Top 10 Summer Break Activities in Hamilton

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Summer Break Activities for Newcomer Families in Hamilton

Summertime presents the perfect opportunity for newcomers to explore their communities and participate in fun activities with the family. Whether it is exploring your neighbourhood, spending time in nature, staying active outdoors, playing sports or participating in activities under the sun, we hope this curated list of ideas helps you make the most of these summer months!

Indoor Activities

Hamilton Public Library

The library is a great place for kids to keep their minds sharp while they read books and participate in educational activities. We have branches all across Hamilton, so find one near you!

Recreation Centres

Recreation centres offer a wide array of programs for all ages. From fitness and sports to virtual programs and more, there’s something for everyone. They also have indoor pools for you to take a dip in.

Gage Park Greenhouse

This greenhouse is a great opportunity to explore plant life, fish, turtles, and more with your family.

Outdoor Activities

Bike the Waterfront Trail

If you’re looking for a beautiful place to ride bikes, this trail is perfect to stroll and stop to look at the views!

Hamilton Waterfalls

We have some of the best waterfalls right here in Hamilton – the waterfall capital of Canada!

Chedoke Trail

Chedoke trail offers great views of the city with plenty of shade to keep you cool during your stroll. Perfect for the whole family!

Bayfront Park

Take in the stunning views of water, wildlife, and nature at Bayfront Park! You can also skate, bike or just sit by the picnic tables. This park also hosts a number of events during the summer for you and your family to enjoy!

Confederation Beach Park

If you’re looking for a full day of fun, filled with outdoor activities, sports, and games for small to large groups – visit Confederation Park. Stay active by swimming in the pool, playing volleyball and basketball. You also have the option to take a stroll by the trails, bike ride or have a picnic.

Discover New Playgrounds

Check out this Playground Guide to help find the best parks near you! There are plenty of photos to help you choose.

Click here to find a list of local parks, trails, and beaches. The list includes:


· Hiking trails

· Biking trails

· Parks

· Water parks

· Sports fields

· Beaches

· Local swimming centres

Food & Culture

Hamilton Farmer’s Market

Take a stroll through one of Hamilton’s oldest traditions. You’ll get to see local, national and international foods including produce, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, deli, baked goods, flowers, specialty foods, and artisan handmade products.

Locke Street

Walk down this historic neighbourhood to visit the antique shops, historic churches and many interesting, fun shops. You also have the option of stopping for a bite to eat at many must-try restaurants.

There’s always something to do during the summer in Hamilton. We hope that you find this list helpful and take advantage of all the exciting activities our city has to offer!

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