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All you need to know about Hamilton: Neighborhoods, Food Scene, Pubs/Restaurants/Bars, Sightseeing, Recreation, etc ~ a guide to help you have an enjoyable and comfortable stay

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All you need to know about Hamilton: Neighborhoods, Food Scene, Pubs/Restaurants/Bars, Sightseeing, Recreation, etc ~ a guide to help you have an enjoyable and comfortable stay

Neighborhoods
You can access Hamilton's North end by taking Bay St. and walking/biking/driving North towards the waterfront. You will come to Bayfront Park where you will a public boat launch, fishing opportunities, biking/walking/rollarblading paved pathways, a 250 space parking lot, and pedestrian and bicycle trails leading to Pier 4 Park. You can head east on the pathway and this will take you to the Hamilton Yaught Club, then on to Pier 8 where you will find Williams Coffee Pub, an outdoor roller rink (ice skating in winter) with rentals available. For the Hikers/Bikers/RollerBladers: The Hamilton Waterfront Trail (7.5km in length, and a short distance from our home): follows Hamilton Harbour from Princess Point/Cootes Paradise in the West End of the city, through Bayfront/Pier 4 Park, the Discovery Centre in the North End (at James St. North), and on to HMCS Haida in the Pier 8 Harbour (this area is in the beginning stages of being developed into an entire waterfront community with homes, condo's and apartments, another waterfront public park area and many self contained amenities in the making!!). You’ll also find a Waterfront Ice Cream stand, and the Hamilton Harbor Queen Cruises in this area.
North End
You can access Hamilton's North end by taking Bay St. and walking/biking/driving North towards the waterfront. You will come to Bayfront Park where you will a public boat launch, fishing opportunities, biking/walking/rollarblading paved pathways, a 250 space parking lot, and pedestrian and bicycle trails leading to Pier 4 Park. You can head east on the pathway and this will take you to the Hamilton Yaught Club, then on to Pier 8 where you will find Williams Coffee Pub, an outdoor roller rink (ice skating in winter) with rentals available. For the Hikers/Bikers/RollerBladers: The Hamilton Waterfront Trail (7.5km in length, and a short distance from our home): follows Hamilton Harbour from Princess Point/Cootes Paradise in the West End of the city, through Bayfront/Pier 4 Park, the Discovery Centre in the North End (at James St. North), and on to HMCS Haida in the Pier 8 Harbour (this area is in the beginning stages of being developed into an entire waterfront community with homes, condo's and apartments, another waterfront public park area and many self contained amenities in the making!!). You’ll also find a Waterfront Ice Cream stand, and the Hamilton Harbor Queen Cruises in this area.
You may want to check out Westdale Village (Central,North & South Westdale) just west of us (approx. 30min walk or a quick 5-10min Uber ride away), close to McMaster Unversity. Here you will find more shops, restaurants, pubs and cafe's, as well as beautiful green space with hiking trails accessible from nearby Princess Point, on Cootes Paradise harbor, McMaster University and Churchill Park. You will also find a beautiful, historic Theatre (one of the only one's left in Hamilton) which was recently completely renovated to bring it back to its 1930's glory. screens art and independent films, and provides an intimate cultural space for public performances and exhibitions, showcasing Canadian and world content. The Westdale theatre is a fully licensed and fully accessible theatre with described video and closed captioning technology.
Westdale North
You may want to check out Westdale Village (Central,North & South Westdale) just west of us (approx. 30min walk or a quick 5-10min Uber ride away), close to McMaster Unversity. Here you will find more shops, restaurants, pubs and cafe's, as well as beautiful green space with hiking trails accessible from nearby Princess Point, on Cootes Paradise harbor, McMaster University and Churchill Park. You will also find a beautiful, historic Theatre (one of the only one's left in Hamilton) which was recently completely renovated to bring it back to its 1930's glory. screens art and independent films, and provides an intimate cultural space for public performances and exhibitions, showcasing Canadian and world content. The Westdale theatre is a fully licensed and fully accessible theatre with described video and closed captioning technology.
James St. North, north of King St. West is another great place to visit for many unique shops, cafes and restaurants. Every 2nd Friday of the month you can check out Artcrawl: On the second Friday of every month, Hamilton’s arts and culture hub, James Street North, is transformed by a decade-old phenomenon called Art Crawl. It's a one-stop shop to experience the city's art, music, and food scenes, while shopping local, people watching, and taking in some city sights all at once. While there are no strict rules or schedule, the general gist is this: galleries, studios, stores and restaurants stay open late to welcome thousands of visitors who fill the sidewalks. They start arriving early evening and pack the street until late. Once a year in September you can check out SuperCrawl, an Art Crawl experience like no other!! Supercrawl is Hamilton’s premier multi-arts festival, fusing new and independent music with art installations, fashion, performance, literature, theatre, and artisanal craft. Supercrawl’s diverse multi-disciplinary program of sound, performance, visual and media arts is staged along a pedestrian-only creative corridor in the heart of downtown. This year's Supercrawl is September 4-6, 2020!
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James Street North
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James St. North, north of King St. West is another great place to visit for many unique shops, cafes and restaurants. Every 2nd Friday of the month you can check out Artcrawl: On the second Friday of every month, Hamilton’s arts and culture hub, James Street North, is transformed by a decade-old phenomenon called Art Crawl. It's a one-stop shop to experience the city's art, music, and food scenes, while shopping local, people watching, and taking in some city sights all at once. While there are no strict rules or schedule, the general gist is this: galleries, studios, stores and restaurants stay open late to welcome thousands of visitors who fill the sidewalks. They start arriving early evening and pack the street until late. Once a year in September you can check out SuperCrawl, an Art Crawl experience like no other!! Supercrawl is Hamilton’s premier multi-arts festival, fusing new and independent music with art installations, fashion, performance, literature, theatre, and artisanal craft. Supercrawl’s diverse multi-disciplinary program of sound, performance, visual and media arts is staged along a pedestrian-only creative corridor in the heart of downtown. This year's Supercrawl is September 4-6, 2020!
Enjoy shopping in the quaint and eclectic shops located in this historic neighborhood. Locke St. is a thriving and diverse shopping district that offers the connectedness of a tight community in the heart of a large and vibrant city. Weary from shopping? Take a break and have a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants and eateries. For many, this charming spot is one to which they return again and again. Once a year there is a great outdoor festival on this street. This year's festival is Saturday September 12th, 2020.
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Locke Street South
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Enjoy shopping in the quaint and eclectic shops located in this historic neighborhood. Locke St. is a thriving and diverse shopping district that offers the connectedness of a tight community in the heart of a large and vibrant city. Weary from shopping? Take a break and have a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants and eateries. For many, this charming spot is one to which they return again and again. Once a year there is a great outdoor festival on this street. This year's festival is Saturday September 12th, 2020.
Ottawa Street is Hamilton’s destination for inspiration and reflects the eclectic spirit of our City. With over 100 shops, featuring great food, fantastic fashion and fabulous finds Ottawa Street will inspire even the most novice Do-It-Yourself enthusiast. There are endless creative combinations of antiques, fabric, furniture, food, art and collectibles as well as many home services and great restaurants. Be one of the décor enthusiasts that visit regularly to discover our charms.
Ottawa Street North
Ottawa Street is Hamilton’s destination for inspiration and reflects the eclectic spirit of our City. With over 100 shops, featuring great food, fantastic fashion and fabulous finds Ottawa Street will inspire even the most novice Do-It-Yourself enthusiast. There are endless creative combinations of antiques, fabric, furniture, food, art and collectibles as well as many home services and great restaurants. Be one of the décor enthusiasts that visit regularly to discover our charms.
Corktown is one of Hamilton's oldest neighbourhoods. Nestled under the Niagara Escarpment just southeast of downtown, Hamilton's early Irish settlers lived here and worked on the Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway (TH&B) which passes through the neighbourhood. The former TH&B station now serves as the Hamilton GO Centre. Corktown has lost a great deal of its early housing stock but there are still decent pockets of old houses mixed with 60s and 70s apartments. There is also an authentic and historic Irish Pub, "The Corktown Irish Pub", and a nice row of authentic pubs on Augusta St.
