Just a short drive from Hamilton, this wee town is a gem. Its main street takes you back to a time when the downtown core was a community’s lifeblood. Spend an afternoon shopping along charming King Street. The Keeping Room is a cook’s dream, chock full of every kind of kitchen gadget imaginable, while foodies can sample the selection at Mickey McGuire’s Cheese Shop. For heartier fare, head to the Collins Brewhouse, built in 1841, for classic pub grub, or dine in luxury at Quatrefoil. And did you know Dundas is also the cactus capital of Canada? Every August, this prickly history is celebrated with the Dundas Cactus Festival.