The area also boasts renowned heritage sites, attractions and museums, a vibrant arts scene, distinct downtowns and delectable dining. Come on a tour of the communities in this exciting region…
Red White and True – Canadian Heritage Offers
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Nature Unexpected – Outdoor Adventure Offers
Available for download at www.ourtruenature.ca, these offers provide great savings on some of the region’s most exciting outdoor activities. Sample offers include:
Spend less time driving and more time doing with an adventure in Hamilton Halton Brant. Check out www.ourtruenature.ca for spectacular outdoor ideas. For instance - bring along a GPS or smartphone with a geocaching app and take part in a modern-day scavenger hunt!
Imagine seeing the first bald eagles to hatch on Lake Ontario’s Canadian shorelines in over 50 years. You'll find them nestled between Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment at the Royal Botanical Gardens’ Cootes Paradise. This offers access to a 320-hectare river-mouth marsh, glacial plateaus, 16 creeks and 25 kilometres of shoreline through its 18- kilometre trail system. The Marsh Boardwalk provides access to the Spencer Creek Delta, one of the largest creek deltas on Lake Ontario.
Or, for instance - as one of southern Ontario’s last glaciers slowly began to melt about 13,000 years ago, the impact of the dissolving ice on stone created a series of fascinating geological features that include sinkholes, disappearing streams, caves and valleys. Visit the Eramosa Karst to see what is believed to be the largest number of these unique karst features in any protected area in the province!
Eramosa Karst Conservation Area features trails, boardwalks and bridges to encourage exploration of these unique geological formations - including a natural dolomitic limestone bridge and Ontario’s tenth largest cave. Bring your binoculars too - Eramosa Karst Conservation Area is also a feeding area for threatened bird species, including the bobolink and the chimney swift.
Spend a day exploring at Crawford Lake Conservation Area and discover just how intertwined the studies of geology, archeology and history can be. Crawford Lake is a “meromictic lake” which means that the layers of the water do not mix. With a basin that’s deeper than its surface area, the waters of Crawford lake are rarely, if ever, disturbed by wind or temperature changes. This lack of mixing creates radically different environments for organisms to live in. It also means that the annual layers of sediment at the bottom of the lake provide an accurate record of the human and natural history of the lake and surrounding area that goes back hundreds of years.
As well as the Grand River, a Canadian Heritage River, Lake Ontario has as a variety of smaller inland lakes. So Hamilton Halton Brant is a great destination for paddlers! Whether you choose to bring your own watercraft or rent something for the day from an area outfitter or conservation area, it’s easy to float your boat in this neck of the woods. Water experiences await you in so many ways - by stand-up paddleboard, canoe, raft, kayak, canoe, or Voyageur canoe.
The Bruce Trail is Canada’s oldest and longest footpath and it winds its way through Hamilton Halton Brant providing the only continuous public access to the rocky cliffs of the magnificent Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Walk from waterfall to waterfall on a guided or independent hike - with over 100 waterfalls, acres of Carolinian forest and stunning scenic lookouts. The Bruce Trail and the Niagara Escarpment offer “must-see” experiences for hikers and climbers of all abilities.
Hiking Sites and Trails
Whether you’re looking for a smooth cruise around a leisurely loop, or the adrenalin rush of a rocky ride down an ancient limestone ridge, Hamilton Halton Brant has amazing cycling routes, paths and trails just waiting for your two wheels. And now cyclists can cruise the new route inspired by Hamilton’s famous Around the Bay road race.
Cycling Trails and Routes
Experience Canada’s largest First Nation, the world’s first Royal Chapel belonging to native people, a 15th Century Reconstructed Iroquoian Village and one of North America’s most popular Pow Wows.
From the simple home purchased by an African-American slave who escaped from a Virginia plantation in the late 1820s to the 40-room Italianate-style villa that was home to a Premier of the United Canadas, step back in time at over a dozen beautifully preserved homes.
Climb aboard Canada’s most decorated war ship, marvel at the only flying Avro Lancaster in North America, view amazing artifacts at southern Ontario’s largest military museum and retrace the steps of the brave troops that fought the Battle of Stoney Creek.
Looking for a unique experience that simply can’t be duplicated anywhere else on the planet? You’ve come to the right place. Hamilton Halton Brant’s Authentic Experiences combine the region’s signature landscapes, leisure activities and cultural gems into accessible, easy-to-book packages. Check out www.theheartofontario.com/see-do/authentic-experiences
Voyage Into Paradise is a fabulous two-day, two-night luxury Grand River and Cootes Paradise paddling experience featuring a guided Voyageur Canoe trip, First Nations storytelling, music and dance, a behind-the-scenes canoe tour of the world-famous Royal Botanical Gardens, two nights at a luxurious hotel and gourmet meals.
Pricing for the trip is $449.00 per person inclusive.
Trip dates for 2014:
Experience waterfalls, scenic vistas, Carolinian forests and the natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment on a two-day or five-day Bruce Trail Waterfall Walk. Led by an experienced guide, you’ll see a total of 19 stunning waterfalls on the 25-kilometre, two-day hike and 28 waterfalls on the 45-kilometre, five-day hike. Off the trails, you’ll enjoy outstanding local cuisine and overnight accommodations in the area’s best hotels.
Pricing ranges from $588 for the two-day trip to $1499 for the five-day trip.
Trips dates for 2014:
Go “behind the scenes” at African Lion Safari during this privately guided tour with a Game Warden to witness the morning routines of some of the park’s most majestic animals. Watch a pride of African lions devouring their morning feast. Then go off road in a rugged “open air” truck on an incredible tour of the African savannah! Wrap up your safari adventure as you enjoy a morning feast of your own with a gourmet breakfast.
Pricing is $145 for children, $155 for youth and $165 for adults.
Trips are offered from June 7 to September 14, 2014.
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