Corktown
Corktown is one of Hamilton's oldest neighbourhoods. Nestled under the Niagara Escarpment just southeast of downtown, Hamilton's early Irish settlers lived here and worked on the Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway (TH&B) which passes through the neighbourhood. The former TH&B station now serves as the Hamilton GO Centre. Corktown has lost a great deal of its early housing stock but there are still decent pockets of old houses mixed with 60s and 70s apartments. There is also an authentic and historic Irish Pub, "The Corktown Irish Pub", and a nice row of authentic pubs on Augusta St.
Food scene
See also "Pubs, Restaurants, Bars" section in Guidebook for more restaurant options! Hamilton has a thriving food scene across the downtown City! Below you will find the major streets near our location that house a growing number of unique and delicious options for all of your dining desires...
A continuation of the James St. North food scene with many restaurants, cafe's and pubs. Check out Mezcal Tacos & Tequila, La Piazza, Radius (also has a large outdoor patio!), Odds Bar, One Duke Restaurant & Lounge (kiddie-corner to James S. on Duke St!), and so many more hidden gems found here! Just across the street you will find Augusta St., containing a row of authentic pubs and great restaurants too ! (Pubs/Restaurants section of Guidebook for details)
James Street South
A continuation of the James St. North food scene with many restaurants, cafe's and pubs. Check out Mezcal Tacos & Tequila, La Piazza, Radius (also has a large outdoor patio!), Odds Bar, One Duke Restaurant & Lounge (kiddie-corner to James S. on Duke St!), and so many more hidden gems found here! Just across the street you will find Augusta St., containing a row of authentic pubs and great restaurants too ! (Pubs/Restaurants section of Guidebook for details)
So many options for dining here, its impossible to list them all. You have to go and walk the street to check them all out! Nearby King William St., just off James St. North, is another restaurant row hotspot!
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James Street North
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So many options for dining here, its impossible to list them all. You have to go and walk the street to check them all out! Nearby King William St., just off James St. North, is another restaurant row hotspot!
So many unique restaurants just up the street from our home, its impossible to list them all! Take a stroll up and down the street to see for yourself! A few good ones: Mattson & Co (Modern bistro fare is presented in a stylish, relaxed dining room with a lounge & live jazz) Earth to Table Bread Bar (soups, sandwiches, amazing pizza, fresh made backed goods, great coffee and all with locally sourced ingredients) The Burnt Tongue (a new take on delicious soups that changes daily, along with frites, sandwiches, salads and burgers) Brux House (Hip, cozy gastropub with seasonal European-inspired plates, craft beer pairings & patio seating Rugantino (cute little Italian Restaurant) CIMA Italian Kitchen (A menu featuring Italian small plates, pizzas, pastas & wines in a contemporary bistro setting ~ their authentic pizza oven was flown in from Maples!). For a casual local pub/restaurant experience, try The Westown Bar and Restaurant for a relaxed venue for breakfast, classic pub grub & beer .
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Locke Street South
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So many unique restaurants just up the street from our home, its impossible to list them all! Take a stroll up and down the street to see for yourself! A few good ones: Mattson & Co (Modern bistro fare is presented in a stylish, relaxed dining room with a lounge & live jazz) Earth to Table Bread Bar (soups, sandwiches, amazing pizza, fresh made backed goods, great coffee and all with locally sourced ingredients) The Burnt Tongue (a new take on delicious soups that changes daily, along with frites, sandwiches, salads and burgers) Brux House (Hip, cozy gastropub with seasonal European-inspired plates, craft beer pairings & patio seating Rugantino (cute little Italian Restaurant) CIMA Italian Kitchen (A menu featuring Italian small plates, pizzas, pastas & wines in a contemporary bistro setting ~ their authentic pizza oven was flown in from Maples!). For a casual local pub/restaurant experience, try The Westown Bar and Restaurant for a relaxed venue for breakfast, classic pub grub & beer .
One of Hamilton's best known restaurants for Fine Dining. If you are for a special occasion, this is a must visit for a first class dining experience. Great for steak & seafood!
Shakespeare's Steak and Seafood
181 Main St E
One of Hamilton's best known restaurants for Fine Dining. If you are for a special occasion, this is a must visit for a first class dining experience. Great for steak & seafood!
Thier passion is creating memorable Italian dishes, prepared with fresh local ingredients, served in a truly inspired setting. Iron gates, muraled ceilings, wood-oven pizzette and a private garden patio for warm summer night dining – La Cantina invites you to experience the difference that extraordinary dishes brought down through many generations truly makes. Whether you’re looking for gourmet pizza or delicious homemade Italian pasta dishes, you’ll love the variety of great menu items and specials available daily – complete with thier ‘From the Garden to our Kitchen’ promise of freshness! At La Cantina, everything they do is a family affair! Welcome to fine Italian dining in Hamilton, Ontario.
La Cantina
60 Walnut St S
Thier passion is creating memorable Italian dishes, prepared with fresh local ingredients, served in a truly inspired setting. Iron gates, muraled ceilings, wood-oven pizzette and a private garden patio for warm summer night dining – La Cantina invites you to experience the difference that extraordinary dishes brought down through many generations truly makes. Whether you’re looking for gourmet pizza or delicious homemade Italian pasta dishes, you’ll love the variety of great menu items and specials available daily – complete with thier ‘From the Garden to our Kitchen’ promise of freshness! At La Cantina, everything they do is a family affair! Welcome to fine Italian dining in Hamilton, Ontario.
Known as Restaurant Row, choose from a wide variety of eclectic and mouth watering options for dining on this street. Some fav's: The French ~French bistro fare served in fashionable digs with a marble-topped bar, open kitchen & patio seats Berkley North ~Fashionable fixture with a cosmopolitan vibe serving high-end local dishes & craft cocktails. Hambrgr ~name says it all! Interesting takes on traditional burgers! Frat's Cucina ~From the Napoli inspired pizzas to the cheese & charcuterie platters, only the best Italian and locally sourced fresh ingredients are used to create authentic Italian dishes with a twist. The Mule ~Chill, brick-clad eatery for Mexican fare such as tacos & baja wings plus tequila, beer & bourbon The Diplomat ~A lunch to late-night menu inspired by global street food & markets, accommodating to large parties. etc etc etc.... :)
King William Street
Known as Restaurant Row, choose from a wide variety of eclectic and mouth watering options for dining on this street. Some fav's: The French ~French bistro fare served in fashionable digs with a marble-topped bar, open kitchen & patio seats Berkley North ~Fashionable fixture with a cosmopolitan vibe serving high-end local dishes & craft cocktails. Hambrgr ~name says it all! Interesting takes on traditional burgers! Frat's Cucina ~From the Napoli inspired pizzas to the cheese & charcuterie platters, only the best Italian and locally sourced fresh ingredients are used to create authentic Italian dishes with a twist. The Mule ~Chill, brick-clad eatery for Mexican fare such as tacos & baja wings plus tequila, beer & bourbon The Diplomat ~A lunch to late-night menu inspired by global street food & markets, accommodating to large parties. etc etc etc.... :)
There are many pubs and restaurants on this street to check out. Look into some of our favorites: The Ship ~ Chill tavern featuring unique burgers & seafood, with a variety of bourbon, whisky & craft beers. The Pheasant Plucker ~Pub serving wings, poutine & shepherd’s pie, plus drafts & drinks in storied digs with rustic decor. Augusta House ~Creative pub fare & weekend live music in a quaint red brick house with a fireplace & a patio. The Cat & Fiddle~ Cozy haunt for British pub grub, breakfast & burgers, plus darts, a patio & live music most nights.
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Augusta Street
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There are many pubs and restaurants on this street to check out. Look into some of our favorites: The Ship ~ Chill tavern featuring unique burgers & seafood, with a variety of bourbon, whisky & craft beers. The Pheasant Plucker ~Pub serving wings, poutine & shepherd’s pie, plus drafts & drinks in storied digs with rustic decor. Augusta House ~Creative pub fare & weekend live music in a quaint red brick house with a fireplace & a patio. The Cat & Fiddle~ Cozy haunt for British pub grub, breakfast & burgers, plus darts, a patio & live music most nights.
Located in Hamilton's Hess Village, located a short 12min (900meters) walk from our BnB ~ Lively tavern serving updated pub fare in 2 Victorian buildings with a patio & an industrial vibe.
