Local Activity Guide


The Local Activity Guide is an archive of suggested no-to-low cost local activities and attractions.

* Please contact activity venue in advance to ensure availability/discounted rates apply on date of visit.

Activity Address  City  Website  Details   Rate 
Aikido Martial Arts  St. Peter's HARRRP, 705 Main Street E  Hamilton  Click here Take part in this Japanese martial art form to learn self-defense techniques, spiritual enlightenment, help your physical health or create peace of mind. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-9 p.m. Free
Arts, crafts and workshops Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road, West  Burlington  Click here The Royal Botanical Gardens offers a wide selection of workships throughout the year. Fees apply 
Bowling - PrimeTime Bowling  830 Laurentian Dr  Burlington  Click here $7.50 for shoes and game Discounted 
Bowling - Sherwood Centre  1090 Fennell Ave. E  Hamilton  Click here Big pays $3.75 per game, Little is free. Must present proof of voluntary role at Big Brothers Big Sisters, such as an email from a case worker.  Discounted 
Bowling - Splitsville Bowling Lounge  1525 Stonechurch Rd. E  Hamilton Click here No charge for the Little when the Big pays a regular rate to bowl. Twoonie Tuesdays and $.99c cames on most holidays also apply. Discounted
Burlington Public Library - Activity and event listings  Various locations Burlington Click here The Burlington Public Library has 7 locations. Each location offers a variety of workshops, activities and events throughout the year. For a complete listing, please visit their website. Free
Canadian Football Hall of Fame 58 Jackson Street West Hamilton  Click here Big pays admission, Little is free. Discounted
Conservation Areas - Halton  Various Burlington/Halton Click here The conservations in the Halton Region offer various outdoor activities throughout the year, including hiking, swimming, canoeing, camping and festivals. Fees may apply
Conservation Areas - Hamilton Various Hamilton Click here The conservation areas in the Hamilton offer various outdoor activities throughout the year, including hiking, swimming, canoeing, camping and festivals.  Fees may apply
Dyments Farm 416 Fallsview Rd. E. Dundas  Click here From May to October, the farm offers tours and activities. Fees apply
Events Calendar - City of Burlington Various Burlington Click here Hundreds of special events for every occasion and season take place across Burlington each year. Fees may apply
Events Calendar - City of Hamilton Various Hamilton Click here Hundreds of special events for every occasion and season take place across Hamilton each year. Fees may apply
Events Calendar - SNAPD Burlington Various Burlington  Click here Hundreds of special events for every occasion and season take place across Burlington each year. Fees may apply 
Events Calendar - SNAPD Hamilton Various Hamilton Click here  Hundreds of special events for every occasion and season take place across Hamilton each year. Fees may apply 
Events Calendar - Tourism Burlington Various Burlington Click here An index of activities and special events in Burlington for every occasion and season. Fees may apply
Events Calendar - Tourism Hamilton Various Hamilton Click here An index of activities and special events in Hamilton for every occasion and season.  Fees may apply
Farmer's Market - Burlington Burlington Mall Burlington 905-297-5250 Find a receipe, go out and buy local ingredients then cook! May - October, Wednesday and Saturday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fees apply
Farmer`s Market - Ottawa Street Ottawa Street Hamilton Click here Find a receipe, go out and buy local ingredients then cook! 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturdays - year round; Wednesdays - May 1 - Oct 31 Fees apply
Farmer's Market - Locke Street Locke Street Hamilton 905-527-5440  Find a receipe, go out and buy local ingredients then cook! June - October, every Thursday, 3 - 7 p.m. Fees apply
Festival - Canada Day Festivities Spencer Smith Park Burlington Click here Hosted annually on July 1. Noon - 10 p.m. Enjoy live music, fireworks and fun. Fees may apply. Fees may apply
Festival - Dundas Cactus Festival Downtown Dundas Dundas Click here Mid-August. Arts, crafts and entertainment.  Fees may apply
Festival - Dundas International Buskerfest Downtown Dundas Dundas Click here First weekend of June. Arts, crafts and entertainment. Fees may apply
Festival - Gore Park Summer Promenade  Gore Park Hamilton NA Wednesday - Friday, 11:00 am - 5:30 pm. Live entertainment. Fees may apply
Festival - Hamilton Fringe Festival Downtown Hamilton Hamilton Click here An 11-day theatre festival beginning mid-July. Arts, crafts and entertainment. Fees may apply
Festival - It's Your Festival Gage Park Hamilton Click here End of June/beginning of July. Arts, crafts and entertainment. Fees may apply
Festival - Joseph Brant Day Festival LaSalle Park Burlington NA Beginning of August. Enjoy arts, crafts and entertainment from noon- 5 p.m. Fees may apply
Festival - Locke Street Festival  Locke Street Hamilton Click here Early September. Arts, crafts and entertainment. Fees may apply
Festival - Oh Canada Ribfest Memorial Park Waterdown Click here End of June/beginning of July. Fees may apply
Festival - Open Streets Hamilton James Street North Hamilton Click here Hosted in June. Fees may apply
Festival - Canada's Largest Ribfest Spencer Smith Park Burlington Click here End of August/beginning of September. Live entertainment and lots of meat! Fees may apply
Festival - Sound of Music Festival Spencer Smith Park Burlington Click here Mid June. Canada's largest free music festival. Enjoy live music, entertainment and fun. Fees may apply
Festival - Telling Tales Westfield Heritage Village Rockton Click here Second Sunday in September. Shuttle busses available from Hamilton. As you pass through the Westfield Heritage Village “Gates of Time”, you will be delighted to discover a world that existed before the internet and video/computer games. Here life is  simple, and stories and history are coming alive! Feature performances are scheduled to take place at nine different stage areas throughout the village. Free
Festival - Winona Peach Festival Winona Park Winona Click here End of August. Enjoy peaches, rides, entertainment and fun! Fees may apply
Funtasia (Sewing) St. Peter's HARRRP, 705 Main Street E Hamilton Click here Saturdays 1:30-3 p.m. A participatory program teaching children the fundamentals of sewing. Free
Gameopolis - Board Game Lounge 223 King Street E Hamilton Click here

