As summer vacation permanently closes its doors for 2017, the rush begins to pack in all the fun things you may have been putting off. Maybe you’d like to visit some epic waterfalls or take in some hiking trails in the area, or maybe you’ve got last minute shopping to do. Either way, here are 8 things to do Labour Day Weekend in and around Brampton.

1. Take in a free concert

On Friday, September 1 Kardinal Offishall, Anjulie and JoSH are performing in downtown Brampton at a free concert as part of Ontario’s 150 celebrations. The night kicks off at 7 p.m.

2. Enjoy the sights and tastes of the Ex

Attending the CNE is a nice way to close off summer. It’s also a nice way to fall into a food coma. As per usual, The Ex has plenty of delicious and crazy eats to enjoy. And what better way to protest the end of summer than eating the daily calorie count of three grown adults in one sitting?

3. Visit a majestic waterfall

Brampton doesn’t have much in way of beautiful waterfalls, but we happen to be situated within an hour’s drive from 12 fantastic specimens. Check out the full list here.

4. Do some last minute shopping

Whether you’ve procrastinated getting it done or just need to snag a couple of items on your list, you’re in luck. Brampton has darn good outlet malls nearby. Here are 10 good of them. Bramalea City Centre will also be open all weekend, including on Labour Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

5. Hike to a secret swimming hole

This could very well be your last opportunity to comfortably swim outdoors, so why not enjoy a tucked away swimming hole? Bonus, it has a beautiful waterfall attached to it. Find out more here.

6. Hike in general

If swimming holes and waterfalls aren’t your scene, here are 10 pretty great hiking trails, sans waterfalls, that are within a 60-minute drive from Brampton.

6. Visit a winery or cidery

The best way to say goodbye to summer is to weep into a glass of really great wine or cider (Duh). Here is a list of the best wineries and cideries near Brampton.

7. Enjoy a campground close to the city

You don’t have to travel far to enjoy the great outdoors, there are lots of campgrounds that aren’t too far from Brampton. Check out the full list here.

8. Hit up a nearby beach

There are lots of popular beaches near the GTA and chances are they’ll be slammed Labour Day Weekend. But there are lots of low key options too, and they aren’t a long drive from Brampton. Here’s a list of five beaches within 30 minutes of the city.

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