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The Gown & Gavel
24 Hess St S
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Located in Hamilton's Hess Village, located a short 12min (900meters) walk from our BnB ~ Lively tavern serving updated pub fare in 2 Victorian buildings with a patio & an industrial vibe.
Eclectic, globally inspired fare, plus cocktails & live music, featured in 19th-century digs. Welcome to 33 Bowen. The building is a true "Hamilton monument" as the original structure was constructed by James Bradley in 1844 on lands purchased from none other than George Hamilton. The building has an eclectic history. Just think, at one time, where you sit, someone may have shoed a horse. Someone may have slept there, built a casket, fixed a car, sampled old school ginger ale, or enjoyed a pint, a steak or a Billy Miner Pie. It certainly has had an interesting past and is the only remaining building on the street that has a Bowen St address. Originally James Bradley used the building as a stable and for Smithing. The location was a few blocks away from what was known as Court House Square. Due to his burgeoning business he added rooms above the original structure and created the Court House Hotel and Stable around 1850. The hotel would house travelling judges . He also leased part of the space to a casket maker in the late 1800's. In the 1960's the building was utilized for storage, parts and repairs for City Chevrolet Oldsmobile. Their property was located north of 33 Bowen and continued to operate in downtown Hamilton for many years. Originally based in Detroit Michigan, Vernors Ginger Ale Company used the building for warehouse and distribution in the 1940's. Vernors is the oldest surviving ginger ale company in the Unites States. You can see their entrance point by the construction style brick on the south wall on the lower level. We are quite sure there are not a lot of delivery trucks that would f it in there today. In 1977 the building became the f irst Keg in the area. It began the initial transition in the culinary history of 33 Bowen. Well known as a premier steak house The Keg eventually opened a location on Hamilton Mountain and closed the downtown restaurant in 1995. Slainte or Slainte Mhath- translates from Gaelic, meaning good health. Slainte Irish Pub took over the good health of 33 Bowen in 1996. It closed in 2015. Now a great restaurant/bar/entertainment facility. Check it out! Lots going on daily!
33 Bowen
33 Bowen St
Eclectic, globally inspired fare, plus cocktails & live music, featured in 19th-century digs. Welcome to 33 Bowen. The building is a true "Hamilton monument" as the original structure was constructed by James Bradley in 1844 on lands purchased from none other than George Hamilton. The building has an eclectic history. Just think, at one time, where you sit, someone may have shoed a horse. Someone may have slept there, built a casket, fixed a car, sampled old school ginger ale, or enjoyed a pint, a steak or a Billy Miner Pie. It certainly has had an interesting past and is the only remaining building on the street that has a Bowen St address. Originally James Bradley used the building as a stable and for Smithing. The location was a few blocks away from what was known as Court House Square. Due to his burgeoning business he added rooms above the original structure and created the Court House Hotel and Stable around 1850. The hotel would house travelling judges . He also leased part of the space to a casket maker in the late 1800's. In the 1960's the building was utilized for storage, parts and repairs for City Chevrolet Oldsmobile. Their property was located north of 33 Bowen and continued to operate in downtown Hamilton for many years. Originally based in Detroit Michigan, Vernors Ginger Ale Company used the building for warehouse and distribution in the 1940's. Vernors is the oldest surviving ginger ale company in the Unites States. You can see their entrance point by the construction style brick on the south wall on the lower level. We are quite sure there are not a lot of delivery trucks that would f it in there today. In 1977 the building became the f irst Keg in the area. It began the initial transition in the culinary history of 33 Bowen. Well known as a premier steak house The Keg eventually opened a location on Hamilton Mountain and closed the downtown restaurant in 1995. Slainte or Slainte Mhath- translates from Gaelic, meaning good health. Slainte Irish Pub took over the good health of 33 Bowen in 1996. It closed in 2015. Now a great restaurant/bar/entertainment facility. Check it out! Lots going on daily!
Located at the corner of King William St. and John St North (James St. N. District), and only 2.8kim from our BnB, is a good old fashioned "hole-in-the-wall" greasy spoon (but yet not too greasy at all!) diner with all your breakfast, lunch and dinner favorite's at discount prices!
John Street Diner
29 John St N
Located at the corner of King William St. and John St North (James St. N. District), and only 2.8kim from our BnB, is a good old fashioned "hole-in-the-wall" greasy spoon (but yet not too greasy at all!) diner with all your breakfast, lunch and dinner favorite's at discount prices!
Located in the James St. North District, and only a short 8min drive (3.2km) from this BnB is Gate of India Restaurant. Serving the Hamilton community since 1987. Indian food, as it should be, is made to order from the freshest ingredients. Try Gate of India Restaurant‘s authentic and delicious Indian dishes, including chicken, lamb or shrimp grilled over live coals in a genuine tandoor oven. Multiple winners of “The Best Indian Restaurant, Food and Best Curry” in the Hamilton Spectator, Burlington Post and View Magazine. At the Gate of India Restaurant you can trust our experienced staff to make it stand apart.
Gate Of India Restaurant
201 James St N
Located in the James St. North District, and only a short 8min drive (3.2km) from this BnB is Gate of India Restaurant. Serving the Hamilton community since 1987. Indian food, as it should be, is made to order from the freshest ingredients. Try Gate of India Restaurant‘s authentic and delicious Indian dishes, including chicken, lamb or shrimp grilled over live coals in a genuine tandoor oven. Multiple winners of “The Best Indian Restaurant, Food and Best Curry” in the Hamilton Spectator, Burlington Post and View Magazine. At the Gate of India Restaurant you can trust our experienced staff to make it stand apart.
Located in the James St. North District, only 3.3km (9min) drive from this BnB is a laid-back eatery with rustic decor serving slow-smoked beef & pork, plus Southern fried chicken. All their meats are prepared in house daily, seasoned with a 2 stage house blended rubs and Smoked in house with all natural charcoal and the finest local woods. At dinner it become a family-style sharing restaurant. As a table you agree on which meats and which sides you would like to share together. The kitchen knows how many people are sitting at your table and scales the portions accordingly. They serve till we sell out or 9pm whichever comes first!
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Saltlick Smokehouse
282 James St N
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Located in the James St. North District, only 3.3km (9min) drive from this BnB is a laid-back eatery with rustic decor serving slow-smoked beef & pork, plus Southern fried chicken. All their meats are prepared in house daily, seasoned with a 2 stage house blended rubs and Smoked in house with all natural charcoal and the finest local woods. At dinner it become a family-style sharing restaurant. As a table you agree on which meats and which sides you would like to share together. The kitchen knows how many people are sitting at your table and scales the portions accordingly. They serve till we sell out or 9pm whichever comes first!
Located in the James St. N. District, a short 2.9kim from this bnB is a compact eatery specializing in chicken dishes, hearty salads & light fare in cozy surrounds. All thier products are made in-house and all chicken is locally sourced, raised without antibiotics, free run and Halal certified. Chicken is cooked fresh over a flaming bed of hardwood charcoal to deliver that delicious “Charred” flavour in every bite.
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Charred Rotisserie House
244 James St N
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Located in the James St. N. District, a short 2.9kim from this bnB is a compact eatery specializing in chicken dishes, hearty salads & light fare in cozy surrounds. All thier products are made in-house and all chicken is locally sourced, raised without antibiotics, free run and Halal certified. Chicken is cooked fresh over a flaming bed of hardwood charcoal to deliver that delicious “Charred” flavour in every bite.
Located in the James St. N. District, only a short 9min drive (3.3km) from our BnB, and in the vibrant community of James St. North, you’ll notice the ambiance of MESA is nothing less than enchanting. With a warm and inviting appeal, modern decor and eclectic wall art, you’ll feel right at home. Traditional Mexican fare including vegan & halal options, served with cocktails in a cozy interior.
Mesa
255 James St N
Located in the James St. N. District, only a short 9min drive (3.3km) from our BnB, and in the vibrant community of James St. North, you’ll notice the ambiance of MESA is nothing less than enchanting. With a warm and inviting appeal, modern decor and eclectic wall art, you’ll feel right at home. Traditional Mexican fare including vegan & halal options, served with cocktails in a cozy interior.
