Looking for Adventure?
One of the best things about living in such a naturally beautiful environment is that there’s never a shortage of outdoor adventures to be had! For decades people have been harvesting the natural resources around Hamilton and turning them into awesome attractions: there are also a wealth of clubs and facilities that are dedicated to preparing people for outdoor adventures. Here’s a list of 5 things you should check out this summer!
1. Gravity Climbing Centre
If you’ve ever thought about challenging yourself to scale one of the many Hamilton escarpment cliffs, Gravity is a great place for you to practice. Just minutes away from Mac, Gravity offers great pricing for anyone eager to get their feet off the ground. If you don’t have any experience, they offer courses that will teach you how to climb safely!
2. Royal Botanical Gardens
Visitors to the RBG can take advantage of trails that wind through 2700 acres of flowers and plants, as well as a bird sanctuary and a woodland arboretum. Be sure to check out their website to find out about the special events that occur all throughout the summer!
3. Waterfront trail:
Running from the Quebec border all the way through Niagara on the Lake, the Waterfront trail passes right through Hamilton. You can pick it up in front of Confederation Park and follow it in either direction; the trail is 6 m wide and smooth, making it excellent for walking, biking or rollerblading. Make sure to stop off at Hutches on the Hamilton/Burlington border for the best fish and chips in the city!
4. Elora Gorge tubing
It’s a little bit out of the way, but if you have transportation and can get to the Elora Gorge, located northwest of Guelph, it’s definitely something you should check out! Participants can rent equipment for 25 dollars and spend the day tubing down the Elora river, a 2 km section of turbulent rapids. Busses are provided to shuttle participants from one end of the river to the other, so you can ride as many times as you want. It’s a great way to cool off on a hot summer day!
5. Rail trail
The rail trail picks up at the edge of Dundas and runs for 32 KM, right through the Dundas valley conservation area. Take bikes and a picnic with a friend or loved one for a great (and super cheap!) day.