toronto Hamilton International Airport (IATA: YHM, ICAO: CYHM), or, if you plan on exploring more of Ontario before your visit to Hamilton Halton Brant, you can choose to fly into the Toronto Pearson International Airport and rent a car. If you’re coming from the United States, the Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) is an hour and twenty minutes away by car. Just cross the border at the Rainbow Bridge or Peace Bridge border crossings.
Places to Visit in Hamilton, Halton & Brant
Key cities in this region include Oakville, Hamilton and Paris.
Nestled between Toronto and Hamilton, the picturesque town of Oakville is a popular spot for a leisurely stroll.
Hamilton has undergone a transformation from gritty, industrial town to an eclectic cultural hotspot, with a thriving culinary, arts and music scene. Local craft breweries, avant-garde restaurants and a chill nightlife have turned this city into one of Ontario’s trendiest destinations.
Once voted ‘the Prettiest Little Town in Canada,’ Paris is indeed a very picturesque little riverside spot located where the Nith River meets the Grand River. Established in 1850, the town is also referred to as the Cobblestone Capital of Canada for its heritage masonry and old stone buildings.
Things to Do in Hamilton, Halton & Brant
The Hamilton Halton Brant region is best known for its vast amount of water features, including waterfalls, lakes, and rivers. Soak in some of this water by spending a day cycling or rollerblading the 7.5 km Hamilton Waterfront Trail or the 8 km Hamilton Beach Recreation Trail. In Brant, paddle the Grand River to do some sightseeing from the water, or dine at one of the many restaurants along the river.
If you’re looking for a smaller lake experience, you have several options: Christie Lake Conservation Area, Kelso, Valens, Pinehurst, and Crawford Lakes all offer a different experience just a short day trip away.
Not a huge water fan? There’s plenty for you to do, whether you enjoy hiking and nature or art and culture. Hike the Bruce Trail along the Niagara Escarpment or explore the Terra Cotta or Limehouse Conservation Areas in Halton. Spend an afternoon surrounded by 2,700 acres of plants at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, the world’s second-largest botanical garden.Visit one of the open-air cafes in the little town of Paris. Be sure to take in the unique architecture and beautiful cobblestone buildings. Between the dozens of cities, towns, and villages of Hamilton Halton Brant, there’s something for everyone, no matter your interests.
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