Located in the James St. N district, a short 9min drive (3.2km) from this BnB, is Born & Raised, offering Italian dishes and thoughtfully selected wine. Inspired by bold and vibrant Italian flavours. Honouring every ingredient, and the farmers and craftsmen behind each of them. Raw bar. Woodfired oven. Fine ingredients. Born of family, tradition and history.
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Born & Raised
224 James St N
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Located in the James St. N district, a short 9min drive (3.2km) from this BnB, is Born & Raised, offering Italian dishes and thoughtfully selected wine. Inspired by bold and vibrant Italian flavours. Honouring every ingredient, and the farmers and craftsmen behind each of them. Raw bar. Woodfired oven. Fine ingredients. Born of family, tradition and history.
Located a short 6min drive or 17min walk (1.4km) from our BnB is Radius Bar and Restaurant. Their goal is to re-introduce you to an era when food and drink did not come pre‑packaged and tasted uniformly blah, but instead was masterfully prepared by a team that love to cook and aim to please. They believe that you can taste the difference. From farm fresh eggs and locally baked goods, to naturally grown seasonal vegetables, our chef takes what arrives that morning and makes beautiful food from it that day. Beautiful restaurant setting with a huge outdoor patio, off James St. South and Augusta Street!
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Radius
151 James St S
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Located a short 6min drive or 17min walk (1.4km) from our BnB is Radius Bar and Restaurant. Their goal is to re-introduce you to an era when food and drink did not come pre‑packaged and tasted uniformly blah, but instead was masterfully prepared by a team that love to cook and aim to please. They believe that you can taste the difference. From farm fresh eggs and locally baked goods, to naturally grown seasonal vegetables, our chef takes what arrives that morning and makes beautiful food from it that day. Beautiful restaurant setting with a huge outdoor patio, off James St. South and Augusta Street!
Located in Hamilton's James St. North District near King William St. (restaurant row) ~6min drive or 22min walk from this BnB is Uncle Ray's Food & Liquor....'From the creative team of Union Chicken and Amano, Chef Mike Angeloni is bringing southern inspired food and fun to Hamilton. Guests can enjoy an upscale casual experience with a few surprises. Perfect for a night out for two, celebrating with groups of friends or just hanging out at the bar. Beautiful wines, local beers, and cool cocktails make this place a must try in Hamilton. And you might just find out #whothehellisuncleray'
Uncle Ray's Food & Liquor
10 James St N
Located in Hamilton's James St. North District near King William St. (restaurant row) ~6min drive or 22min walk from this BnB is Uncle Ray's Food & Liquor....'From the creative team of Union Chicken and Amano, Chef Mike Angeloni is bringing southern inspired food and fun to Hamilton. Guests can enjoy an upscale casual experience with a few surprises. Perfect for a night out for two, celebrating with groups of friends or just hanging out at the bar. Beautiful wines, local beers, and cool cocktails make this place a must try in Hamilton. And you might just find out #whothehellisuncleray'
Two locations in Hamilton: 258 Locke St. S. (just a 6min walk from our BnB) and 14 James St. N (beside Uncle Ray's Restaurant!). Earth to Table: Bread Bar is a living extension of the food philosophy that began when writing the Earth to Table cookbook. Earth to Table celebrates what is best about food and is trying to shorten the gap between producers and consumer. Bread Bar celebrates and cooks with the seasons. We offer handcrafted food, made with the finest ingredients for people who want a better quality meal. Good Ingredients Matter. Delicious Pizza's, soup's, sandwiches, salads, baked goods, coffee, etc! A must try!
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Earth to Table: Bread Bar Locke
258 Locke Street South
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Two locations in Hamilton: 258 Locke St. S. (just a 6min walk from our BnB) and 14 James St. N (beside Uncle Ray's Restaurant!). Earth to Table: Bread Bar is a living extension of the food philosophy that began when writing the Earth to Table cookbook. Earth to Table celebrates what is best about food and is trying to shorten the gap between producers and consumer. Bread Bar celebrates and cooks with the seasons. We offer handcrafted food, made with the finest ingredients for people who want a better quality meal. Good Ingredients Matter. Delicious Pizza's, soup's, sandwiches, salads, baked goods, coffee, etc! A must try!
Located on James St. South, just a short 1.4km from our BnB. Familiar Mexican fare with a gourmet twist & housemade margaritas, plus a lively late-night scene. Be sure to check out Uno Mas down below Mezcal for tapa's and drinks!
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Mezcal Tacos & Tequila
150 James St S
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Located on James St. South, just a short 1.4km from our BnB. Familiar Mexican fare with a gourmet twist & housemade margaritas, plus a lively late-night scene. Be sure to check out Uno Mas down below Mezcal for tapa's and drinks!
Located on James St. South underneath Mezcal Restaurant is this European tapas and cocktail bar with a lively night life located under our big brother, Mezcal.
Uno Mas
150 James St S
Located on James St. South underneath Mezcal Restaurant is this European tapas and cocktail bar with a lively night life located under our big brother, Mezcal.
Located on George St. just a short 800m (11min walk) from our BnB is Smoke's is Canada's largest and most original Poutinerie. We offer over 30 types of gourmet poutine. Get it delivered, view our menu, or download our app.
Smoke’s Poutinerie
112 George Street
Located on George St. just a short 800m (11min walk) from our BnB is Smoke's is Canada's largest and most original Poutinerie. We offer over 30 types of gourmet poutine. Get it delivered, view our menu, or download our app.
Located on Locke St. South just around the corner from us ~ Hip, cozy gastropub with seasonal European-inspired plates, craft beer pairings & patio seating.
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Brux House Craft Beer & Kitchen
137 Locke St S
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Located on Locke St. South just around the corner from us ~ Hip, cozy gastropub with seasonal European-inspired plates, craft beer pairings & patio seating.
Located on Locke St. S. just around the corner from us~ Modern bistro fare is presented in a stylish, relaxed dining room with a lounge & live jazz.
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Mattson & Co.
225 Locke St S
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Located on Locke St. S. just around the corner from us~ Modern bistro fare is presented in a stylish, relaxed dining room with a lounge & live jazz.
Located on Locke St. S. just around the corner from us! ~ A menu featuring Italian small plates, pizzas, pastas & wines in a contemporary bistro setting. The pizza oven was flown in from Naples!
CIMA Enoteca
190 Locke St S
Located on Locke St. S. just around the corner from us! ~ A menu featuring Italian small plates, pizzas, pastas & wines in a contemporary bistro setting. The pizza oven was flown in from Naples!
Located on Locke St. S, this is Hamilton's top spot for vegan friendly eats and treats, craft beer and open minds! Open early for coffee and treats and serving house made vegan/vegetarian friendly lunch, dinner and dessert menu with many gluten free options. Casual, inclusive and welcoming atmosphere. Counter service during the day, table service in the evening. Sure to satisfy vegans and non-vegans alike!'
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Democracy*
202 Locke St S
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Located on Locke St. S, this is Hamilton's top spot for vegan friendly eats and treats, craft beer and open minds! Open early for coffee and treats and serving house made vegan/vegetarian friendly lunch, dinner and dessert menu with many gluten free options. Casual, inclusive and welcoming atmosphere. Counter service during the day, table service in the evening. Sure to satisfy vegans and non-vegans alike!'
Located on Locke St. S. just around the corner from us....a quaint Italian Restaurant
Rugantino
178 Locke Street South
Located on Locke St. S. just around the corner from us....a quaint Italian Restaurant
Located downtown Hamilton, near the newly renovated Royal Connaught Hotel (now high end luxury condominiums), a short 2.1km (7min drive or 27min walk from this BnB), is 193 Bench Kitchen. They specialize in great tasting food made with real ingredients that make you feel good. The focus is on scratch cooking and prepare each ingredient in house including: sourdough breads, smoked meats, sauces, pastry, pickles, ferments and more. They offer daily feature sandwiches and soups that are both creative and delicious. Thier everyday menu has a great balance of meat options, vegetarian options and vegan options.
193 Bench Kitchen
193 King Street East
Located downtown Hamilton, near the newly renovated Royal Connaught Hotel (now high end luxury condominiums), a short 2.1km (7min drive or 27min walk from this BnB), is 193 Bench Kitchen. They specialize in great tasting food made with real ingredients that make you feel good. The focus is on scratch cooking and prepare each ingredient in house including: sourdough breads, smoked meats, sauces, pastry, pickles, ferments and more. They offer daily feature sandwiches and soups that are both creative and delicious. Thier everyday menu has a great balance of meat options, vegetarian options and vegan options.
