Hamilton’s Mount Hope is full of things to do all year long—just steps from the front door of your new home in Mount Hope by Cachet.
You don’t have to venture far to celebrate the culture and heritage of the area. Here are some of the best finds the area has to offer:
IN THE SPRING
- Westfield Maple Syrup Festival every Sunday in March is one sweet time. This spring celebration that has become a community tradition. Visitors take in demonstrations on how to make maple syrup and then wander into the sugar bush for a sugar-shack treat.
- In April, gritLIT, Hamilton’s annual festival for readers and writers, is a four-day celebration of Canadian authors. Discover new voices and enjoy familiar ones with readings, discussions, workshops and special events.
- Spring is a great time to visit Dundurn Castle historical estate, as the costumed interpreters and tour guides take the show outside to include the surrounding grounds and outbuildings. Guests enjoy learning about former inhabitants above and below the stairs and participate in fun workshops.
IN THE SUMMER
- Nature-lovers are never let down in the summer, especially when the Royal Botanical Gardens come alive with colour. Canada’s largest garden hosts year-round events and has an enormous collection that includes 3,000 rose bushes.
The Winona Peach Festival every August features a midway, exhibits, arts and crafts, a car show, free children’s entertainment—and, of course, peach pies, crepes, cobblers, and sundaes.
- Every June, The Collective Arts Fest incorporates beer, music and art at Collective Arts Brewing. Expect live mural artists, screen-printing, and food trucks, plus more than 50 different brews from around the world.
- The theatre crowd takes a shine to the annual Fringe Festival in July, which celebrates the spirit of independent theatre artists over 12 days throughout the city.
- And for the daring, Tree Trekking zipline adventure park in the Binbrook Conservation Area will get you tree-to-tree via bridges, swings, and ziplines.
IN THE FALL
Expanding on Hamilton’s Art Crawl every second Friday of every month, the Supercrawl each September is a block party and a half. Enjoy the free arts festival that shuts down James Street North for four days of art installations, live music, food, and cultural diversity.
- Find harvest fun in Battlefield Park at the Apple Festival and fill up on a pancake breakfast before tackling games, pumpkin decorating, and live demos. This festival offers entertainment for the whole family.
- Rockton World’s Fair each October over Thanksgiving weekend is truly a blast, with endless activities and sightings for the whole family. Displays include home crafts, antique machinery, livestock exhibits and judging, school fair competitions, horse shows, live entertainment and dozens of exhibitors and vendors—including delicious food trucks.
IN THE WINTER
- The Hamilton Film Festival, taking place every November, makes an important contribution to the growing filmmaking scene in the city and the festival uncovers both local and international talent. You can help celebrate the art of filmmaking and enjoy some very diverse programming.
- For more than 40 years now, Hamilton Winterfest at the end of January brings locals out of their homes and into the frosty fun of the season. More than 25,000 people take part in more than 100 events across the city.
- When it’s time to come in from the cold, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum has more than 40 planes from the past and present on display, examined through tours and simulators. As Canada’s largest aviation museum, it pays tribute to the thousands of men and women who have flown in service to the country.
- The anchor of Hamilton’s ever-evolving art scene, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is more than 100 years old. Find a winter afternoon to wander through historical, contemporary and international art, displayed in the gallery’s permanent collection and exciting touring shows.
No matter the season, you’re never far from the action at Mount Hope by Cachet.