25 Outdoor Winter Activities in Hamilton
The weather outside is frightful… but that doesn’t mean there aren’t delightful things to do out there! Although you may have to dress warmer, there’s no shortage of fun winter activities. Here are 25 of the best outdoor winter activities that you’ll find in Hamilton!
Explore Cootes Paradise
If you haven’t visited Cootes Paradise in winter before, add it to the list! This is Royal Botanical Garden’s largest sanctuary and one of the most significant wetland on this part of Lake Ontario. Trail Map (PDF link)
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The Chedoke Golf Course at 563 Aberdeen Avenue has one of Hamilton’s 4 designated tobogganing hills. Grab your sled and your warmest pair of boots and head to this hill. You’ll have hours of fun at this hill!
Another of Hamilton’s designated tobogganing areas, the hill at King’s Golf Course is a great place to spend some time sledding with friends or family. You’ll find the hill at the 9th hole in front of the 9th green. You can also toboggan downhill at the city’s old reservoir, the Garth and Stonechurch Reservoir. Plus, you’ll get in some exercise as you hike back up the hill. Not only is the Waterdown Memorial Park a great place for a walk, but you can also for tobogganing! You’ll find Waterdown Memorial Park’s hill just west of baseball diamond #3.
Visit Tew Falls
Did you know that Hamilton is known as the “Waterfall Capital of the World?” One of these waterfalls includes Tew Falls. Spend some time exploring the beautiful falls which are just as stunning in the winter.
Address: 581 Harvest Rd.
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Go Ice Climbing
Come winter and ice climbers can head to Tiffany Falls to enjoy ice climbing (weather permitting). Climbers must be members of the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC), or be attending an ice climbing class with OneAxe Pursuits.
Explore Felker’s Falls
Located in an eastern subdivision in Hamilton, Felker’s Falls is one of the area’s many waterfalls. Pack your camera to take pictures of the frozen water, and remember to keep an eye out for the area’s wildlife. And don’t forget to dress warm!
Address: Ackland St.
Winter Walking at Waterdown Memorial Park
This lovely park is a great place to go for a walk—yes, even on a winter’s day! Visit the park’s many paths where you can enjoy a peaceful winter’s afternoon. With the sun setting earlier this time of year, there will also be lots of opportunities to catch a sunset.
Address: 200 Hamilton St.
Snowshoe at Dundas Valley Conservation Area
Snowshoeing may not be as easy as walking. But it’s a great way to enjoy wintertime and explore the trails. There are a number of trails you can choose from – Headwaters Trail, Dundas Valley Lookout Trail, Sawmill Trail, Heritage Trail, Vista Trail, and others
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Visit Little Davis Falls
Little Davis Falls is by no means the largest waterfall in Hamilton, standing only 10 feet tall. It does, however, flow year-round. This means you’ll get to witness its true beauty even in the winter!
Address: Ackland St.
Who doesn’t love a good outdoor rink? If you feel like getting your skate on, drive down to Dundas Driving Park, where they maintain an outdoor rink in the winter. You’ll have hours of fun skating in this park!
Pier 8 is also a great spot for ice skating in the city. If you don’t have your own skates, not to worry! You can rent a pair here once you arrive.
Take A Walk Along the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail
These hiking trails span a significant portion of the Great Lakes on the Ontario shores. And luckily for those living in or visiting Hamilton, part of the trail is within the city! Enjoy the lake views which are still beautiful in the winter.
Explore the Escarpment Rail Trail
Grab your hiking boots or your snowshoes and head to the Escarpment Rail Trail. This multi-use trail is great for any kind of activity, whether you feel like walking, fat biking, or snowshoeing. It also provides you with a great opportunity to escape the business of the city!
Climb the Wentworth Stairs
Hamilton has 5 sets of stairs that connect the lower parts of the city to the mountain. The Wentworth stairs are one of the oldest sets, as well as the tallest. Climb up the 498 steps that make up the stairs—just watch for ice!
Address: Wentworth St.
Confederation Beach Park
Although this is a hot spot in the summer, there are still fun things to do at Confederation Beach Park in the winter. Explore the lakeside, and look out across the wintery shores of Lake Ontario. You’ll find it’s beautiful no matter the season!
Address: 585 Van Wagners Beach Rd.
Want to try camping out in winter? Valens Lake has a number of campsites that are available for winter camping. Contact the Valens Park for their winter camping program or try the nightly off-season camping.
Check out Hamilton’s Street Art
Hamilton is a city full of wonders—and that goes for their art! Explore the more urban parts of the city by searching for all the public art. You’ll be amazed by all the beautiful murals throughout the city!
Visit Bruce Trail
Escape the business of the city and explore Hamilton’s portion of the historic Bruce Trail. Located on the Niagara escarpment, this beautifully kept and maintained trail is great even in the winter. You’ll have a whole new appreciation for the city when you visit this trail!
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Geocaching is a great activity to do either by yourself or with a friend! Hamilton has tons of geocaching opportunities, so check out the geocaching trails and see what you can find. At the very least, you’ll go on a fun adventure!
Winter at Westfield Heritage Village
The grounds at Westfield Heritage Village is a great place to enjoy walking, especially during the winter season. Historical buildings set in snowy winter wonderland make for stunning photos.
Address: 1049 Kirkwall Road Hamilton
Bring Your Dog to Heritage Green
Looking to exercise your pooch this winter? Head to Heritage Green! This park has an area for dogs, where your pup will be able to romp and play!
Address: 447 1st Rd. W
Use the QR Trail at Veterans Memorial Park
Find a new way to stay fit by using Hamilton city’s QR trail codes. You’ll find one at Veterans Memorial Park. All you have to do is download the app, scan the QR codes on the signs along the trail, and do the exercise!
Address: 105 Huntingwood Ave.
Climb the Chedoke Stairs
If you really want to get in some exercise, visit one of Hamilton’s set of escarpment stairs. The Chedoke Stairs are made up of 280 steps, a great way to challenge your endurance. And don’t worry—going down is easier than going up!
Address: Chedoke Park
Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Whether you want to learn more about the city, or you just want to get out of the house, scavenger hunts are a great way to do it. On this hunt, you’ll get to explore Hamilton’s urban center. And you might just learn a thing or two along the way!
Address: Starts at 71 Main St. W
Cost: $6.99 per person
Explore the Festive Lights
Spend some time walking through the city’s urban centre to check out the holiday lights. This is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit! Plus, you’ll be getting some exercise in if you go on foot.
Check out Albion Falls
One of Hamilton’s many waterfalls, Albion falls is stunning in the winter. Head to the south access to get to the viewing platform and take in the beauty of the falls. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
Address: 885 Mountain Brow Blvd.
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Visit Hamilton’s Downtown Area
Check out the city’s urban centre. With a healthy mix of historic buildings and new businesses, you’ll find a little bit of everything in Hamilton’s downtown! There are also plenty of places to stop by for some shopping or grab something to eat or drink.