Located just below "193 Bench" Sandwich Bar/Bistro, a short 7min drive (3km) from this BnB is 'A Euro style cellar bistro serving elevated European inspired food.' The restaurant was a culmination of all our life travels, personal culture, and life experiences all rolled into one concept unlike any restaurant we had seen before. Our food which showcases wild game is purposely designed to accompany our own barrel aged beer while the atmosphere suggests a 16th century cellar bistro with thick wood tables, clay dishes, stone walls, and a vaulted brick ceiling. Our chef James Stephenson cooks from a position of authenticity creating rustic savoury Euro inspired dishes each stamped with his own creative signature.
Brothers Grimm Bistro
193 King St E
Located just below "193 Bench" Sandwich Bar/Bistro, a short 7min drive (3km) from this BnB is 'A Euro style cellar bistro serving elevated European inspired food.' The restaurant was a culmination of all our life travels, personal culture, and life experiences all rolled into one concept unlike any restaurant we had seen before. Our food which showcases wild game is purposely designed to accompany our own barrel aged beer while the atmosphere suggests a 16th century cellar bistro with thick wood tables, clay dishes, stone walls, and a vaulted brick ceiling. Our chef James Stephenson cooks from a position of authenticity creating rustic savoury Euro inspired dishes each stamped with his own creative signature.
Just around the corner from our BnB on Locke St. S. is The Burnt Tongue ~ a Soup restaurant with three locations in Hamilton, Ontario. Our menu consists of Frites, Burgers, Salads, Sandwiches and a Soup menu which changes on a daily basis. For menu updates please call in or check with our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
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The Burnt Tongue
182 Locke St S
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Just around the corner from our BnB on Locke St. S. is The Burnt Tongue ~ a Soup restaurant with three locations in Hamilton, Ontario. Our menu consists of Frites, Burgers, Salads, Sandwiches and a Soup menu which changes on a daily basis. For menu updates please call in or check with our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
Just up the street on Locke St. North and King St. West, you'll find a great Seafood & Steak Restaurant ~ just opened in Spring 2020 with 5 star reviews!
Victoria's Restaurant
470 King Street West
Just up the street on Locke St. North and King St. West, you'll find a great Seafood & Steak Restaurant ~ just opened in Spring 2020 with 5 star reviews!
Located in the James St. North District, a short 2.9km (7min drive) from this BnB, is a Large industrial & timber-clad brewery offering draft beers plus elevated-meets-casual pub fare.
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MERIT Brewing Company
107 James St N
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Located in the James St. North District, a short 2.9km (7min drive) from this BnB, is a Large industrial & timber-clad brewery offering draft beers plus elevated-meets-casual pub fare.
Located in the James St. N. District, a short 2.9km from this BnB is a Rustic-chic outpost for seasonal Canadian cooking from an open kitchen with craft beer & spirits.
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Nique Restaurant
30 Vine St
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Located in the James St. N. District, a short 2.9km from this BnB is a Rustic-chic outpost for seasonal Canadian cooking from an open kitchen with craft beer & spirits.
Located on Locke St. S., just up the street from this BnB is a light-filled donut shop with vegan & traditional yeast donuts, milkshakes, & coffee.
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Donut Monster
246 Locke St S
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Located on Locke St. S., just up the street from this BnB is a light-filled donut shop with vegan & traditional yeast donuts, milkshakes, & coffee.
Downtown Mall
A Mall with a large International Grocery Store (Nations Fresh Foods) and a historic indoor Farmer's Market, a Public Library, McMaster Continuing Education site, a great Cinema with leather recliner reserved seating, many bars, restaurants and cafe's, as well as shopping. A one-stop shopping area in the heart of Downtown Hamilton!
There is a great International Grocery Store located inside Jackson Square called Nations. Here you will find an eclectic mix of multi-cultural grocery items. To serve the modern lifestyle in the core of downtown Hamilton, the Hamilton flagship store has a large food court area with worldwide cuisines that are ready to eat / heat. Very affordable pricing. Hamilton Farmer's Market: The Hamilton Farmers’ Market was established in 1837 and is overseen by the City of Hamilton. Open year-round with 60 vendors. Choose from local, national and international foods including produce, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, deli, baked goods, flowers, specialty foods, and artisan handmade products. Located in the heart of downtown Hamilton beside Jackson Square and the Hamilton Public Library (Central Branch). Landmark Cinema's: A great movie theater experience with Premium Large Format (PLF) brands (IMAX®, Extra, Xtreme), and RealD 3D technology, and the premium comfort of Full-Recliner Seating and with the added convenience of FREE Reserved Seating. McMaster Continuing Education: Campus located at 1 James St. North. Inside Jackson Square. You will find many restaurant options in the mall with some extending to the outside street with patio options, many shops, some banks, The Sheraton Hotel is located off King St. W. with access to the mall, etc.
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Lloyd D. Jackson Square
2 King St W
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There is a great International Grocery Store located inside Jackson Square called Nations. Here you will find an eclectic mix of multi-cultural grocery items. To serve the modern lifestyle in the core of downtown Hamilton, the Hamilton flagship store has a large food court area with worldwide cuisines that are ready to eat / heat. Very affordable pricing. Hamilton Farmer's Market: The Hamilton Farmers’ Market was established in 1837 and is overseen by the City of Hamilton. Open year-round with 60 vendors. Choose from local, national and international foods including produce, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, deli, baked goods, flowers, specialty foods, and artisan handmade products. Located in the heart of downtown Hamilton beside Jackson Square and the Hamilton Public Library (Central Branch). Landmark Cinema's: A great movie theater experience with Premium Large Format (PLF) brands (IMAX®, Extra, Xtreme), and RealD 3D technology, and the premium comfort of Full-Recliner Seating and with the added convenience of FREE Reserved Seating. McMaster Continuing Education: Campus located at 1 James St. North. Inside Jackson Square. You will find many restaurant options in the mall with some extending to the outside street with patio options, many shops, some banks, The Sheraton Hotel is located off King St. W. with access to the mall, etc.
Shopping Mall
CF Lime Ridge is Hamilton's premier fashion destination, offering an exciting shopping experience with over 180 of the most recognizable brands. CF Lime Ridge is conveniently located on the Hamilton mountain with direct access to the Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway and HSR transit service.
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Limeridge Mall
999 Upper Wentworth St
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CF Lime Ridge is Hamilton's premier fashion destination, offering an exciting shopping experience with over 180 of the most recognizable brands. CF Lime Ridge is conveniently located on the Hamilton mountain with direct access to the Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway and HSR transit service.
Laundromat
Here for an extended stay and need to wash some clothes? There are 2 laundromats that are walking distance from our BnB: Dover's Launderette: Located at 210 Queen St S. -- A 6min walk from our BnB.
Dover's Launderette
210 Queen St S
Here for an extended stay and need to wash some clothes? There are 2 laundromats that are walking distance from our BnB: Dover's Launderette: Located at 210 Queen St S. -- A 6min walk from our BnB.
If you prefer a Wash, Dry and Fold Service, check out The Wash, located at 54 Queen St. S. , only a 7min walk from our Air BnB. Very economical pricing! Same day or next day options.
The Wash
54 Queen St S
If you prefer a Wash, Dry and Fold Service, check out The Wash, located at 54 Queen St. S. , only a 7min walk from our Air BnB. Very economical pricing! Same day or next day options.
Sightseeing
Experience a guided tour of this 40-room Italianate-style villa built in the 1830’s on Burlington Heights; the former site of a fortified military encampment established by the British in 1813. Once home to Sir Allan Napier MacNab, railway magnate, lawyer and Premier of the United Canadas (1854-1856) and his family, today Dundurn Castle tells the story of the family who lived above stairs and the servants who lived and worked below stairs to support their affluent lifestyle. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is the museum’s Patron and the great, great, great granddaughter of Sir Allan MacNab.
