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Immerse yourself in Hamilton’s new city chic, that’s surprisingly close to nature trails and waterfalls.

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Hamilton has undergone a transformation from gritty, industrial town to a eclectic cultural hotspot, with a thriving culinary, arts and music scene. However, it’s also nearby to nature. With over 100 waterfalls in the region, you can combine accessible, Instagram-worthy natural wonders with downtown shopping, avant-garde food and drink and chill nightlife in one short getaway.
DAY ONE
Explore nature
Fall is a great season to explore Royal Botanical Gardens. Just east of Dundas, follow the Bruce Trail Rock Chapel loop to Borer’s Falls, a 15 metre high curtain style waterfall, which was once used to power the Rock Chapel Village Sawmill.
As you approach Ancaster, stop to check out Tiffany Falls, a 13.5 metre high terraced ribbon cascade waterfall, and nearby the 17 metre high Sherman Falls, beside the Bruce Trail.
Stay and dine
Check into the Barracks Inn, a newly opened century stone boutique style inn located in Ancaster Heritage Village. Enjoy dinner at the Ancaster Mill, a restored mill overlooking the 7 metres high Mill Falls.

DAY TWO
Grab a coffee (and Donut Monster – small batch, from scratch!) from Vintage Coffee Roasters on King Street East. Release your inner inventor at the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology. The museum is housed in the Waterworks Pumping Station (a National Historic Site) that is almost 150 years old and features two operating 70 ton steam engines.
Where to stay
Drop your bags at the Best Western Premier C Hotel By Carmen's (earn Best Western loyalty points!) before heading downtown for a fall inspired soup at the Burnt Tongue. 
City sights
Browse vintage shops, art galleries and local boutiques on Hamilton’s James Street North. The Hamilton Store celebrates everything Hamilton, find art inspiring materials at Mixed Media or handmade jewelry and Canadian-made clothing at White Elephant, while the Art Gallery of Hamilton offers engaging exhibits at both its King Street West gallery and satellite storefront on James Street North.
See what’s on tap at Merit Brewing before dinner at Born and Raised, Choose from an Italian inspired menu by Hamilton local and Top Chef Canada contestant Vittorio Colacitti, who also brought us The Good Son in Toronto.
There’s always something happening at Collective Arts Brewing, a grassroots brewery dedicated to the fusion of craft beer and creative art, music and film in the city’s north end.

DAY THREE
It’s worth the drive to Ward IV Café on Main Street your caffine fix (psst … more Monster Donuts).
Back to nature
Stretch your legs and get some fresh air on all or part of the East Mountain Waterfalls Walk from Felker’s Falls to Albion Falls, part of the Bruce Trail. Pack water and your camera, you’ll be treated to great views of Hamilton and Lake Ontario, as well as four waterfalls.
Make lunch a Grand affair; Grand River Cruises in Caladonia offer private river cruises along the 20 kilometre section of the lower Grand River between Caledonia and Brantford (reserve in advance).

