With GTA’s best conservation areas, farms, and rib fests you will be having a summer full of fun in the Region of Halton! There are art installations, unique markets, and beautiful parks to explore in Burlington, Milton!
Events and Festivals
Enjoy award-winning, authentic southern BBQ and classic festival treats @ Sheridan College. Details
Oakville Family Ribfest | August 20 – 22, 2021
Shop a variety of local artisans outdoors at this Artisan Market every Saturday this summer! Details
Saturdays | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Have an up-close and personal experience with one of Mountsberg’s resident hawks. Meet a hawk up close, hold one on your arm and even watch one released, fly overhead and return to the group. Details
Wednesday- Sunday, June 25 – September 6, 2021
Explore the Lochland Botanicals
Escape to a place where peace and well-being intertwine, whereby disconnecting from the outside world, you can reconnect with yourself.
Get outside, learn about sustainable farming practices, and all-natural, holistic, plant-based remedies that the earth can provide. 50+ acres to wander, pick flowers, and simply enjoy. Take a wagon ride to the Big Pink Swing, Build-Your-Own bouquet, browse our Shoppe, and so much more.
Explore history through fun crafts, stories, and exploration downtown Oakville at Erchless Estate. For children aged 4-7yrs. Details
July 7, 21 & August 4, 18, 2021 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
The Art of Storytime in Gairloch Gardens
Bring your little one to Oakville Galleries’ Gairloch Gardens to explore art and enjoy storytime! Enjoy a stroll amongst the roses on the lakeside, using the surrounding sculptures within the garden as inspiration for an engaging and toddler-friendly art activity. Details
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Bring a lawn chair or pack a blanket and enjoy a variety of programming being offered this summer at the RBG Blooms Stage from Thursdays through to Sundays and holiday Mondays. Details
Thursdays to Sundays, July 8 to September 6, 2021
The Enchanted Garden Tour
Dress up as gnomes, elves, fairies, pixies and make your way to Royal Botanical Gardens for an enchanting tour where a touch of magic awaits. As you venture along a 1-km accessible path, meet some larger-than-life magical beings who will share their stories and secrets about monarch butterflies. Learn what you can do to help butterflies grow and thrive. Details
July 24 – 25 & August 7 – 8, 2021
Take a scenic ride through the Halton Region via the Lakeshore to the Royal Botanical Gardens and then back to Oakville. Details
Sunday, August 8, 2021
Seeing the Invisible
See contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology at Royal Botanical Gardens. Details
September 2021 to August 2022 (Opening Dates TBA)
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Activities in (and near) Halton Region
Visit a Farm
Escape to a beautiful escarpment countryside. Andrew’s scenic offers walking trails, wagon rides, playground, animal corral, straw mountain climb, miniature straw maze, corn walk, and great photo opportunities year-round. Details
Shop at the Farmers’ Market
Get fresh produce and browse through artisan wares at Farmers’ markets:
Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate
Erchless Estate was the home of Oakville’s founding family and overlooks the harbour and Lake Ontario. Enjoy stunning views and explore the gardens and grounds at Erchless Estate. The museum houses many artifacts used by the family in the 1920s. The museum is currently closed. Details
Enjoy Walking Tours
There are a many trails that one can check out in the Halton region. Check out some of them:
- Milton Historical Society Guided Walking Tour
- Heritage Walking Tour
- Heritage Downtown Walking Tour
- Public Art Walking Tour
Explore Bruce Trail
Explore and hike various trails viewing caves, swamps, old forests and cobble beaches. You could also camp in some of their designated campground areas. Check for updates and trail closures before starting. Details
Visit your Favourite Patio
Savour a bite of everything! Dine safely outdoors at the patios this summer!
Experience the thrill of rock climbing at these locations. Details
- Rattlesnake Point – currently open
- Kelso – currently closed
- Mount Nemo – currently closed
Cool off at Milton Community Centre, Sunny Mount Park, or any of the other splash pads around your area. Check out the list of Milton splash pads!
Play arcade-style games, dive through lasers, climb glowing walls at Activate.
Have a fun time fishing!
Enjoy Ontario Family Fishing daysfrom July 3 – 11, 2021
Mount Nemo Conservation Area
Go for a hike at this scenic park or for something a little more adventurous try out rock-climbing (currently closed). Details
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Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Spend the weekend camping, cool off by one of the largest man-made swimming pools in North America, check out the children’s farm, picnic shelters, and nature centres at this provincial park. Details
Brant Street Pier
Take an evening stroll and head over to the waterfront in downtown Burlington for stunning sunset views over the lake. Details
Visit this farm to pick your own apples and don’t forget to check out the children’s play area and see what farm events are happening. Details
Limehouse Conservation Area
Bring your dog for a walk, do some bird watching and explore the Bruce trail at this conservation area. Details
Enjoy a Hike
Use the maps to plan your next hike.
- Heritage Trails in Oakville
- Oakville Active transportation Map
- Oakville Recreational Trails
- Cycle Trails in Oakville
- Interactive bike map
Fallbrook Trail Ranch
Try horseback riding at this ranch which also offers various summer camps. You can also host a birthday party here so you can ride horses with your friends! Details
A Night of Stargazing
Watch the stars and wonder at the celestial splendor. Stargazing is not fun as well as relaxing. Lie back in your own backyard or in a dark sky area near you and take in the awe-inspiring star-filled night sky.