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Dundurn Castle
610 York Blvd
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Experience a guided tour of this 40-room Italianate-style villa built in the 1830’s on Burlington Heights; the former site of a fortified military encampment established by the British in 1813. Once home to Sir Allan Napier MacNab, railway magnate, lawyer and Premier of the United Canadas (1854-1856) and his family, today Dundurn Castle tells the story of the family who lived above stairs and the servants who lived and worked below stairs to support their affluent lifestyle. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is the museum’s Patron and the great, great, great granddaughter of Sir Allan MacNab.
Burlington Heights, where Dundurn Castle and the Hamilton Military Museum now stand, was occupied by the British military from 1813 -1815. Built as a gate house by Sir Allan MacNab in the late 1830s atop a battery from the War of 1812, This building known as Battery Lodge, now houses The Hamilton Military Museum.
Hamilton Military Museum
610 York Blvd
Burlington Heights, where Dundurn Castle and the Hamilton Military Museum now stand, was occupied by the British military from 1813 -1815. Built as a gate house by Sir Allan MacNab in the late 1830s atop a battery from the War of 1812, This building known as Battery Lodge, now houses The Hamilton Military Museum.
Discover one of the finest examples of an intact historic home in Canada during a guided tour with a costumed interpreter. Three generations of the McQuesten family lived at Whitehern from 1852 until 1968. Among the last generation were six children who never married. In 1959, the three surviving members of the family bequeathed the home to the City with all its original contents. Whitehern contains elements from many time periods – Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian – dating up to 1939 when the Honourable Thomas McQuesten was Minister of Highways. Explore the heritage of Victorian ideas and possessions that influenced life at Whitehern on the eve of World War II.
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Whitehern Historic House and Garden
41 Jackson St W
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Discover one of the finest examples of an intact historic home in Canada during a guided tour with a costumed interpreter. Three generations of the McQuesten family lived at Whitehern from 1852 until 1968. Among the last generation were six children who never married. In 1959, the three surviving members of the family bequeathed the home to the City with all its original contents. Whitehern contains elements from many time periods – Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian – dating up to 1939 when the Honourable Thomas McQuesten was Minister of Highways. Explore the heritage of Victorian ideas and possessions that influenced life at Whitehern on the eve of World War II.
Experience a guided tour of this early 19th century homestead once home to the Gage family. The Gages worked the land with their ten children and became a strong voice in the hamlet of Stoney Creek. During the War of 1812, the family retreated to their cellar as the Battle of Stoney Creek raged outside. The 100-foot-high Battlefield Monument stands as a symbol of peace and commemorates those soldiers who died on June 6, 1813. Nestled under the scenic Niagara Escarpment, this historic site encompasses 32 acres of parkland divided by Battlefield Creek.
Battlefield House Museum & Park National Historic Site
77 King St W
Experience a guided tour of this early 19th century homestead once home to the Gage family. The Gages worked the land with their ten children and became a strong voice in the hamlet of Stoney Creek. During the War of 1812, the family retreated to their cellar as the Battle of Stoney Creek raged outside. The 100-foot-high Battlefield Monument stands as a symbol of peace and commemorates those soldiers who died on June 6, 1813. Nestled under the scenic Niagara Escarpment, this historic site encompasses 32 acres of parkland divided by Battlefield Creek.
Canada’s proud history of wartime naval service is vividly on display aboard legendary HMCS Haida, a Tribal class destroyer that served in the Second World War, the Korean Conflict and the Cold War. Distinguishing herself in several historic battles, the Royal Canadian Navy’s most famous ship now proudly rests in Hamilton. Explore its historic decks and imagine yourself as a crew member of the destroyer dubbed ‘Canada’s most fightingest ship’.
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HMCS Haida National Historic Site
658 Catherine St N
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Canada’s proud history of wartime naval service is vividly on display aboard legendary HMCS Haida, a Tribal class destroyer that served in the Second World War, the Korean Conflict and the Cold War. Distinguishing herself in several historic battles, the Royal Canadian Navy’s most famous ship now proudly rests in Hamilton. Explore its historic decks and imagine yourself as a crew member of the destroyer dubbed ‘Canada’s most fightingest ship’.
Sam Lawrence Park, situated on the Mountain brow at the top of the Jolley Cut, is one of the jewels in Hamilton's park system. Its features include a rock garden with perennial flowers, ornamental benches and lighting, walkways (most of which are accessible), wildflowers and prairie grasses, and an extensive system of interpretive signs. The park also offers spectacular, panoramic views of the lower city and the harbour.
Sam Lawrence Park
Sam Lawrence Park, situated on the Mountain brow at the top of the Jolley Cut, is one of the jewels in Hamilton's park system. Its features include a rock garden with perennial flowers, ornamental benches and lighting, walkways (most of which are accessible), wildflowers and prairie grasses, and an extensive system of interpretive signs. The park also offers spectacular, panoramic views of the lower city and the harbour.
The Royal Connaught Hotel is a 13-storey building in downtown Hamilton, Ontario. It was built by Harry Frost of Buffalo, New York in 1914, who also started up and owned the Frost Fence Company in Hamilton. It is located at the corner of King Street East and John Street South. From 2014-2018 it was converted to a condominium. Opened in 1916, host to prime ministers, royalty and Hollywood stars, the Royal Connaught has been a venerable Hamilton landmark for nearly a century. The dream of businessman Harry Frost, it was built by Pigott Construction, whose other projects included the Skylon Tower, the Burlington Skyway, the ROM and Hamilton’s first skyscraper. Standing 50 metres high, the hotel’s palatial amenities included 244 bedrooms all with marble-floored baths and a 1500 capacity banquet hall. The ballroom and rooftop restaurant served as Hamilton’s prime venue for international entertainers boasting a breathtaking rooftop view of Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. Even after closing in 2004, this grand hotel has maintained an impressive presence in the Gore Park area. Check out the website for the history of this Hamilton Historic Hotel, now converted into beautiful condominium. There is a Starbucks on the bottom level too!
Residences of Royal Connaught
112 King St E
The Royal Connaught Hotel is a 13-storey building in downtown Hamilton, Ontario. It was built by Harry Frost of Buffalo, New York in 1914, who also started up and owned the Frost Fence Company in Hamilton. It is located at the corner of King Street East and John Street South. From 2014-2018 it was converted to a condominium. Opened in 1916, host to prime ministers, royalty and Hollywood stars, the Royal Connaught has been a venerable Hamilton landmark for nearly a century. The dream of businessman Harry Frost, it was built by Pigott Construction, whose other projects included the Skylon Tower, the Burlington Skyway, the ROM and Hamilton’s first skyscraper. Standing 50 metres high, the hotel’s palatial amenities included 244 bedrooms all with marble-floored baths and a 1500 capacity banquet hall. The ballroom and rooftop restaurant served as Hamilton’s prime venue for international entertainers boasting a breathtaking rooftop view of Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. Even after closing in 2004, this grand hotel has maintained an impressive presence in the Gore Park area. Check out the website for the history of this Hamilton Historic Hotel, now converted into beautiful condominium. There is a Starbucks on the bottom level too!
Founded in 1914, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is the oldest and largest art museum in Southern Ontario with a permanent collection that is recognized as one of the finest in Canada. Embracing Canadian historical, international and contemporary art, the collection consists of more than 10,000 works. You can see superb pieces by Alex Colville, Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, Emily Carr, James Tissot, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Gustave Doré, Norval Morrisseau, Keith Haring, Edward Burtynsky, Kim Adams, or Tyler Tekatch, to name a few. Whether you’re looking for a specific artist or spending time in one of our galleries, you’re sure to find works that inspire, intrigue, challenge and engage you.
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Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King St W
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Founded in 1914, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is the oldest and largest art museum in Southern Ontario with a permanent collection that is recognized as one of the finest in Canada. Embracing Canadian historical, international and contemporary art, the collection consists of more than 10,000 works. You can see superb pieces by Alex Colville, Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, Emily Carr, James Tissot, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Gustave Doré, Norval Morrisseau, Keith Haring, Edward Burtynsky, Kim Adams, or Tyler Tekatch, to name a few. Whether you’re looking for a specific artist or spending time in one of our galleries, you’re sure to find works that inspire, intrigue, challenge and engage you.