Exterior view of the Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens
680 Plains Road West,
Burlington, ON L7T 4H4
Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants and nature. The Rock Garden, which dates back to the 1930s, has recently undergone revitalization and now boasts an updated, redesigned look including a dramatic waterfall, new, airy visitor centre, restored... More Info
Open: Year Round
Web Site: http://www.rbg.ca
Phone: (905) 527-1158
Spencer Gorge
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Hamilton Conservation Authority
838 Mineral Springs Road,
Ancaster, ON L9G 4X1
Get close to nature at the Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA). HCA owns and manages more than 4,000 hectares of land, with 7 major recreation areas, 20 passive natural areas, 140km of trails, featuring 2 rail trails, 25 waterfalls and several heritage areas, including Tiffany Falls Conservation Area and Westfield Heritage Village. Tiffany Falls Conservation Area is considered a significant... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (905) 525-2181
Exterior view of The Barracks Inn
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The Barracks Inn
425 Wilson Street East,
Ancaster, ON L9G 2C4
The Barracks Inn, a century stone building, featuring 18 deluxe, luxuriously appointed rooms, subtly blending unique period décor, with the finest of guest amenities, exuding an understated elegance, and latest in-room technology. Step inside one of our spacious 18 deluxe guestrooms or suites and experience the ultimate in Ancaster hospitality. More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (289) 445-1234
Food and wine at Ancaster Mill
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Ancaster Mill
548 Old Dundas Road,
Ancaster, ON L9G 3J4
One of the most sought after restaurants for a Sunday brunch or a dinner celebration, Ancaster Mill epitomizes the spirit of great hospitality. Situated beside a creek, with a large dining room built out overlooking the falls, Ancaster Mill is in demand year-round for weddings, family or corporate events and celebrations. Restored to keep its authentic character intact, this is a place where... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (905) 648-1828
Interior view of Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology
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Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology
900 Woodward Avenue,
Hamilton, ON L8H 7N2
Take a peek into life at the beginning of Canada’s industrial revolution. Housed in a 147-year-old waterworks, the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology preserves two 70-ton steam engines. One engine operates every day. These Canadian-made engines are the oldest surviving examples in the nation. The Waterworks Pumping Station is a National Historic Site and a Civil and Power Engineering... More Info
Best Western Premier C Hotel by Carmen's exterior
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Best Western Premier C Hotel by Carmen's
1530 Stone Church Road East,
Hamilton, ON L8W 3P9
Looking for the best hotel in Hamilton, Ontario? Our luxury boutique hotel welcomes you! The Best Western Premier C Hotel by Carmen's offers you the modern conveniences of home in a comfortable and classic setting. Chic contemporary decor and furnishings add a sense of sleek sophistication to your stay. Among many other unique amenities, enjoy services including the beautiful indoor pool,... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (905) 381-9898
Toll Free: (855) 205-4638
The Burnt Tongue's orange exterior sign
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The Burnt Tongue
10 Cannon Street East,
Hamilton, ON L8L 1Z5
The Burnt Tongue is a downtown Hamilton restaurant specializing in delicious and unique soups. Our soup menu changes on a daily basis; check us out on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the latest flavours or consult our Current Feed on our site for the soups of the day. We also serve frites, burgers, salads, sandwiches and specialty sodas. We're located at 10 Cannon St East near the corner... More Info
Phone: (905) 536-1146
Exterior view of The Hamilton Store  Photo credit: Corey Martin
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The Hamilton Store
165 James Street North,
Hamilton, ON L8R 2K9
Located in the heart of Hamilton's downtown arts and culture community on James Street North, The Hamilton Store features products with a connection to Hamilton. In addition to conventional Hamilton themed souvenirs, shop for gourmet gifts; aromatic culinary and beauty products made with lavender; ethically sourced tea blends and fair trade roasted coffee; unique hand-crafted items; local art... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (905) 973-2932
Exterior view of the Art Gallery of Hamilton
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Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King Street West,
Hamilton, ON L8P 4S8
Founded in 1914, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is the oldest and largest public art gallery in southwestern Ontario. Its permanent collection, which is focused on historical Canadian, 19th-century European and Contemporary art, now numbers more than 10,000 works and is recognized as one of the finest in Canada. The AGH is a vital creative hub and centre of lifelong learning that enables people ... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (905) 527-6610
Close up of a meal with bread, cheese and meat
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Born and Raised Restaurant, Hamilton
224 James St N,
Hamilton, ON L8R 2L3
Born and Raised is the hip and retro restaurant on James Street North founded by former Top Chef Canada competitor Chef Vittorio Colacitti. The menus feature local, seasonal, and fresh ingredients from Hamilton infused with European and Asian flavours and techniques. A wood-fired oven imported from Italy provides a beautiful focal point that adds to the restaurant's warm, laid-back and... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (289) 768-5233
Collective Arts Brewing
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Collective Arts Brewing
207 Burlington Street East,
Hamilton, ON L8L 4H2
We are a grassroots beer company fusing the craft of brewing with the inspired talents of emerging and seasoned artists, musicians, photographers & filmmakers. Our brewery is dedicated to promote artists and raise creative consciousness through the sociability of craft beer. More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (289) 426-2347
Aerial view of felkers falls
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Felker's Falls
Ackland Street,
Stoney Creek, ON L8J 1R3
This 22 metre ribbon waterfall plunging into a rounded basin is interrupted halfway by a terrace of harder rock, creating a lovely stepped appearance. Four beautiful waterfalls await the hiker that embarks on the 5.2 km trek from Felker's to Albion Falls: Felker's Falls, Glendale Falls, Albion Falls and Buttermilk Falls. This exploration of connected green spaces is just steps away from urban ... More Info
Phone: (905) 525-2181
The Grand River Belle touring the Grand River
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Grand River Dinner Cruises
36 Brant County Road 22,
Caledonia, ON N3W 2G9
Grand River Dinner Cruises is located in the tranquil County of Brant and cruises on a 20 km section of the Grand River. The area has a unique aboriginal heritage scattered with quaint farming towns and communities. Expect picturesque scenery and warm hospitality when visiting Grand River Country. Each Grand River Dinner Cruises boat can comfortably hold a busload of passengers with each... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (905) 765-4107
Toll Free: (800) 847-3321