Looking for some adventure this winter?

Hamilton’s built-in outdoor playground makes it easy to actually love the season of snow and ice.

Nestled between the shorelines of Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment – with its many trails and frozen waterfalls – the city is a natural destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Here are our favourite ways to enjoy the best of the season on two skates, or snow shoes, or skis…

Outdoor Playground


Frozen Waterfalls: When it gets cold enough, some of the city's waterfalls freeze over (it's Hamilton's own Game of Thrones!). You can even scale one (Tiffany Falls) with adventure company OneAxe Pursuits.

Snowshoeing: There’s nothing quite like snowshoeing after a fresh snowfall on local trails at Christie Lake or Dundas Valley. If you don’t have your own, snowshoe rentals are available at Adventure Attic in downtown Dundas.

Outdoor Skating: Practice your figure eight at West Harbour’s Pier 8 skating rink overlooking the waterfront. And warm up with a hot chocolate from Williams Coffee Pub.

Or skate like a local at , next to a campfire and great concessions from local Collective Arts brewing.

Winter Hiking: Hamilton has a huge trail network of scenic routes including the Bruce Trail winding along the edge of the Niagara Escarpment.

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Galleries, Museums & Attractions:

Treetop Trekking: For the first time, this outdoor zipline adventure park (voted Ontario’s favourite attraction) is opening in the winter for kid-sized outdoor exploration at their tree-house adventure park in the forest.

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum: The sky’s the limit this winter at Canada’s largest flying museum.

Art Gallery of Hamilton: Warm-up at one of the region’s oldest and largest galleries with thought-provoking winter exhibits.

Hamilton Museums: Hamilton is home to 15 National Historic Sites including historically fascinating sites like Dundurn Castle, Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, and Whitehern.

Gage Park Tropical Greenhouse: Escape the cold and step into a lush, tropical setting with soaring palm trees and exotic fish ponds.

Royal Botanical Gardens: While known worldwide for its flower collections, the RBG is also an incredible winter destination. Explore their many trails, and winter exhibits, like Under the Canopy featuring rainforest critters and Winter Tide, lighting up the stunning Rock Garden.

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Sporting Life


108th Grey Cup: What better way to celebrate the return of spectator sports than welcoming Canada’s most iconic sporting event.

NHL Heritage Classic: Hockey Fans can watch the puck drop at this historic outdoor face-off at Tim Hortons Field between the Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres.

Men’s Soccer World Cup FIFA Qualifier: Canada’s men’s soccer team will go head to head with the U.S. in this much-anticipated qualifying game. The first of its kind to be hosted in Hamilton!

Around the Bay: North America’s longest-running road race (older than the Boston Marathon!) is back for its 127th season.

Toronto Rock: See Hamilton’s newest Lacrosse team in action with matches throughout the season at downtown’s FirstOntario Centre.

Hamilton Bulldogs: Cheer on Hamilton’s OHL hockey team alongside MVP (most valuable pup) mascot Bruiser.

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Winter Concerts


Live music is back in Hamilton this season. From international arena acts like JoJo Siwa at FirstOntario Centre to classical performances by Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra to independent shows at Bridgeworks, the beat goes on.

Food & Drink


Coffee Guide: Warm yourself with a cup of java at these first-rate Hamilton coffee shops.

Brunch Guide: These favourite brunch spots alone are worth the drive to Hamilton.

Bar guide: After a long day of exploring the city, pull up a stool at one of these unique to Hamilton bars and pub.

Hamilton Farmers’ Market: Treat your senses to the sights, smells and warming tastes of local food vendors and lunch counters at one of Ontario’s oldest markets.

Winter Patios:

Bundle up and enjoy a meal in a private dome under the stars on the “Winter Village” patio at Collins Brewhouse in Dundas. Or step inside the whimsical heated patio at Electric Diner in Hess Village, where the menu is packed with ‘gram-worthy items.

Find even more winter comfort food and drink across the city.

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Winter Events


Beyond Van Gogh: This immersive traveling exhibit drops visitors in the midst of striking 3D renderings of the artist’s work.

Winterfest: Celebrate the beauty of the season with performances, events and art installations across the city.

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