The current Lister Block was erected on the site of the old Lister Chambers, built by Joseph Lister in 1886 as one of Hamilton's first multipurpose commercial office/retail buildings. When the Chambers were ravaged by fire in 1923, in less than a year the current block was built over the ruins to house a wide range of merchants, businesses, professionals, and agencies. The Block, designed by the architectural firm of Bernard Prack in the Classical Renaissance style,was built by Pigott Construction Company who took only 37 1/2 working days to pour the reinforced concrete skeleton of the seven storey building.The latest construction technology was used to provide up-to-date qualities of fire resistance, ventilation, and natural light. The new Lister Block had a double storey base with large retail glazing on both levels. The lower two storeys and the cornice were decorated in white terracotta, with fluted pilasters, medallions and cartouches, and projecting cornices. The storefronts, along James and King William streets, had expansive glass bay windows with copper and bronze detailing, decorative steel grilles, and leaded transoms. The intermediate storeys boasted wood double-hung windows with copper-alloy transom panels, and dark red rug-finish brick on the pilasters. The building was crowned with an elaborate white terracotta cornice above the sixth floor. Inside, the first floor L shaped arcade, with its marble floor and arched ceiling with decorative plasterwork, housed a number of store fronts with large glass windows and decorative wood trim. The skylights provided natural light to the interior, and so strolling past the stores had an outdoor feel to it. The second floor arcade in a reverse L shaped design was reached by north and south staircases, with steel stringers, newels and balusters, oak handrails, and terrazzo treads and landings. One of Hamilton's most successful commercial establishments, the Block prospered until the 1950s, when it gradually succumbed to the ambitious downtown renewal schemes that followed, and to the expanding suburbs with their convenient malls and parking. The building did remain largely occupied until the mid-1970s, with long-standing tenants like the Anne Foster Music Shop, but finally closed in 1995 and was seen as a symbol of downtown urban decay until the city renovated it. It reopened last year. The city spent nearly $30 million to restore it.
Lister Block
28 James St N
The current Lister Block was erected on the site of the old Lister Chambers, built by Joseph Lister in 1886 as one of Hamilton's first multipurpose commercial office/retail buildings. When the Chambers were ravaged by fire in 1923, in less than a year the current block was built over the ruins to house a wide range of merchants, businesses, professionals, and agencies. The Block, designed by the architectural firm of Bernard Prack in the Classical Renaissance style,was built by Pigott Construction Company who took only 37 1/2 working days to pour the reinforced concrete skeleton of the seven storey building.The latest construction technology was used to provide up-to-date qualities of fire resistance, ventilation, and natural light. The new Lister Block had a double storey base with large retail glazing on both levels. The lower two storeys and the cornice were decorated in white terracotta, with fluted pilasters, medallions and cartouches, and projecting cornices. The storefronts, along James and King William streets, had expansive glass bay windows with copper and bronze detailing, decorative steel grilles, and leaded transoms. The intermediate storeys boasted wood double-hung windows with copper-alloy transom panels, and dark red rug-finish brick on the pilasters. The building was crowned with an elaborate white terracotta cornice above the sixth floor. Inside, the first floor L shaped arcade, with its marble floor and arched ceiling with decorative plasterwork, housed a number of store fronts with large glass windows and decorative wood trim. The skylights provided natural light to the interior, and so strolling past the stores had an outdoor feel to it. The second floor arcade in a reverse L shaped design was reached by north and south staircases, with steel stringers, newels and balusters, oak handrails, and terrazzo treads and landings. One of Hamilton's most successful commercial establishments, the Block prospered until the 1950s, when it gradually succumbed to the ambitious downtown renewal schemes that followed, and to the expanding suburbs with their convenient malls and parking. The building did remain largely occupied until the mid-1970s, with long-standing tenants like the Anne Foster Music Shop, but finally closed in 1995 and was seen as a symbol of downtown urban decay until the city renovated it. It reopened last year. The city spent nearly $30 million to restore it.
Hamilton is actually known as the Waterfall Capital of the WORLD!!! ....really!!! Look it up. We are truly a hidden gem of a city : )
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Websters Falls
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Hamilton is actually known as the Waterfall Capital of the WORLD!!! ....really!!! Look it up. We are truly a hidden gem of a city : )
Hamilton is actually known as the Waterfall Capital of the WORLD!!! ....really!!! Look it up. We are truly a hidden gem of a city : )
Albion Falls
885 Mountain Brow Blvd
Hamilton is actually known as the Waterfall Capital of the WORLD!!! ....really!!! Look it up. We are truly a hidden gem of a city : )
Chedoke Falls is 15.5 metre urban ribbon waterfall found atop the Niagara Escarpment in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The watercourse is the Chedoke Creek, an urban creek that runs through the west end of Hamilton and crosses the Bruce Trail and the Radial Trail
Chedoke Falls
480 Scenic Dr
Chedoke Falls is 15.5 metre urban ribbon waterfall found atop the Niagara Escarpment in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The watercourse is the Chedoke Creek, an urban creek that runs through the west end of Hamilton and crosses the Bruce Trail and the Radial Trail
Located in The North End at Pier 8 Discovery Drive (12min drive~5km from this BnB) is Williams Coffee Pub. Take in the serene atmosphere at the waterfront while enjoying a nice breakfast or lunch at this quaint cafe with loads of indoor and outdoor seating. There is a roller skating rink/ice skating rink right beside it and a beautiful walkway around the Hamilton Yacht Club. The Waterfront Trail connects here and will take you all the way over to Pier 4 and then along the waterfront leading to Princess Point in the West End, if you dare to make the trek! Great area for rollerblading, biking, and hiking!
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Williams Fresh Cafe
47 Discovery Dr
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Located in The North End at Pier 8 Discovery Drive (12min drive~5km from this BnB) is Williams Coffee Pub. Take in the serene atmosphere at the waterfront while enjoying a nice breakfast or lunch at this quaint cafe with loads of indoor and outdoor seating. There is a roller skating rink/ice skating rink right beside it and a beautiful walkway around the Hamilton Yacht Club. The Waterfront Trail connects here and will take you all the way over to Pier 4 and then along the waterfront leading to Princess Point in the West End, if you dare to make the trek! Great area for rollerblading, biking, and hiking!
Recreation
Indoor heated swimming pool open to the public (see website for hours and details on types of swims available), sports and fitness facilities (see website for details on classes available, use of basketball courts, etc), located right behind our BnB!
Ryerson Recreation Centre
251 Duke St
Indoor heated swimming pool open to the public (see website for hours and details on types of swims available), sports and fitness facilities (see website for details on classes available, use of basketball courts, etc), located right behind our BnB!
The Hamilton Amateur Athletic Association Grounds (also known as Hamilton AAA Grounds or HAAA) is a park located on the north side of Charlton Avenue West, between Locke Street South and Queen Street South, right behind our BnB. The park served as home to the Hamilton Tigers from 1872–1949. In 1950, the Tigers amalgamated with the Hamilton Wildcats to create the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. A plaque outlining much of the grounds' history (including information on the Grey Cup games played there) is located next to the main entrance on Charlton. There is a beautiful running track here!
Hamilton Amateur Athletic Association Grounds
250 Charlton Ave W
The Hamilton Amateur Athletic Association Grounds (also known as Hamilton AAA Grounds or HAAA) is a park located on the north side of Charlton Avenue West, between Locke Street South and Queen Street South, right behind our BnB. The park served as home to the Hamilton Tigers from 1872–1949. In 1950, the Tigers amalgamated with the Hamilton Wildcats to create the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. A plaque outlining much of the grounds' history (including information on the Grey Cup games played there) is located next to the main entrance on Charlton. There is a beautiful running track here!
Lots of running trails accessed from this park leading to McMaster University and Cootes Paradise. A runner's paradise! Check out the website Hamilton's Hiking Trails for a full listing of the many awesome outdoor hiking areas this city has to offer! People are often surprised at the amount of greenspace this city actually has ~ we are definitely underrated in terms of that! Churchill Park provides a great opportunity to relax from the city's noise and enjoy the beauty of nature, so take some hours off and spend them here. The park was established on the grounds of the Royal Botanical Gardens of Hamilton and offers activities such as soccer, lawn bowling and softball, as well as an accessible playground.
