Situated within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Brampton is a bustling urban enclave pulsating with culture, nature, and adventure in its own right. This city, part of the Region of Peel, boasts a strategic position 40 km northwest of Toronto and directly north of Mississauga.

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With a sprawling area of 266 square kilometres and a rich tapestry of life shared by 656,480 people, Brampton stands as the 4th most populous city in Ontario and the 9th in Canada.

Brampton offers an eclectic mix of history, culinary delights, cultural festivities, and expansive parklands (in fact, it’s fondly nicknamed the “Flower City” for its historical roots in the greenhouse industry). But the adventure doesn’t end within its borders—just beyond, a world of exploration awaits!

In this article, we venture out and discover a myriad of experiences around Brampton for you to try:

  • 5 Day Trips Within an Hour’s Drive from Brampton
  • 3 Day Trips Around Ontario from Brampton
  • 4 Weekend Getaways from Brampton

5 Day Trips Within an Hour’s Drive from Brampton

All within an hour’s drive from Brampton, these spots are perfect for those seeking adventure or relaxation close to home!

Eramosa Karst, Hamilton

Approx 45 minutes drive

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The Eramosa Karst, nestled within Hamilton, is a geological wonder that beckons explorers and nature enthusiasts alike. With over 7 km of trails winding through a landscape of caves, crevices, and karsts, this area is an ideal spot for those interested in educational hikes that reveal the intricate formations and underground streams sculpted by time.

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Taste de Tours, Guelph

Just under an hour’s drive

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Taste de Tours in Guelph is a 2 km walking tour that blends the flavours of the region with its rich history and cultural landmarks. This experience allows you to savour local cuisine, dive into the stories of the people behind the food, and optionally enhance your tour with beer and wine tastings.

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Aberfoyle Antique Market, near Guelph

About a 40-minute drive

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For over 55 years, the Aberfoyle Antique Market has been a treasure trove for collectors and enthusiasts, offering a selection of collectibles, folk art, furniture, and more from over 100 quality dealers. The Saturday Special Show intensifies the hunt with an additional 90+ dealers, making for a bustling marketplace. With free parking, delicious dining options nearby, and the chance to indulge in homemade ice cream at the Bluewater Creamery, it’s a delightful destination for a leisurely day out!

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Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Approximately 40 minutes drive

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The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto is a serene and enlightening getaway for art and culture aficionados. Designed by the renowned architect Fumihiko Maki, the museum’s space is a testament to the transformative power of light and architecture. It provides a profound look into Islamic civilizations and the cultural threads that weave through history, complemented by an array of musical, dance performances, and cultural workshops.

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Millcroft Spa, Caledon

Approximately 45 minutes drive

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You can also escape to the serene elegance of Millcroft Spa in Caledon, where luxury meets relaxation in a picturesque setting. The spa offers a comprehensive menu of treatments, including hydrotherapy and private sessions, alongside a fitness room, indoor and outdoor pools, and a whirlpool. The spa café and the option to indulge in outdoor activities like yoga and hiking add to the allure. Surrounded by waterfalls and lush greenery, it’s an idyllic retreat for those seeking a day of pampering and rejuvenation.

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3 Day Trips Around Ontario

Have a little more than an hour to spare on a drive? Here are a few quick escapes without straying too far from Brampton!

Collingwood Caves in Blue Mountain

About a 2 hour drive

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Who knew Blue Mountain was more than just the go-to spot for skiing? Dive deep into history with a visit to the Collingwood Caves, where you can step back a whopping 450 million years! These caves are a ticket to exploring some of the coolest natural wonders Ontario has to offer. And if heights are your thing, check out the longest suspension bridge in southern Ontario. It’s 126 meters of pure “wow,” especially when the weather’s clear. Zip-lining, gemstone mining, and even mini-golf are up for grabs here.

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Muskoka Steamships in Muskoka

Roughly 2-hour drive

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Embark on a journey through time aboard the classic steamships of Muskoka, a region where steamship heritage predates Canada itself! The Muskoka Lakes Navigation Company, founded in 1866, once boasted the largest fleet of inland lake steamships in North America. Today, visitors can relive this glorious era with a variety of cruise options ranging from a one-hour sightseeing adventure to a leisurely two-hour cruise complete with high tea. And for something a bit different, why not try the Craft Beer Cruise, take a peek at Millionaire’s Row, or join the crew on a Pirate’s Cruise?

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Wine Tours in Niagara

Approximately 90 minutes drive

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If you’re all about wines, Niagara’s wine tours have got you covered with an escape. With so many wineries to choose from, it might seem a bit daunting, but there are tailor-made tour packages that take all the guesswork out. You’ll get to hop from winery to winery, sampling everything from cheeses and charcuterie to chocolates, or even sitting down for a multi-course feast.

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4 Weekend Getaways from Brampton

Want to get away for the weekend? Plan a weekend getaway from Brampton like a boss to discover a mix of urban culture, natural beauty, and thrilling adventures.

Buffalo, New York

Approximately 90-minute drive

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Just across the border, Buffalo awaits with its vibrant cultural scene. Pedal around town with your gang and marvel at the historic Kleinhans Music Hall, immerse yourself in the serenity of Forest Lawn Cemetery and take pictures of the city’s stunning art deco architecture. Indulge in the culinary scene at local favourites and explore Canalside, where the fusion of history and modern development offers a picturesque setting by the waterfront!

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Niagara Falls

Approximately 80-minute drive

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While the rest of the world plans their travel to Niagara Falls much in advance, living in Brampton, it’s less than 2 hours away! Experience the majesty of Niagara Falls with a weekend itinerary. Start with a thrilling Maid of the Mist boat tour, followed by a journey behind the falls for an up-close experience of their power. Explore the beauty of Goat Island and the vibrancy of Clifton Hill. Wind down with a serene visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake for wine tasting amidst picturesque vineyards. Finally, cap off your getaway with a relaxing hike along the Niagara Gorge Trail!

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Blue Mountain

Approximately 95-minute drive

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Blue Mountain is a perfect mix of adventure and leisure. Hit the slopes at Blue Mountain Ski Resort or ride the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster for a dose of thrill. The quaint Blue Mountain Village also beckons with its array of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options, making it an ideal getaway for both couples and families.

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Killarney Provincial Park

Just under 4 hours by car

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Plan a trip to Killarney Provincial Park to explore its pristine wilderness! Rent a canoe to paddle through crystal-clear lakes and rugged landscapes. For the adventurers, a hike up “The Crack” rewards with panoramic views, making it a must-do for those seeking that adrenaline rush!

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