Now that summer is coming to a close, the race is on to fit in those great plans that may have fallen at the wayside. Not to worry, here’s a roundup of things in Brampton you should definitely do before summer comes to a close!
1. Watch a movie under the stars (free)
Grab some kettle corn, a blanket and a lawn chair and hunker down for a movie on the big screen. Garden Square will be showing throwback films on Tuesdays and new movies on Saturdays all summer long. Check out the lineup here.
2. Catch some live outdoor music (free)
Each Thursday and Friday during the summer catch local artists performing at Gage Park (Thursdays) and Garden Square (Fridays) from 7pm-10pm. See the lineup here.
3. Do some Treetop Trekking
Calling all adrenaline junkies! Treetop Trekking in the Heartlake Conservation area offers a variety high rope courses and zip lines throughout the park. It’s sure to get your blood pumping! Zip line over the lake and enjoy the view.
4. Outdoor water sports at Professor’s Lake
If you don’t have time to escape the city for one of Ontario’s picturesque lakes, check out the one in your own backyard! Professor’s Lake offers paddle boats, kayaks and canoes for rent by the hour. Pack a snack, rent a boat and paddle out on the lake for a relaxing time.
5. Check out Claireville Conservation Area
Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind for a couple of hours of serenity at Claireville. They’ve got trails to hike and bike, wildlife to observe and even horseback riding. Claireville is located at Queen Street East and Claireville Conservation Road.
6. Hike or bike the Etobicoke Creek Trail (Free)
The Etobicoke Creek Trail extends from Peel Village to Mayfield Rd. in a 14.5 km stretch. The trail is great for walking, jogging, biking and inline skating. Pick an afternoon, dust off the old cruiser and go for a ride along this scenic trail.
7. Watch Shakespeare in the Square (free)
This year’s lineup features is a spectacular abridged version of Much Ado about Nothing, one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. There’s romance, there’s drama, there’s all sorts of hilarious shenanigans. Shakespeare in the Square runs every Wednesday & Thursday until August 20 in Ken Whillans Square in Downtown Brampton.
8. Visit Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives (free)
If the art scene is your thing, then you’ve got to find your way to PAMA in Downtown Brampton! Their exhibits are free all summer long (until September 8). Their latest exhibit, Can You Imagine? allows the public the opportunity to interact with pieces that capture the Peel community’s vision and future progress. You can even share your vision for Brampton in their video booth time machine!
9. Go camping at Indian Line Campground
You don’t need to travel far from Brampton to enjoy the great outdoors, Indian Line Campground is located on the outskirts of the city on Finch Avenue. Pitch a tent, go mountain biking, hiking, swimming at the onsite pool or kick back and enjoy the lake view. And you don’t have to rough it too hard, they’ve got free wifi!
10. Shop the Farmer’s Market
The market runs until the second week of October, and there’s nothing like a nice sunny Saturday morning stroll. The market has a variety of farm-fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh breads, pastries, wines and a ton of other things! The market operates every Saturday from 7am – 1pm in Downtown Brampton as well as Thursdays from 3pm – 8pm in Mount Pleasant Village.
11. Go Geocaching
Join the world’s largest treasure hunt! Geocaching is the recreational activity of hunting for and finding hidden objects through GPS coordinates posted online. There are millions of geocaches all over the world, including in Brampton. Step 1: Sign up for a free Geocaching account here. Step 2: Download the Geocaching app for iPhone and Android, find a geocache and navitage to its location through the app. Step 3: Once you find the geocache, sign and date the logbook and re-hide the geocache in the same place you found it.You can geocache in the winter too, but it isn’t near as fun at -20°C!
12. Grab some Kawartha ice cream
Ice cream lovers rejoice! If you’ve spent any time at all in cottage country, then chances are you know the goodness that is Kawartha Dairy ice cream! Say goodbye to cottage woes and head on down to Little Shop in Downtown Brampton and grab a scoop of Kawartha ice cream before the weather gets chilly. It’s sure to cure the cottage blues, and maybe let you forget–even for a minute–that fall is just around the corner.
13. See the Badlands
Cheltenham Badlands is a small example of a badland formation located just outside of Brampton in Caledon. The site is located on the southeast side of Olde Base Line Road, between Creditview and Chinguacousy Roads, west of Highway 10. It features a spectacular view of clay hills created by erosion from bad farming practices in 1930s Though the hills have recently been fenced off to avoid damage, it’s worth the drive if you’ve never seen them. The badlands are in jeopardy of being replaced by a 33-car parking lot, so there’s no time like the present to visit them just in case this travesty occurs.
14. Enjoy a good patio
Savour a drink or a bite to eat at one of Brampton’s amazing patios while the weather still allows! We recommend the Rose Theatre patio, The Works Burger Bistro patio, The Freshly Thai patio or the Sul Irmaos patio next to Gage Park.