Your Ultimate Guide to Winter Fun in Hamilton, Ontario: Top 10 Activities You Can't Miss

Matthew Kelly | eXp Realty 
16 Dec 2023


Hey there, winter enthusiasts and soon-to-be Hamiltonians! ❄️🏡 Are you tired of spending your winters huddled up indoors? Well, it’s time to change that narrative. Hamilton, Ontario, is not just a city of steel and waterfalls; it’s a winter playground that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re a family looking to make the most of the snowy season or a young professional seeking some weekend adventure, Hamilton has got you covered.

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The Top 10 Winter Activities in Hamilton

Skating: More Than Just Going in Circles

Hamilton is a skater’s paradise, offering a variety of rinks to suit your mood and skill level.

Outdoor Rinks

  • Dundas Driving Park: Perfect for families and couples.
  • Pier 8 (Downtown): Skate while enjoying the city lights.
  • Waterdown Memorial Park “The Loop”: A local favorite.

Indoor Rinks

  • Chedoke Twin Pad Arena: Great for beginners.
  • Morgan Firestone Arena: Offers adult-only skating times.

Snowshoeing and Hiking: Walk on the Wild Side

Hamilton’s parks transform into winter wonderlands, perfect for snowshoeing and hiking.

  • Webster Falls: A frozen spectacle that’s a must-see.
  • Devil’s Punch Bowl: A geological marvel in its icy form.
  • Tiffany Falls: Offers ice-climbing classes for the adventurous.

Tobogganing: Not Just for Kids

Hamilton has several city-approved tobogganing hills that offer fun for all ages.

  • Chedoke Golf Course: Offers multiple slopes.
  • Garth and Stonechurch Reservoir: Known for its scenic views.
  • King’s Forest Golf Course: A hidden gem.

Winter Wonders @ RBG: A Botanical Winterfest

The Royal Botanical Gardens offer a unique winter experience that’s both magical and educational.

  • Hendrie Park Winter Walk: A 1.5 km journey through winter flora.
  • Botanical Train Display: A hit with the kids.

Cross-Country Skiing: The Road Less Traveled

Hamilton’s trails offer a serene backdrop for cross-country skiing.

  • Christie Lake Conservation Area: Offers groomed trails.
  • Valens Lake Conservation Area: Known for its wildlife sightings.

Downhill Skiing: Feel the Rush

If you’re looking for more speed, Hamilton is close to several downhill skiing options.

  • Glen Eden: Ideal for beginners.
  • Blue Mountain: Worth the drive for more advanced slopes.

Ice Fishing: The Chill Factor

Hamilton offers unique ice fishing spots that make for a peaceful winter day.

  • Fifty Point Marina: Offers equipment rentals.
  • Valens Lake: Known for its pike and perch.

Santa Claus Parades: A Festive Affair

Hamilton and its surrounding areas host several Santa Claus parades to kick off the holiday season.

  • Downtown Hamilton Parade: The main event.
  • Stoney Creek Santa Claus Parade: A local tradition.
  • Burlington Christmas Parade: Worth the short drive.

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree: A Family Tradition

Hamilton offers several farms where you can cut your own Christmas tree.

  • Merry Farms: Offers Fraser and Balsam Firs.
  • Clembrook Christmas Farm: Known for its hot apple cider.

CP Holiday Train: The Polar Express, Hamilton Style

This unique event is a holiday train that travels across Canada, making several stops in Hamilton.

  • Hamilton GO Centre: The main stop.
  • Stoney Creek Station: A quieter alternative.


So, there you have it—a winter in Hamilton is a winter well-spent. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a parent looking for family-friendly activities, or someone who just wants to make the most of the season, Hamilton offers a plethora of options to keep you entertained. And if you’re considering making Hamilton your forever home, our FREE Hamilton Home Buyers Starter Kit is the perfect resource to get you started.

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Ready to embrace the Hamilton winter like never before? Download your FREE Hamilton Home Buyers Starter Kit today and subscribe for more local insights. Trust me, you won’t want to miss out on what Hamilton has to offer this winter. See you on the slopes, the trails, or maybe even at a Santa Claus parade! ❄️👋



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