Top Things to Do by Season in Hamilton

Hamilton City Centre

Hamilton is a great city to live in because it is bustling all year round, even in winter, with exciting events and activities. Some are family-oriented, and others are perfect for retirees or single people looking to make connections and take advantage of what the city has to offer. If you’re considering moving here, find out if you like the city by trying out one of these seasonal Hamilton events. 

Fall in Hamilton 

There’s no lack of fall colours or fall cozy in Hamilton. 

  • Brantwood Farms Fall Festival: The family who runs Brantwood Farms know how to do fall right. Expect every cherished fall tradition from hayrides to pumpkin picking and even some unusual activities like a magic forest and haunted barn. 
  • The Bruce Trail: If you’re looking for some spectacular fall colours, head to the Bruce Trail which is over 890 kilometres of red and orange glory. Try to time your trip for “peak fall” or when the colours are most intense. Peak fall changes every year. 

Winter in Hamilton 

Hamilton is quite far south and, like the Niagara Region, sheltered by the Great Lakes, so winter is cold but not teeth-chattering cold. There’s plenty to do inside and out. 

  • Sledding at Chedoke Golf Course: Chedoke Golf Course opens its steep, rolling hills to sledding in the winter. Bring the kids for some wholesome fun. If you’re a fan of golf, the course still runs select holes in the winter. 
  • Hamilton Art Gallery: You don’t have to brave the cold if you don’t want to. The Hamilton Art Gallery offers enriching winter events. This year the gallery has an exhibit on Canadian indie comics and an Inuit illustrator, Alootook Ipellie.   

Spring in Hamilton 

Spring in Hamilton is the perfect opportunity to deepen your knowledge of gardening, plants and healthy eating. Here are just two popular stops: 

  • Royal Botanical Gardens: Hamilton is home to the largest Botanical Garden in Canada. There are events year-round, but we love visiting in spring when new blooms on native plants and exotic plants both await. 
  • Hamilton’s Farmer’s Market: A little later in spring, stop by at the farmer’s market to get some fresh, locally grown produce. Hamilton farmers truly make the most of our growing season. 

Summer in Hamilton 

Dundurn Castle - Hamilton

Hamilton summers are jam-packed with activities, so you can have your pick. Two of our favourites are: 

  • Dundurn Castle: This historic site is an Italianate villa. It’s ideal to visit in the summer when the historically accurate kitchen gardens are in their full glory. 
  • Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail: Catch some fresh air on this 32-kilometre trail, either by foot, bike or on horseback. 

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