08 Sep 4 Fun Things To Do In Hamilton, Ontario
Just a short distance from Toronto lies the picturesque port city of Hamilton. Located on the end of the Niagara Peninsula, much of the city sits on the shores of Lake Ontario, and beautiful Hamilton Harbour is a sight not to be missed. But there are also a ton of other attractions to check out in Hamilton, whether you’re making a weekend out of it or planning a more lengthy visit.
The former site of a military encampment, Dundurn Castle is an Italian-style villa built in the 1830s as the home of Sir Allan Napier MacNab, a railway magnate, lawyer, and the former Premier of the Province of Canada. The castle features daily guided tours of its 40 impressive rooms, and it’s an exciting attraction for both visitors interested in the structure’s breathtaking decor and history buffs alike.
Royal Botanical Gardens
The largest botanical gardens in the country, the Royal Botanical Gardens are a National Historic Site that features five different garden areas to visitors. Not only is it a beautiful venue, the Gardens are also committed to being an educational resource as well — with programs specifically geared towards kids, if that’s the sort of attraction you’re looking for.
Maybe you’re an outdoorsy type, but not so much a curated garden type. In that case, a site like the Bruce Trail may be more your style. Advertised as “Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath,” the Bruce Trail includes 890 km of main trail to explore, as well as over 400 km of other side trails. Just remember to wear comfortable footwear.
African Lion Safari
Is “The Lion King” your favorite movie of all time? Then you might want to check out the African Lion Safari near Cambridge. A family-owned safari park, the Safari houses over 1,000 animals, including over 100 species of mammals and birds from all over the world. The location has seven different reserves that the animals freely wander, so no worries if you aren’t interested in a zoo with a bunch of critters in cages.