Though we may have lucked out with an unseasonably warm fall, winter is slowly setting in. That means not just colder temperatures, but (eventually) beautiful blankets of snow. At a time when we’re all spending more of our hours indoors, finding ways to enjoy it has never been more important. Luckily, Hamilton residents are blessed with plenty of pristine natural space—and there’s no shortage of ways to use it.
Here are five fun things to do outdoors in Hamilton this winter…
1) Go skiing at Hilton Falls
There’s no better way to get your heart rate up—and enjoy the beauty of winter—than strapping on some skis. Hilton Falls is the perfect place to do that. Just a little over half an hour from the city, these 15 kilometres of trail provide some truly incredible views. Once the snow falls, you can head out for some cross-country skiing on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays.
2) Snowboard at Glen Eden
Just a little further out than Hilton Falls, you’ll find Kelso Conservation Area. Not far from Milton, this gorgeous outdoor attraction offers stunning views of the Niagara Escarpment. It’s also the site of Glen Eden, a ski and snowboarding resort. Known for its six lifts, twelve slopes, and three terrain parks, it’s the ideal place to enjoy the brisk winter air—and an adrenaline rush.
3) Skate at Mohawk 4 Ice Centre
Are you the type who would rather glide on ice than navigate the hills? While you may have fewer options than usual right now due to social distancing, you can still enjoy a relaxing skate. Mohawk 4 Ice Centre is hosting pre-booked sessions for those who can’t resist a spin around the rink. It may not (technically) be outdoor skating, but it’s bound to get you in the winter spirit! When you’re finished, consider rounding off the perfect winter day with a flavourful cup of joe or hot chocolate.
4) See the frozen waterfalls
There are few sights as spectacular as a frozen waterfall, and we have several of them here in Hamilton. Stunning Tiffany Falls features a 21-metre cascade of water in the warmer months—but come winter, it’s transformed into a magical ice sculpture. The same is true of the Devil’s Punchbowl and Webster’s Falls, both of which form equally awe-inspiring winter scenes.
5) Snowshoe at Crawford Lake Conservation Area
Do you like hiking? What about twinkling winter scapes? If the answer to both questions is “yes,” you might want to try snowshoeing. It’s a great way to explore the outdoors on foot, and Crawford Lake Conservation Area is the perfect place to try it out. This 232-hectare park looks incredible when it’s all blanketed in snow, and there’s more than enough space to spend a day exploring. You can even rent the equipment on-site for maximum convenience.
While it’s easy to start feeling cooped up during a pandemic, there’s no need to lean into cabin fever. All it takes to start enjoying the great nature this winter is an adventurous spirit—and a little knowledge of Hamilton’s outdoor attractions!
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