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A Day Trip to Hamilton, Ontario

Five things to do in the Royal City, under an hour's drive from Toronto.


Photo: Maria Szemplinska

Learn to Glide

SOSA Gliding Club
Take in a wintry bird’s-eye view of Southern Ontario with an intro glider flight. On the outskirts of Hamilton, the gliding hub houses sleek machines like the Schleicher ASK-21, which are guided to over 900 metres by tow plane, then released. All you’ll hear is the whisper of the wind as you take in the snowy view of the Greenbelt in the company of an experienced pilot. (On a clear day, you can see all the way to the CN Tower.) Try your hand at taking the reins, and soar freely through the sky; catch a column of warm air rising from a puffy cloud – called a thermal in gliding lingo – and you’ll get higher still, up to 2,130 metres.
1144 Cooper Rd., 519-740-9328


Rapscallion Rogue Eatery
Executive chef Matt Kershaw’s sophisticated nose-to-tail approach to food shines through with an ever-changing menu that is tailored to all tastes: vegetarian, vegan and even gluten- or nut-free. Crack into the chicken liver brûlée for a sweet, savoury and umami delight.
61 Young Street, 905-522-0088



Owners Tamara and Sean McKaig champion local ­makers at their­ rustic-industrial ­lifestyle boutique. Their ­bestselling tuques emblazoned with Hamilton neighbourhood names are a cozy collaboration with Toronto’s Tuck Shop Trading Co.
233 Locke St. S., 905-523-0606

Julia Veenstra's studio

Photo: Jeff Tessier

Pit Stop

Julia Veenstra’s studio
Meet Julia Veenstra at her James Street North Gallery and studio space, and see her work: her bright colour palettes and confident brush strokes reflect her ­celebratory approach to acrylic painting. She set up shop in Hamilton for its unique cityscape, plus the beauty of the natural landscape nearby.
167 James St. N., 905-906-3368

Photo: Andrea Ramolo

Local Hamilton Legend

Tom Wilson
Musician, artist and author

Growing up in the Hammer, Juno winner Tom Wilson of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Junkhouse and Lee Harvey Osmond eschewed a job in the steel mills to pursue the life of an artist. The renaissance of his hometown comes as no surprise to Tom, who’s been proudly working in Hamilton for 40 years and referencing the city in his work. Case in point: The Junkhouse song “Big Lake” from the 1993 Gold album Strays asks, “Will I see you in Steel Town?”



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