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Visit this imaginative playground and splash pad for an afternoon full of family fun. Details
Twin Valley Zoo
Take your kids to this 25 acre, family-run, wildlife park to see over 80 species of animals including Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Birds, Bears, Deer, Alpaca, Primates, and so much more! Details
Royal Botanical Gardens
The outdoor garden areas of the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens are open. Explore the David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden, Hendrie Park, the Arboretum, Laking Garden, and the RBG trails. Light grab and go fare will be available at the Rock Garden as well as at the Turner Pavilion Teahouse in Hendrie Park. Once the garden is open fully, you can take part in biodiversity programs, music and art exhibitions as well as bloom celebrations. Details
Cycle the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail
Passing through Burlington and Oakville, the trails offers a quick cycle or a longer journey along the Lake Ontario shoreline:
Head on over to this beautiful park to see thousand year old cedars, camp under the stars, practice yoga and even rock climb! Details
With Lake Ontario and various small lakes only from your backyard, a trip to the beach is as easy as packing that beach towel and rounding up kids into the car!
- Beachway Park, Burlington
- Brant Street Beach, Burlington
- Bronte Beach Park, Oakville
- Coronation Park East & Coronation Park West, Oakville
- South Shell Park Beach, Oakville
- Kelso Beach
- Prospect Park Old Beach, Acton
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Play tennis in Oakville
Oakville has over 60 tennis courts around the town, why not check some of them out this summer and have a family tennis tournament. Details
Kelso Conservation Area
Try out some new sports like mountain biking, stand-up paddle boarding, challenge courses, yoga, swimming, and more. You can explore the lake on a boat, or play volleyball while your children use the play area.
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Check out this fun farm and pick your own strawberries or pick up a ready basket. This farm also offers a petting zoo, escarpment lookout, antique tractors and so much more! Details
Have a family picnic at this park which features designated picnic and shelter areas, complete with picnic tables and barbecue pits. Details
Rotary Park Outdoor Pool
Spend the afternoon cooling off at this outdoor pool in Milton with four lanes, a lap pool and water spray features. Details
Hilton Falls Conservation Area
Visit the famous falls, try out some fun activities at this conservation area including mountain biking, bird watching, geocaching, fishing, and hiking. Details
Willow Park Ecology Centre
Have a fun, summer afternoon at this lovely 5-acre biodiverse nature park in Norval! Details
Visit Ontario Parks
All 115 provincial parks are free to visit from Mondays to Thursdays, until September 2nd, 2021. Ontario Parks will offer free day-use visits and issue free permits on those days. Visitors will still need a permit to visit parks from Fridays to Sundays. Details
Ontario provincial parks are open to visitors. Be it to enjoy a walk or just relax in the outdoors, fish or enjoy boating, provincial parks are great places to spend your time.
You can now visit Ontario parks for free by borrowing day-use permits from participating Ontario libraries.
Stay in Cabins at KOA
Bring the whole family and spend the weekend in cabins at this campground facility. They offer great outdoor activities including weekend recreation programs. Details
Crawford Lake Conservation Area
Mountsberg Raptor Centre
Visit the Mountsberg Raptor Centre, and walk along the Wildlife Walkway for a visit and get to know resident raptors, like Pip the American Kestrel, or Chomper the Great Horned Owl. Details
Explore Mountsberg Conservation Area
Pick-Your-Own Strawberries/ Cherries
Delicious strawberries or cherries are ready for picking. Head over to your nearby U-pick Farms and enjoy ‘Pick-Your-Own’ berries!
Visit Royal Botanical Gardens
The outdoor garden areas of the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens are open. Explore the David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden, Hendrie Park, the Arboretum, Laking Garden, and the RBG trails. Light grab and go fare will be available at the Rock Garden as well as at the Turner Pavilion Teahouse in Hendrie Park. Details
For a treasure hunt-like experience try geocaching! Chances are there are some geocaches near you. Create a free account to get started. Details
Go Apple Picking
There are many farms in the region that offers apple picking. Apple picking season usually starts mid-late August/early-mid September. Do call the farms to confirm their hours before starting. Check out these farms for some great options:
- Williams’ Orchards
- Andrew’s Farm and Winery
- Wheelbarrow Orchards
- Applevale Orchards
- Chudleigh’s Farm
- Willis Family Fruit Farm
See Sunflower Fields and Mazes
A visit to a sunflower farm is surely a cause for a smile, photo ops, and plenty of sunshine. Walk on a path through a sea of yellow flowers and purchase a specialty product from a store on-site to commemorate your summer experience. In Ontario, these flowers bloom for about two weeks only from early to late August/early September.
Explore Halton’s Regional Forests
Halton Regional has many regional forests including wetlands, meadow, and wooded areas and are home to rare wildlife species. These areas can be explored by the public. Details
See a Lavender Farm
Enjoy a calming, meditative walk amongst lavender flowers.
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Experience nature and camp outside!
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