Hamilton, also known as the “City of Waterfalls” boasts over 125 waterfalls, including Tews Falls, one of the highest falls in Ontario at over 41 metres.
Alexander Graham Bell made the world’s first long distance phone call from his home in Brantford, Ontario to downtown Paris, Ontario in 1874. His home is now known as Bell Homestead National Historic Site.
The Grand River, one of only 30 designated Heritage Rivers in all of Canada, is home to over 80 different species of fish which represent over 50% of all the species found in Canada.
The people of Six Nations are the oldest living participatory democracy on earth. Their 800 year-old model of self-government served as an inspiration for Thomas Jefferson, the leading author of the U.S. Constitution.
The Niagara Escarpment, which runs through the heart of our region, has been designated as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
The Burlington Art Centre is home to Canada’s foremost collection of contemporary Canadian ceramics and is the 7th largest Art Gallery in Ontario.
Connected by water, the Heart of Ontario has 19 marinas and waterfronts throughout the region.
Burlington has been ranked the 3rd “Best City to Live in Canada” by MoneySense Financial Magazine for 2 consecutive years.
The Woodland Cultural Centre, a First Nations educational and cultural centre, is home to over 35,000 artifacts, making it one of the largest facilities in Canada managed and administered by First Nations.
Visit Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks, the first Protestant Church in Upper Canada and now the oldest surviving church in Canada.
Robert Hall Originals in St. George is Ontario’s largest pewter studio and showcases over 3,000 pewter items designed and made on site.
The Grand River Watershed is known as a birdwatcher’s haven, with over 290 species of birds, including an increasing population of raptors like the Bald Eagle, Brown Eagle and Osprey.
Puddicombe Estate Winery features Ontario’s only guided Agricultural Wine Trail.
African Lion Safari, a popular family attraction, is one of the world’s leading breeders of Cheetahs and Asian Elephants.
Burlington is home to Canada’s largest botanical garden, the Royal Botanical Gardens which features over 2,700 acres of natural woodlands, wetlands, nature sanctuaries and gardens intersected by 55 kilometres of winding trails.
Dundurn Castle in Hamilton has been designated one of Canada’s leading National Historic Sites as it was once home to Sir Allan MacNab, one of Canada’s first premiers.
Home to 11 “Top 100 Annual Festivals and Events in Ontario”, including Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival, Dundas’ International Buskerfest, Doors Open, Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek as well as Brantford’s International Villages Cultural Festival.
A Golfer’s Paradise with over 75 Golf Courses including Oakville’s Glen Abbey Golf Course, recognized as the “home of the Canadian Open”.
The Bruce Trail, Canada’s longest and oldest footpath intersects through the heart of Ontario. The Waterfront Trail coasts along our waterfronts and the Rail Trail traverses through wooded Conservation Areas.
Chiefswood National Historic Site in Six Nations is the childhood home of poetess E. Pauline Johnson.
Author of Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery, lived for a brief time in Norval, part of Halton Hills.
Tour the land granted to Laura Secord, Canadian Heroine during the War of 1812, over 200 years ago at Paletta Mansion in Burlington.
Play big at one of the 3 Casinos in the Heart of Ontario including Flamboro Downs, Mohawk Racetrack and Slots and OLG Casino in Brantford. Bet on horses with over 138 Horse Tracks in the region.
Rediscover history by visiting one of the 20 Museums in the heart of Ontario including Battlefield House Museum, the Joseph Brant Museum and the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estates.