Summer in the City? Absolutely!

The calendar may be telling us it’s spring, but the thermometer has me thinking about summer.

A while back I penned a blog entitled Hamilton is Not JUST a Steel City.  If I had to pick a time of year that made this obvious, it would have to be summer.  Contrary to what many strangers to our area believe, we are immersed in nature, which means lots of fun things to do outdoors!  I have mentioned in the past, many of our conservation areas, and gardens etc., but this time of year makes me think of the summer festivals, the local farmers markets where you can buy produce grown in your own neighbouthood, and also of summer fun for kids at camp.

I have pulled a few of my favourite sites to visit, and want to share them with you.

We are fortunate to have some of the best and most extensive farmers markets around.  The Hamilton Market, which runs year round has local competition this time of year, when the outdoor markets start up.  For example, the Ancaster market   http://www.ancasterfarmersmarket.com/ancasterfarmersmarket_location.html and Dundas market http://www.downtowndundas.ca/dundas-farmers-market.php both operate one day a week, selling vegetables, cheeses, meats, bakery items and more from the local farmers.  The links I have included will give you all the details.  For other area markets, here is the link for Ontario Farmers Markets  http://www.farmersmarketsontario.com/Markets.cfm  See what the markets in your own area have to offer this year!

Our areas also host some of the best summer festivals around.  Festival of Friends, Ancaster Heritage Days, Dundas Buskerfest, Dundas Cactus Festival, and Winona Peach Festival, just to name a few.  To find our more information, check out these sites:

http://www.hamilton.worldweb.com/Events/AllEvents/

http://www.creativearts.on.ca/

http://www.dundasvalley.ca/I-FestivalsAndEvents.html

http://www.ancasterheritagedays.com/

http://www.winonapeach.com/

And for the perennial favourite, summer camp whether it be day camp or a week off in the wilds… check out:

http://www.ourkids.net/burlington-hamilton-camps.php

These links just provide a taste of what is available this summer in the area.  We’re lucky to live in such a diverse area, with so much to offer a short drive away.

Enjoy your summer!

Do you have any favourite summer events or traditions?  Please leave a comment and share any suggestions you might have to help others enjoy the seasons.

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