Explore The Outdoors

If avoiding indoor gatherings has you feeling a little antsy about March Break, we’ve got some great ideas for things to do outdoors in Burlington, Hamilton and Oakville.


Revised April 1, 2020 – the Province of Ontario has issued a Stay At Home order in the battle to prevent the spread of COVID19, so these ideas are no longer approved forms of outdoor activity. 

We’ve pulled together some great ideas to still spend time with the ones you love, while also practicing “social distancing” which is one of the preventative measures being recommended by the World Health Organization.


Visit the Trumpeter Swans at Burlington’s LaSalle Marina – just don’t feed them, they’re self-reliant.


Visit one of the 100+ waterfalls in Hamilton. Our favourites are Albion Falls and Sherman Falls (also known as Angel and Fairy Falls!)


Have you hiked to the top of Mount Nemo to overlook our beautiful region? It’s definitely a sight to see, and stroller friendly if you have an all-terrain stroller.


Take a wander back in time and see the Dundas Valley Hermitage Ruins. It’s beautiful and on our list for March Break.


My kids loooove graffiti, so we want to check out Beasley Park and Woodlands Park, which is Hamilton’s first legal street art location. Bring your camera!


Take some time to be calm and enjoy the green space at the Central Park Labyrinth.


If you’re a fan of natural playgrounds, we absolutely adore Exhibition Park. See our pictures and visit here.


Take the fam for a walk, bike, or scooter trip along the waterfront. Did you know you can make it over 20km continuously? The Waterfront Trail Organization has some great suggestions for routes and must-see stops along the way, like french fries at Hutch’s.


Play bocce ball at Aldershot’s LaSalle Park. It’s also a great spot to explore, have a picnic, and it offers a variety of things to do outdoors.


Has your family tried Geocaching yet? It’s like an outdoor scavenger hunt for little treasures! My girls loved it, and we wrote about it here.


Grab some wheels and hit the skate parks at Norton, Maple, and Nelson in Burlington or at Beasley and Waterdown Memorial Parks in Waterdown, or Shell Park in Oakville.


Breath some fresh air at Gage Park’s beautiful Tropical Greenhouse. It’s open till 5 pm daily, a definite oasis in the city.


Have you tried out the frisbee / disk golf course at Bronte Creek? It’s a wide-spread course that is very challenging! Bronte Creek offers a variety of things to do outdoors!


Head to the beach! No, not to sunbathe or swim, but to collect smooth stones for painting and interesting driftwood. We’ll be adding to our sea-glass collection this March Break.


Pick up some birdseed and wander through Cherry Hill Gate at the Royal Botanical Gardens to feed the chickadees and woodpeckers. Access is free, but remember to feed the meter for parking.


Ontario Maple Syrup festivals are in full swing, and you can find info on them right here.


We are hoping to check out a portion of the Bruce Trail that friends recommended to us. This unusual March Break sure will be a great time for getting back to nature.




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