Located just west of neighbouring Burlington and not far from Hamilton’s core, the quiet community of Waterdown, Ontario is beginning to make some noise.
This quaint area, which is just an hour’s drive from downtown Toronto, has seen a recent spike in popularity. This change is no doubt due in part to the sudden surge of city-dwellers now working from home. What they’re finding here is more affordable space—and a slower pace of life.
As Waterdown continues to expand, so does our list of favourite local attractions. To get a sense of what a typical weekend in the community looks like, check out our recommendations on how to spend a day here.
Visit the Waterdown Farmers Market
With over 30 regular vendors, the Waterdown Farmers Market has something for everyone. As the original Waterdown Farmers Market dates all the way back to 1952, this attraction has deep roots in the community and is a proud part of its heritage.
A good time is guaranteed, as the huge selection of locally-farmed food including fresh produce, meats and cheeses, and baked goods (they’re perfectly complemented by the wide array of locally-produced wines, ciders, and beverages, for those who imbibe). And that’s just a small sample of what’s offered.
From May through October, you’ll find the Waterdown Farmers Market in the Royal Canadian Legion parking lot at 79 Hamilton Street North. There’s an ATM inside and ample (free) parking behind.
Have a Cup at the Waterdown Tea House
Reserve a table at the delightfully inviting Waterdown Tea House, and you’ll be instantly transported to 19th century England.
Originally from across the pond, co-owner and front of house manager Dinah Robert taps into her British heritage to offer Waterdown locals an authentic spot of afternoon high tea. Set in an elegantly restored saddle shop, this vintage 1880s house plays the perfect host for tea time, as many of the building’s charismatic features have been tastefully preserved.
Sit down for a classic cup (or three) of tea, or get an array of savoury sandwiches and sweet treats to-go with their convenient curbside pick-up system.
See What’s On Display at the True North Art Gallery
Also known as the Music Gallery of Fine Art, the True North Art Gallery is based on a truly unique concept. Touted as the world’s first gallery dedicated to visual art made by musicians, this attraction houses a variety of fascinating pieces.
Find over 100 limited edition installations from headlining artists including David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, and others. It’s all at the True North Art Gallery in Waterdown, Ontario!
The gallery is owned and operated by the still-active independent Canadian record label True North Records, and is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Monday to Saturday. Offering free admission, this is a Waterdown must-see.
Get Some Fresh Air in Our Parks
Step outside for an afternoon stroll through any of Waterdown’s many local parks. Some of our favourites include:
Waterdown Memorial Park
Located at 200 Hamilton Street, Waterdown Memorial Park is a regularly used green space featuring numerous sporting facilities. These include a hybrid soccer and football field, four softball fields, a wading pool, and a skating loop (come wintertime).
At 115 Main Street South, Sealey Park also provides locals with accessible sporting facilities, including a sand volleyball court, two tennis courts, and a jungle gym.
Joe Sams Leisure Park
Found at 752 Centre Road, Joe Sams Leisure Park is one of the largest public green spaces in Waterdown. Here you’ll find plenty of wide open space and recreational facilities. Take advantage of the numerous walkways and woodland trails here, most notably the Waterdown North Wetland Trails.
Enjoy A Fine Dining Experience
Cap off your day in Waterdown with a fine dining experience at Kamoosh Bistro, a local favourite.
With a strong focus on fresh, local ingredients, co-owner and executive chef Koosh Kahnamoui’s upscale Italian bistro offers a wide range of classic and contemporary Italian dishes.
Given the limited (and highly sought-after) seating available on their covered patio, you’ll want to make your reservation well in advance.
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