For only $5, play any of our 600+ board games with no time limit! While you play, enjoy our delightful Hamilton-local coffees and teas, delicious floats, fabulous sandwich and snack options.

Fees apply
Geocaching Various Hamilton and Burlington Click here

Geocaching is the real-world treasure hunt that's happening right now, all around you.

Geocaching is a great outdoor recreational activity! Participants use a GPS receiver or mobile device (and/or other navigational techniques) to hide and seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches") anywhere in the world.

There are 2,254,649 active geocaches and over 6 million geocachers worldwide! Join the fun!

 Free
Go Karting - Hamilton Indoor Go-Karts 193 Cavell Ave. Hamilton Click here 10 laps for $10 Discounted
Golf simulation - Golfer's Den 351 Nash Rd. N Hamilton Click here Golf is always in season at Golfer's Den! The Golfer's Den Indoor Simulators feature true 3D realism. With exact foot by foot graphics recreations of famous courses, player enjoyment and skill are greatly improved. $20 per hour for as many can fit in room. Call to book in advance. Discounted
Hamilton Art Society - Art Class St. Peter's HARRRP, 705 Main Street E Hamilton Click here Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn to sketch, paint with water colours and acrylics. Free
Hamilton Public Library - Activity and event listings Various Hamilton Click here The Hamilton Public Library has 22 locations. Each location offers a variety of workshops, activities and events throughout the year. For a complete list of activities, please visit their website. Free
Hamilton Table Tennis Club St. Peter's HARRRP, 705 Main Street E Hamilton Click here Fridays 6:45-8:30 p.m. Table tennis for all levels! Free of charge. Free
Hanes Corn Maze 1001 Hwy 5 Dundas Click here Season. Please call in advance for availability. Find your way through a giant corn maze! $5 admission for Bigs and Littles. Discounted
Historical site - Battlefield House Museum 77 King St. W. Stoney Creek Click here Have fun and learn about history! Re-enactment and fireworks, last weekend of May. Fees may apply
Historical site - Dundurn Castle 610 York Blvd. Hamilton Click here Have fun and learn about history at a historic mansion from 1800s. Tours and activities available. Fees may apply
Historical site - Whitehern Historic House & Garden 41 Jackson St. W. Hamilton Click here Have fun and learn about the history of Ontario's most outstanding Victorian families. Fees may apply
Lazer tag - Lazer Mania 865 Upper James Hamilton Click here Bigs and Littles pay $5.50 per game. Discounted
Mini-putt - Putting Edge 2085 Winston Park Dr Oakville Click here Mentor plays for free with paid admission of youth. Discounted
Movies Under the Stars Various Burlington Click here July and August - 9 p.m. Enjoy the summer weather, bring a snack and blanket and watch a movie under the stars. Free
Museum - Burlington Art Centre 1333 Lakeshore Rd. Burlington Click here Enjoy exhibitions of regional and national Canadian artists and contemporary ceramics. Free
Museum - Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum 9280 Airport Rd. Mount Hope Click here Have fun, learn about aviation and see airplanes from the Second World War. Big pays admission, Little is free. Discounted
Museums  - Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology 900 Woodward Avenue Hamilton Click here Take a peek into life at the beginning of Canada's industrial revolution. Fees may apply
