Hamilton or #HamOnt as we call it online, has lots things to do this weekend and every weekend!
Living in a smaller community has many advantages. There is all the fun and festivities that you might associate with a big city like Toronto, but all of the advantages of small town life too. It’s no wonder I chose to open my business here in Hamilton where I can actually run into my clients at local events. I honestly can’t imagine practicing anywhere else.
Hamilton is perfect if you’re raising a young family – or even if you’re on your own – because there is so much to do. If you’re looking for weekend plans that let you stay local, this blog is for you…
Have You Been To The Royal Botanical Gardens?
If you’re into frogs, now is the time! My kids love amphibians, so this is a must do in our house, but if the hoppers aren’t your thing, there are new exhibits opening as the year moves forward at RBG, throughout 2018. They’re even hosting a pajama party in April, which sounds like a lot of fun for the young ones.
Visit A Piece Of Local History!
Who wouldn’t want to visit a castle? Dundurn Castle is Hamilton’s answer to castle culture and it inspires the imagination of young and old alike.
Sherry says it’s like having a little piece of Downton Abbey right in our backyard. With many events throughout the year, a great aspect of the castle is that you can go and learn a little about the lives lived upstairs AND downstairs, back in the 1830s.
In fact, Hamilton is home to several interesting historical sites and museums including:
- Battlefield House Museum and Park
- Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum
- Griffin House National Historic Site
- Hamilton Military Museum
- Whitehern Historic House and Garden
- Hamilton and Scourge National Historic site
Visit Hamilton.ca for more information on all of these fascinating locales. May is museum month, so don’t miss out on some of the great options Hamilton has to offer, many of them with free admission during the month of May.
A Museum Made For Everyone
For the little ones, the Hamilton Children’s Museum has a lot of hands-on exhibits and information that kids of all ages can enjoy and learn a little from.
Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology features a 150 year old waterworks, including a steam pump engine, which is possibly the last of its kind in Canada! From the Boats, Models and Trains event at the end of May to the Wizarding Workshop in October, there’s plenty to do and see here.
Art And Antiques
June 2nd through 8th is the time for the Hamilton Arts Week, an annual celebration of local talents and culture. Or how about the Christie Antique and Vintage Show at the end of May and again in the autumn? Christie Lake conservation area gets transformed with 100s of dealers spread over 10 acres of parkland. Maybe you’ll discover some hidden treasure?
If you’re on the hunt, I recommend you bring cash as not every vendor will accept interac or credit cards.
Year Round Markets And Other Edibles
If you’re a fan of fresh and local, it’s worth a trip on Saturday’s to the Terra Winter Market.
From produce to baked goods, you can enjoy a leisurely shop all year round. March is also the perfect time to get some local maple syrup. Check out the festival at Westfield Heritage Village and learn about how maple syrup was tapped and collected, the old fashioned way, as well as how it’s done today. Later in the summer, you may want to visit Westfield for the Ice Cream Carnival.
A special event coming up this August is the third annual Craftadian: Made in Hamilton.
For one day, you can find 70+ local crafters and artisans showing their wares. If you like to buy local, this is a great opportunity for unique, one of a kind pieces, made right here in Hamilton.
Take In A Show
FirstOntario Centre features excellent shows for the whole family. Who doesn’t want to see Peppa Pig Live? Well, perhaps not all of us, but the range of concerts and shows available throughout the area, virtually every weekend of the year, is amazing.
From Stars on Ice to I Mother Earth, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra to Monster Jam, there is a lot of choice.
Make sure you bookmark TourismHamilton.com for everything happening in the area in 2018.
And if you’re just visiting for the weekend, take a good look around at a great city that is growing, while still retaining its unique charm. Maybe I’ll see you out there!