Well, here we are – finally shifting into sunnier weather as we look towards the upcoming summer months. The warmer weather – current lockdowns aside – allows us to get out, explore and enjoy nature. This month, we’re going to be highlighting an area that is perfect for those who want a taste of rural life and the great outdoors without sacrificing easy access to many of the amenities that city dwellers have become accustomed to. If this sounds like you, read on to learn more about the community of Flamborough and why it just might be the place that you’ve been looking for.
Flamborough is the perfect area to explore for those who are looking for something that will give them some peace and quiet along with space to grow in. You’ll find lots of greenery and large residential lot sizing, while still being close to bigger areas like Hamilton and Burlington, only a short drive away. This unique location makes Flamborough an attractive choice for those looking to get out of the city while still retaining the convenience of their modern lifestyle. The area also includes the village of Waterdown, which has many great offerings for you to discover.
Room to Explore
One of the biggest highlights of this area is access to some of the incredible park spaces and waterfalls that have become popular for both locals and out-of-towners. If you’re a nature lover or enjoy getting active outside, you’ll have lots to love about Flamborough!
First up, the waterfalls; Webster’s Falls, one of the Hamilton region’s most iconic falls, is also the largest with a 22-metre tiered drop. Part of the Spencer Gorge/Webster Falls Conservation Area, it’s surrounded by beautiful green space to enjoy and a stunning view of the Dundas Valley. Nearby you’ll also find the tallest waterfall in the region, Tew Falls, standing strong at 41 metres. Take advantage of the viewing platforms and add in a hike to Dundas Peak on a beautiful day. You also won’t want to miss a trip to Borer’s Falls, another beautiful curtain waterfall that used to power a sawmill.
Another one of Flamborough’s best features? Outdoor lovers will be hooked on Christie Lake Conservation Area. During the summer months, popular activities include biking, boating, disc golf, fishing, geocaching, hiking, and horseback riding, while in the winter, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are always a hit. Of course, if you just want to enjoy some time outside, the conservation area offers plenty of picnic space and covered pavilions to enjoy a picnic with the family. The 360-metre sandy beach makes the perfect place to relax and catch some sunny rays during the warm summer months. You’ll also enjoy exploring other beautiful spots like Mountsberg Conservation Area, a great destination for the kids to discover with its Raptor Centre and sugar bush, and Valens Lake Conservation Area, another amazing area with camping options available for when you want to spend a night out under the stars.
Find a New Favourite
Once you’ve made your way to Flamborough, you’ll find lots of fun new places to discover. A favourite destination in the area is the Dutch Mill Country Market, the country store with a little more. The market features home and garden decor, unique gift ideas, apparel, and a garden centre; shop around a little before stopping for a bite to eat in the tea room. Another thing that makes this place a great destination? Outside, you’ll be able to pay a visit to the market’s furry friends, adorable animals like alpacas and ponies.
Not too far from the market, you’ll come across The Tiny Shop Bakery, a popular destination that has been making fresh fruit pies since 1985. You’ll be able to choose a fresh pie from 30+ flavour options, among other tasty treats. Explore a little more and you’ll find The Hanes Corn Maze, which is always a great place to visit with friends or family during the fall.
If you’re feeling lucky, you can check out Flamboro Downs, a half-mile harness horse racing track. Make a night out of it with friends and place some bets at the track, dive into the casino games, or grab a bite to eat at one of their several dining spots. Want to pick the speed up even more? Head on over to the Flamboro Speedway, where you can catch auto racing on weekends throughout the season (temporarily on hold).
When you want to find the perfect brunch spot or dinner destination, you’ll quickly learn why Shy’s Place has become a favourite of locals. Known for their great-tasting local food and fun setting (just wait until you see all of the sports memorabilia that grace the walls), you won’t want to miss out on this local gem.
Golf lovers, have we got news for you… Flamborough is home to a slew of golf courses just waiting to be played. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or looking for a new hobby to take up, you’ll find a fantastic selection of local courses. Make the rounds at Dragons Fire Golf Club, Carlisle Golf Club, or Century Pines. Find a place to settle in at Dundas Valley Golf and Country Club, Flamborough Hills Golf Club, Beverly Golf and Country Club, or Copetown Woods. With nearly a dozen great courses at hand, you’ll never be bored!
Lots of Fun for the Whole Family
If you’re looking for a place to settle down with fun for the family to enjoy, Flamborough is a great place to keep in mind. Aside from all of the incredible green spaces, there are plenty of family-friendly attractions that are sure to please.
First, take a step back in time during a visit to the Westfield Heritage Village, featuring an incredible collection of over 35 historical buildings, including a hardware store, general store, and school. With more than 200 years of Canadian history to soak up, visitors can explore the buildings, walk around the conservation area and trails, or take part in various programs and special events that will give a more hands-on approach to our local history.
Another big hit in the area, of course, is African Lion Safari. Little ones will love a visit to this safari park, which takes you for a walk (or, in this case, a drive) on the wild side as you come across more than 1,000 different species of birds and animals from around the world, including lions, giraffes, and rhinos. Afterwards, they’ll love monkeying around on the park’s playgrounds and splash pad.
Family fun in the fall is always a sure thing at Dyments Glen Drummond Farm, a staple in the community since 1887. During the fall season, a visit to Dyments pumpkin patch is a must as you take a scenic wagon ride to explore the grounds and pick your own perfect pumpkin to bring home from their patch. You’ll find lots to do after you’ve made your pick, with various activities, a corn maze, and farm animals to meet. On your way out, make a stop at their market and bakery to pick up some freshly-made treats.
And don’t forget to add yearly visits to the Rockton World’s Fair, an annual Thanksgiving weekend tradition that draws in crowds from neighbouring areas. Throughout the weekend, you’ll be able to enjoy rides and games at the midway, take in various displays and exhibits from local businesses and organizations, and enjoy contests and entertainment throughout the fair.
If you’re ready to slow things down a bit while having lots of opportunities to get outside and explore, Flamborough is a spot worth looking into. Ready to see if it’s right for you?
Note: Please check with all attractions before visiting to find out about their closures and COVID protocols.