Now that the weather is getting warmer, it’s time to get out of the house and try something new. Challenge yourself, treat yourself, or just chill out with nature. Here are ten bucket list things to check out in and around Brampton during the springtime.
Go for a hike on the Bruce Trail
The Bruce Trail is Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath and it provides the only continuous public access to the Niagara Escarpment. Those adventure-seekers who want a strenuous physical challenge can check out the nine Bruce Trail Clubs. There is an extensive program of organized hikes along with local hike suggestions. The Bruce Trail website can help you plan your trip with interactive maps, guides, and articles about places to explore, plus safety tips and more.
Check out the cherry blossoms at a nearby park
Cherry blossoms only bloom for a short time every spring, so it’s best to be prepared. You don’t have to fight crowds and look for parking near Toronto’s High Park to enjoy the sakura: one of Brampton’s parks has a beautiful trail of the delicate blooms. There’s also Kariya Park and Centennial Park (which has the second biggest collection after High Park) in Mississauga.
Test your skills at an Escape Room
The basic premise of an escape room is that players must figure their way out of a room before a predetermined deadline by acquiring clues and using strategies. Key Quest Escape Rooms and Perplexity Escape Games are both located in Brampton, while Mississauga has four different escape rooms. You could also check out Markham’s Mr. Escape or Omescape. From the mysterious to the creepy to the utterly scary, there is something for everyone in an escape room.
Take a waterfall tour of Hamilton
There are many impressive waterfalls in the Hamilton area that are worth visiting. Check out Webster Falls or Sherman Falls (both curtain waterfalls), the Devil’s Punchbowl (two waterfalls in one), or Buttermilk Falls (plunging terraced waterfall). If you prefer ribbon waterfalls, you can visit Chedoke Falls, Felker’s Falls, Tews Falls, or Tiffany Falls. Enjoy the scenery, take photos, or explore some of the nearby hiking trails.
Plan a weekend retreat at Millcroft Spa
Enjoy a state-of-the-art spa featuring 17 treatment areas, including private treatment rooms and four dedicated hydrotherapy rooms. Millcroft Spa also boasts a fitness centre, indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna, steam room, private men’s and women’s locker facilities with showers and a fully licensed Spa Café that offers wellness-oriented fare. Chill out in the Woodlands Lounge, which offers fireside seating and a breathtaking view of 100 acres of protected woodlands and meadows.
See what’s happening at PAMA
The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) includes the Peel County Courthouse, Jail, Office Building, and Registry. These historical buildings are blended with the facility’s modern infrastructure to house thousands of works of art, archival documents, and photographs. In addition to art exhibits and cultural events, PAMA hosts a wide variety of other activities each month. You can take a yoga class, drop in to a knitting session, listen to a drum circle, and participate in other community-building events.
Enjoy a show at the Rose Theatre
Do you like musical theatre, live comedy, Broadway show tunes, classical music, modern dance, or something in between? The Rose Theatre has it all. The state-of-the-art theatre is located in the heart of downtown Brampton, and includes two performance venues as well as a full bar. The Rose also offers complimentary coat check and underground parking. Subscribers have first choice of the best seats in the house before tickets go on sale to the general public.
Visit Spirit Tree Cidery
Spirit Tree Estate Cidery is a cidery, bakery, kitchen, and farm store located in the Caledon hills. Apple orchards surround the large and environmentally-friendly property, which offers local products and produce. Visitors can enjoy homemade, award-winning cider, bread, and pastries. Take a tour on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, enjoy a guided cider tasting, and check out the food at the Spirit Tree bistro. Munch on wood-fired pizzas, quiche, artisan cheese, cured meats, and more.
Try your hand at target practice at Stryke
If you’ve ever wanted to pretend you were Legolas in The Lord of the Rings, Stryke allows you to fulfill your fantasies. This facility includes knife throwing, ax throwing, and archery and you can combine them all in one three-hour session. If you want to test your skill at shooting semi-automatic air guns, you can add that to your visit, too. You must have a minimum group of four people and it’s best to book ahead.
Swing from the trees at Treetop Trekking
Trek from tree to tree on fun games like suspended bridges, Tarzan swings, swinging logs, cable traverses and zip lines at Treetop Trekking. The Red-Tailed Hawk canopy tour lets you features spectacular views of Heart Lake. You can even look for wildlife in the lakeside wetland. There are a wide variety of courses available ranging from beginner to advanced. Treetop Trekking offers rates for individuals, families, and groups so you can choose the package that best fits your needs.