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Amanda Stancati
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Nothing says ‘I love you’ like planning a road-trip. Follow your heart to Hamilton for a romantic getaway full of adventures sure to bring you even closer together.

Hiking


As you may have heard by now, Hamilton is the Waterfall Capital of the World. Hike our many trails to these natural wonders for a view. Visit Tourism Hamilton’s Waterfalls Guide for the full 101.

Royal Botanical Gardens

Summer at Canada’s largest botanical garden is full of things to get your heart pumping. Think hiking, spotting waterbirds in the waters, and events like Garden Music Nights on until end of August. Views of the landscape can be admired from various lookouts.

Art Gallery of Hamilton

Art Gallery of Hamilton
Art Gallery of Hamilton

Browse this beautiful gallery’s impressive art collection hand in hand, including THIS IS SERIOUS: Canadian Indie Comics exhibit. . Don’t miss the one of a kind Bruegel-Bosch Bus permanent installation in the gallery’s sunny atrium, sure to keep you both enthralled.

Art Crawl


Time your date night on the second Friday of the month to catch the evening’s Art Crawl on James Street North. Galleries, shops, bars and restaurants stay open late, plus outdoor vendors and music draw crowds to the street.

Skating at Hamilton Waterfront

Pier 8 rollerskating

Skates are available for rent at Pier 8’s outdoor rink, a popular spot for winter and summer fun. Warm up with a hot chocolate or cool down with a iced drink inside William’s Fresh Cafe and stroll along Hamilton’s historic industrial harbour for pretty waterfront views (cue hand-holding).

Dundurn Castle


Make your date feel like royalty with a trip to a castle. Dundurn Castle National Historic Site is the former home of Sir Allan MacNab. Book a hands-on experience in their kitchen or enjoy a tour of the 40-room villa. (Hamilton’s own version of Downton Abbey)

Splitsville

Splitsville bowling lanes

Go back to basics with the classic bowling date mixed with some nostalgic arcade games. Friendly competition and some silly footwear can make for a fun night out. Plus they have a bar to give you some liquid courage and improve your performance.

Brott Music Festival

Brott Orchestra performance
Photo credit – Brott Music Festival

Treat your date to a mainstage performance for an elegant evening. Catch a performance during the Brott Music Festival with the live orchestra.

Game Night

Gameopolis board games

Arrange a group date night to an escape room to show off your smarts or head to a board game cafe like Gameopolis or Mancala Monk. For something a little more active, how about a game of dodgeball at the trampoline park, Flying Squirrel?

A Night at the Theatre

Theatre Aquarius at Night

Take in a show at downtown’s Theatre Aquarius currently featuring the comedy Renovations for Six. Or step off the beaten path with Hamilton Fringe, The Hamilton Fringe Festival’s winter iteration, Frost Bites, features short performance ‘bites’ of 20 minutes or less.

Love Bites


We know the quickest way to someone’s heart is through food and you’ll find lots to choose from here. For a great mix of classic restaurants and newer, trendier spots, check out our guide to romantic restaurants in Hamilton. And if you’re spending the night, you’ll love our many brunch options the next morning. Thank us later.

Converse over coffee


Get lost in conversation with a perfectly brewed cup in hand and a house-made treat to share. Coffeehouses perfect for canoodling include Redchurch Cafe + Gallery, Democracy Coffee House, and Mulberry Coffeehouse.

Treat your sweetie

Chocolat on James offers decadent truffles and over-the-top ice cream cones while Donut Monster’s creative donut flavours are something to write home about.

Cuddle up

Lovely bedroom

Find your perfect sleepover to prolong your trip to Hamilton, from modern hotels to charming B&Bs to getting cozy with camping at a conservation area.


Born and raised in Hamilton, Amanda shares her favourite places and experiences to inspire others to explore! Follow her on Twitter @amandastancati.