SPRING INTO DUNDAS: Bask in the old town’s youthful vibes

The charming town of Dundas, Ontario is a favourite warm weather destination for the young and old. Historic and hip, scenic and swingin’, this town is a mecca for foodies, shoppers and outdoor enthusiasts, as well as a patio-goer’s dream.

A day trip to Dundas is well worth the short jaunt from Burlington, Oakville or Waterdown. You can work up an appetite – and your thirst – by hitting the trails, parks and shops and exploring the tree-lined streets, and then settle in for some serious lounging. Gazing up at the stars after dinner with a cocktail or mocktail in hand, you might not want to leave.

Here’s how to fill your day in Dundas with adventure, relaxation, and everything in between.


If shopping’s your bag, Dundas won’t disappoint. King Street is lined with cozy cafes and charming shops offering artisanal goods, apparel, sweets, and locally crafted treasures. Whether you’re searching for a one-of-a-kind gift or indulging in a little retail therapy, the boutiques and galleries are sure to delight. Weekends are extra special in downtown Dundas with free parking!

Getting Out In Nature

Dundas is a paradise for nature enthusiasts. The town boasts several beautiful parks and conservation areas, providing ample opportunities for hiking, picnicking, birdwatching, and simply basking in the beauty of nature. The Dundas Valley Conservation Area is home to over 40 km of trails, including a stretch of The Bruce Trail. The awe-inspiring Webster’s Falls and Tews Falls are two natural wonders that showcase the area’s stunning landscapes. 


Food lovers will find plenty to savour in Dundas. The town’s culinary scene is ethnically diverse and exciting, with a range of eateries serving up everything from casual bites to gourmet meals. Whether you crave a lentil curry, fish ‘n chips or steak tartare, expect to be well fed in the valley. 


Summer is when the town of Dundas really comes alive. 

Dundas Live and Local (June 8)  
Experience the heartbeat of Dundas by strolling the open King Street West (between Cross and John Streets) and celebrating the lively spirit of Dundas. Local businesses will be selling on the street, hosting open houses or running activities. The Dundas BIA will also be revealing its new logo at this festival, one that features architecture from key historic landmarks.

Dundas Cactus Festival (Aug 16 – 18)
This event is family fun at its best with free local entertainment, vendors and fun for all ages. Visit dundascactusfestival.ca for more information.

Check Downtowndundas.ca and @downtwndundasbia for the most up-to-date events.


The blend of natural beauty, rich history, and culture of Dundas make this small town an ideal destination for a summer day trip. 


Experience the laid-back vibe by unwinding on one of the town’s many patios. 

Pinbones Fish Market has now added an upscale seafood restaurant and will be open for patio dining this summer.

Barrel Heart Brewing, a newcomer to Dundas, offers craft beer brewed in the saison style—in aged oak barrels that once housed wine. There’s a charming patio with views of King Street outside the historic post office.

Collins Brewhouse opened in 1833 and remains a town favourite, now a laid-back, modern space offering pub grub, a full bar, and garage doors opening to a large patio.  

Detour Café has a vibrant shaded patio where you can enjoy a cup of java and a delicious snack. 

The Winchester Arms has a beautiful patio on the side of the building where patrons are served British pub classics like fish & chips and burgers. 

Bangkok Spoon Deluxe has a slightly hidden patio for patrons to enjoy this Thai restaurant’s fresh and flavourful dishes.

Sensational Samosa is an artisan food shop serving noodle bowls, butter chicken bowls, pot pies, and of course their signature samosas and sensational chutneys, all the more delicious on their summer patio.

Café Domestiique is a fun bicycle-themed cafe with breakfast and brunch items, great coffee and a covered, bike-friendly outdoor seating area.

Dundas’ vibrant downtown is perfect for finding that special gift or enjoying some retail therapy. 


Food & Drink Shops

Norfolk Juice Co is the newest addition to downtown Dundas. Opening this summer, this healthful haven will fuel you up with delicious cold press juices, smoothies, bowls and amazing coffee.

Mickey McGuire’s Cheese Shop carries over 400 varieties of fine cheeses, sourced around the world by its proprietor, Mike McGuire.

French Revolution Bakery & Creperie is owned by a French pastry chef and serves up everything from fresh crepes to coffee. Bon appétit!  

Genesis Chocolate Company is a new addition to Downtown Dundas. This artisanal chocolate shop uses high-end ingredients and Belgian chocolate to create delicious treats.

Dundas Chocolate Shop is another new addition to Downtown Dundas, specializing in horizontally-traded, bean-to-bar chocolate.

Emilio’s is a popular pizza, sub and wing establishment that takes pride in its handmade dough, homemade sauces and freshly prepared ingredients.

Jax Sweet Shoppe meets all of your sweet and savoury needs, including decadent breakfast creations, homemade baked goods, hearty sandwiches, and a tantalizing selection of ice cream.

Picone’s Fine Food has been a family business in Dundas since 1915 and continues to serve fresh, quality items such as premium oils, condiments, produce, prepared foods, flowers, gift baskets and more.

Home Décor & Gifts

The Handmade House is a hub for handcrafted apparel, jewellery and a host of other high quality items, supporting the local artisan community. 

The Keeping Room is a local favourite for cooking enthusiasts. This shop calls itself the “toy store for local cooks and chefs”. 

Mrs. Greenway sells a wide assortment of green, eco-friendly products, kids’ toys and gifts. You can bring in your containers and refill over 80 varieties of personal care and cleaning products.

The Kitchen Witch is an entertaining little gift shop, perfect for finding hostess gifts, containers, linens, antiques and curiosities. 

Oliver & Co is an elegant home décor boutique that offers a curated selection of home décor, art, gifts and candles to breathe elegance, comfort and luxury into every corner of your home.

Webber Balloons, Cards, and Collectibles offers an impressive selection of sports cards, trading cards, games, toys, stickers, balloons, and even Pez dispensers, for the child in all of us.

Anglesea Home Accents and Apparel features natural apparel and a mix of new and  vintage styling options for your home, thoughtfully curated by designer & stylist Kate.  

Weir’s Lane Lavender & Aviary started as a lavender farm and now produces luxurious lavender and bee related products including soaps, sprays, honey, sachets and more.

Fashion & Jewellery

David William Shoes and More Inc. is one of the top independent shoe retailers in the area, with collections sourced from around the world.

Gadsby’s Clothing Co. offers mid-high-end clothing for men and women, with consultants who ensure a happy fit and are trained to make alterations as needed.

La Rouge Consignment and Bridal is the place to shop for new and gently used designer clothing, dresses, shoes and accessories.

Kevin Martin Fine Jewellery has served the Dundas community since 1992 with its wide range of high-end jewellery, from best-selling collections to limited edition items.

Lillian’s Style Shoppe is a consignment boutique that sells clothing and accessories for women in the heart of downtown Dundas.

Dolce Kimera started as a mother daughter team in 2003 and sells unique fashions, gifts, jewellery and décor.

Bling on King sells unique clothing, jewellery and accessories, and the staff go out of their way to help customers make the perfect selection. 

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