Museums - Hamilton Civic Museums Various Hamilton Click here Have fun and learn about history. Hamilton`s various museum locations offer unique seasonal opportunities and special events. Fees may apply
Parks, trails and sports fields - Burlington Various Burlington Click here Get active and make use of the various parks and trails in Burlington! Free
Pottery Class St. Peter's HARRRP, 705 Main Street E Hamilton Click here Use clay and kiln and learn the art of pottery. Free
Puddicombe Farms 1468 Hwy 8 Winona Click here Train rides, orchard and Halloween fun! Fees apply
Pumpkin Trail - Halton Various Halton Region Click here Halton Region’s Pumpkin Trail is a self-guided, mapped event celebrating this year’s harvest. During the month of October, visit participating farms, restaurants, specialty shops and local destinations for an unforgettable pumpkin experience. Fees apply
Roller skating (outdoor) - Hamilton Pier 8 - 47 Discovery Dr. Bayfront Park Hamilton Click here Enjoy the beautiful bayfront view while having fun roller skating. Rental of roller/skates not included. Fees may apply
Royal Botanical Gardens 680 Plains Road, West Burlington Click here Explore Royal Botanical Gardens featuring over 2700 acres of breathtaking gardens and nature sanctuaries. Free
Skating (outdoor) - Burlington Spencers/Spencer Smith Park Burlington Click here Enjoy the beautiful lakefront view while having fun skating. Bring your own skates. Skate rental not available. Free
Skating (outdoor) -Hamilton Pier 8 - 47 Discovery Dr. Bayfront Park Hamilton Click here Enjoy the beautiful bayfront view while having fun skating. Rental of roller/skates not included. Fees may apply
Splash pads - Hamilton Various Hamilton Click here Cool off during the summer heat! Free
Swimming pools (indoor) and recreation - Hamilton Various Hamilton Click here Get active and enjoy swimming all year long! Fees apply
Swimming pools (outdoor) - Hamilton Various Hamilton Click here Cool off during the summer heat! Free
Swimming pools and splash pads - Burlington Various Burlington Click here A complete list of indoor and outdoor water recreation in Burlington. Fees may apply
Theatre Aquarius 190 King William St. Hamilton Click here Enjoy the live theatre! For Bigs and Littles - One complimentary ticket is received when full-priced adult ticket is purchased at box office. Discounted
Trails and bikeways - Hamilton Various Hamilton Click here Get active and make use of the various trails and bikeways in Hamilton! Free
Waterfalls - Burlington Various Burlington Click here Get out, enjoy nature and hike the trails at one of Burlington's 5 waterfall locations Free
Waterfalls - Hamilton Various Hamilton Click here Get out, enjoy nature and hike the trails at one of Hamilton's 16 waterfall locations Free
Wild Water Works 585 Van Wagners Beach Blvd. Hamilton Click here Cool off during the summer heat, and enjoy a wave pool, lazy river and water slides. $2 off Big/Little admission Discounted
Women’s Aerobics St. Peter's HARRRP, 705 Main Street E Hamilton Click here

Tuesdays, Thursdays; 5:30-7 p.m. & Saturdays 10:30 a.m. -12 p.m.

 

Free
YMCA - fitness and recreation 79 James Street South Hamilton Click here One complimentary entry per membership card. Discounted
Zoo - The Killman Zoo 237 Unity Side Rd E Caledonia Click here Visit the largest "Big Cat" collection in Ontario. Fees apply
Zoo - Twin Valley Zoo 84 Langford Church Rd.  Brantford Click here Visit and learn about the animals of the world! Fees apply
           

 Last updated December 2014