Long weekends may not quite be back to normal this summer, but fireworks aren’t the only way to add spark to a special occasion. The summer of 2021 is a perfect time to create some new summer holiday traditions. Here are a few fun and easy ideas to help make your summer long weekends feel extra special.

Serve Butter Tarts For Breakfast

Why should this quintessentially Canadian treat be reserved for the dessert course? Kickstart your long weekend Saturday, Sunday or Monday morning with a sensational sugar rush! Pick up a six-pack of pastry perfection from your favourite bakery. They’re the perfect accompaniment to a strong cup of coffee. 

Create The Great Canadian Cooler

How well do the beverages in your cooler or bar fridge reflect how much you love your country? Canadian long weekends are an excellent opportunity to put a little extra pride in your pint glass. Try these great options in HamiltonHalton and Brant. Don’t forget tasty beverages from local wineries and cideries too. This Thirsty Thursday article has some great summer sipping suggestions!

Deck Out Your Deck

While our American neighbours often show their pride with red, white and blue balloons, banners and bunting, Canada’s colours are perfect for patriotic planters. Stock up on red and white blooms at your favourite nursery or garden centre. If your planters need a little refresh by the Labour Day long weekend, spruce things up with some pretty fall blooms like sunflowers, chrysanthemums and flowering kale.

Experiment With A New Family Outing

It’s often the people you share the experience with that are the best part of fireworks. The good news is your family will probably have just as much fun if you shake up your long weekend routine with a new activity. Why not set out on an afternoon family float aboard an inflatable raft down the Grand River or explore Royal Botanical Gardens’ Cootes Paradise by canoe? To stretch the fun out even farther, take advantage of our summer offers and surprise everyone with an overnight escape.

Try A Summer Sport Swap

Having an extra day in your weekend means more time to try out a new-to-you sport like disc golf, pickleball, stand-up paddleboarding or rollerblading. Get all our suggestions for fun summer sports swaps in this article.

Host A Canuck Driveway Dinner

While large group gatherings may be off the table this summer, you can still be social with a little creativity. Organize nearby neighbours for a long weekend celebration where everyone enjoys their meal at the same time on their front yards or driveways. Group dinners like this can be organized on apartment building patios as well. Encourage everyone to shop for fresh seasonal ingredients at local farmer’s markets and farm stands to add a little extra Canadian pride to your plates. Set up speakers and enjoy your meal with entertainment from an all-Canadian soundtrack.

Plan A Long Weekend Surprise

If you’re a parent who is feeling a little tired of being the bearer of bad news to your kids, schedule a good news surprise into your summer long weekend. You’ll find six great ways to give them fun they’ll never see coming in this article.

Take In a New View From A Great Canadian Landscape

Did you know that Hamilton Halton Brant is home to Canada’s oldest and longest footpath, a Canadian Heritage RiverCanada’s largest botanical garden AND a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve? While the summer of 2021 may be short on fireworks, we guarantee the views, plants, waterfalls and wildlife you’ll experience on a visit to these amazing places will inspire an entirely different kind of, “Wow, did you see that one?”

Do you have other suggestions for making the most of summer 2021’s long weekends? Share your ideas with us by tagging your pictures on social media with #stayandplayinhhb.


As the COVID-19 situation continues to change, a minute or two of extra planning is an important step in ensuring your summer long weekend adventures are a success. Follow the latest travel guidelines for your community and any communities you plan to visit. Check with businesses and places you plan to go to ensure they are open and serving visitors in the way you’re expecting.

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