3 ways to have fun (and eat great food!) this long weekend

3 ways to have fun (and eat great food!) this long weekend

The last long weekend of summer is upon us, and we’re ready to have a good time. While some people are heading up to the cottage, going camping or taking part in other long weekend traditions, others are thinking about how to spend the next few days.

If you’re keeping it local, we have some fun, family-friendly ideas. (Bonus: they’re all inexpensive and/or free!) Here’s what to do and what to eat this long weekend. Stay safe and enjoy yourself!

Go for a hike

There are so many beautiful places to hike around Norfolk County, Halton and Hamilton. Conservation Hamilton, Conservation Halton and the Bruce Trail offer incredible hiking paths that are family-friendly and in many cases, accessible for seniors. You can also venture into Niagara or visit a lakefront park with walking trails.

This long weekend, check out Valens Lake (this is a great place for young children, as many of the hiking paths are wide and flat with no sharp drop-offs). Or, check out Dundas Valley (this is a hillier area that’s not quite as stroller-friendly, but the trails are fun and very scenic). There’s also Crawford Lake and beautiful Mount Nemo just north of Burlington. If you want an easy hike and a closer look at some birds of prey, visit Mountsberg and their raptor centre — you might get the chance to see a few horses, goats and sheep outside the barn as well! Or venture out to Westfield Heritage Centre in Stoney Creek.

Feel like chasing waterfalls? The Devil’s Punchbowl is pretty spectacular and Tiffany Falls is a fun hike to a lovely spot. Hilton Falls in Milton is also worth checking out, especially if you have young kids with energy to burn.

When you’re done hiking, head home and cook up a nice, tender Ontario steak. You’ll be craving a good meal, so why not indulge in something from our premium collection or grill up a delicious sirloin medallion? Droooooool.

Cool off with a swim

No pool? No problem. Many public conservation areas have awesome swimming areas (Kelso, Valens, Christie Lake and Rockwood, for example) and a lot of municipalities have spacious outdoor pools. Pack some sunscreen, a towel and a picnic (here are our recommendations) and you’ll be ready for a good time in the sunshine. Then, head back home for an evening BBQ to rest and refuel after all of that swimming!

Make some s’mores

Having a BBQ with friends or family? When you’re done enjoying your favourite grilled chicken, sausages, hot dogs and burgers (which are on sale right now, by the way!) set up a small fire that meets local regulations and roast up some s’mores. Kids of all ages will love the act of making this sweet treat just as much as they love eating it. It’s a great way to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall, which is just around the corner. Have a safe and happy long weekend, everyone!