Churchill Park
187 Cline Ave N
Lots of running trails accessed from this park leading to McMaster University and Cootes Paradise. A runner's paradise! Check out the website Hamilton's Hiking Trails for a full listing of the many awesome outdoor hiking areas this city has to offer! People are often surprised at the amount of greenspace this city actually has ~ we are definitely underrated in terms of that! Churchill Park provides a great opportunity to relax from the city's noise and enjoy the beauty of nature, so take some hours off and spend them here. The park was established on the grounds of the Royal Botanical Gardens of Hamilton and offers activities such as soccer, lawn bowling and softball, as well as an accessible playground.
Gage Park, built in a style reflective of the Canadian City Beautiful movement of the 1920s, is one of Hamilton’s most iconic, historical and cultural landscapes. The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) announced that Hamilton’s Gage Park was selected as the recipient of the inaugural CSLA Legacy Project Award (2016). Gage Park has outstanding gardens, a historical fountain and a large selection of trees. The new Gage Park Tropical House is another jewel in the park. Gage Park hosts many of Hamilton's long running outdoor festivals, including The Festival Of Friends, A Midsummer's Dream Colour Festival and Its Your Festival.
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Gage Park
1000 Main St E
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Gage Park, built in a style reflective of the Canadian City Beautiful movement of the 1920s, is one of Hamilton’s most iconic, historical and cultural landscapes. The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) announced that Hamilton’s Gage Park was selected as the recipient of the inaugural CSLA Legacy Project Award (2016). Gage Park has outstanding gardens, a historical fountain and a large selection of trees. The new Gage Park Tropical House is another jewel in the park. Gage Park hosts many of Hamilton's long running outdoor festivals, including The Festival Of Friends, A Midsummer's Dream Colour Festival and Its Your Festival.
Victoria Park is a large sports park with a variety of activities, including a playground, a large hardball diamond, outdoor swimming and wading pools, tennis and multi-purpose courts, and a Community Garden.
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Victoria Park
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Victoria Park is a large sports park with a variety of activities, including a playground, a large hardball diamond, outdoor swimming and wading pools, tennis and multi-purpose courts, and a Community Garden.
Princess Point is located in the south east corner of Cootes Paradise marsh in Hamilton, Ontario, and is the principal access point to the surrounding natural areas. The property is part of the Cootes Paradise Nature Sanctuary owned and managed by the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG). The low waterside peninsula has made Princess Point a natural gathering place for people for thousands of years. Archeological discoveries have indicated that between 1000 and 800 AD the Middle Woodland Culture brought agriculture in the form of corn production to the region.[citation needed] The discovery of this has given rise to the term the Princess Point Complex, referring to this archeological group of native people that cover a large region of eastern North America. The current parking area was created in the 1950s by the RBG through substantial infilling of the marshland, and for several decades the area was manicured parkland. The site has never been farmed and so a number of unusual species of oak trees remain. The site continues to be used as an archeological field school in a collaboration between the RBG and the University of Toronto. The site provides both canoe access to Cootes Paradise and starting point for the waterfront and natural trails of the area. You will find great hiking trails accessible from this point, as well as access to the Waterfront Trail that connects all along Hamilton Harbour to BayFront Park, Pier 4 and Pier 8! Great for biking, rollerblading or hiking!
Princess Point
Princess Point is located in the south east corner of Cootes Paradise marsh in Hamilton, Ontario, and is the principal access point to the surrounding natural areas. The property is part of the Cootes Paradise Nature Sanctuary owned and managed by the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG). The low waterside peninsula has made Princess Point a natural gathering place for people for thousands of years. Archeological discoveries have indicated that between 1000 and 800 AD the Middle Woodland Culture brought agriculture in the form of corn production to the region.[citation needed] The discovery of this has given rise to the term the Princess Point Complex, referring to this archeological group of native people that cover a large region of eastern North America. The current parking area was created in the 1950s by the RBG through substantial infilling of the marshland, and for several decades the area was manicured parkland. The site has never been farmed and so a number of unusual species of oak trees remain. The site continues to be used as an archeological field school in a collaboration between the RBG and the University of Toronto. The site provides both canoe access to Cootes Paradise and starting point for the waterfront and natural trails of the area. You will find great hiking trails accessible from this point, as well as access to the Waterfront Trail that connects all along Hamilton Harbour to BayFront Park, Pier 4 and Pier 8! Great for biking, rollerblading or hiking!
Princess Point and Sassafras Point is a 5.3 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located in Westdale that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Sassafras Point Lookout
Princess Point and Sassafras Point is a 5.3 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located in Westdale that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
The Chedoke Radial Recreational Trail is a pedestrian and bicycle pathway developed on the former right of way of the Brantford and Hamilton Electric Railway. It is part of the Bruce Trail. Beginning at Hillcrest Avenue, the trail runs for 2.7 kilometres southwest, crossing the Chedoke Golf Course and traversing the escarpment to Scenic Drive. Here, the trail links with a Hamilton Region Conservation Authority Trail that crosses the Iroquoia Heights Conservation Area and ends at Highway 403. Trail entrances are located at Hillcrest Avenue (just east of Dundurn Street South), Chedoke Golf Course, and at Scenic Drive (at Upper Paradise Road). The escarpment stairs located at Dundurn Street south and at the Chedoke Golf Course also lead to the trail. The stairs have a bike trough. Trail users experience the beauty of the Niagara Escarpment, and take in a magnificent view of the west end of Hamilton and the Dundas Valley. The trail is considered accessible for those in wheelchairs or those pushing strollers, however the variation in slope (2 to 5%) may present some difficulties. The portion of the trail between the Chedoke Golf Course clubhouse and the Dundurn Stairs is flat and has an asphalt surface. The rest of the trail has a fine granular surface.
Chedoke Radial Recreational Trail
120 Beddoe Dr
The Chedoke Radial Recreational Trail is a pedestrian and bicycle pathway developed on the former right of way of the Brantford and Hamilton Electric Railway. It is part of the Bruce Trail. Beginning at Hillcrest Avenue, the trail runs for 2.7 kilometres southwest, crossing the Chedoke Golf Course and traversing the escarpment to Scenic Drive. Here, the trail links with a Hamilton Region Conservation Authority Trail that crosses the Iroquoia Heights Conservation Area and ends at Highway 403. Trail entrances are located at Hillcrest Avenue (just east of Dundurn Street South), Chedoke Golf Course, and at Scenic Drive (at Upper Paradise Road). The escarpment stairs located at Dundurn Street south and at the Chedoke Golf Course also lead to the trail. The stairs have a bike trough. Trail users experience the beauty of the Niagara Escarpment, and take in a magnificent view of the west end of Hamilton and the Dundas Valley. The trail is considered accessible for those in wheelchairs or those pushing strollers, however the variation in slope (2 to 5%) may present some difficulties. The portion of the trail between the Chedoke Golf Course clubhouse and the Dundurn Stairs is flat and has an asphalt surface. The rest of the trail has a fine granular surface.
Pier 4 Park is a 2.4 hectare park found in the west-end of Hamilton Harbour near Bay Street North in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The park features a multi-use asphalt trail, 349 metres in length and 4 metres wide which provides barrier-free access to all areas of the park and linkages with the surrounding harbourfront precinct. Great for rollerblading, biking or hiking! You will find Hutch's Fish & Chips here too! A total of $2.2 million has been invested for the redevelopment of the park which includes a 24-metre tugboat which acts as the centrepiece of an interactive water play area for children. A dramatically curved lookout pier includes a protected sun shelter and benches to view the marinas, parkland and vistas of the surrounding Bay. In addition Hamilton Harbour Commissioners (HHC) have constructed Hamilton Pier which provides 0.4 hectares of additional parkland and fish habitat. Nearby attractions include the Harbour West Marina Complex, Macassa Bay Yacht Club, Pier 8, Bayfront Park, HHC Sailing School and the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club.
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Pier 4 Park
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Pier 4 Park is a 2.4 hectare park found in the west-end of Hamilton Harbour near Bay Street North in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The park features a multi-use asphalt trail, 349 metres in length and 4 metres wide which provides barrier-free access to all areas of the park and linkages with the surrounding harbourfront precinct. Great for rollerblading, biking or hiking! You will find Hutch's Fish & Chips here too! A total of $2.2 million has been invested for the redevelopment of the park which includes a 24-metre tugboat which acts as the centrepiece of an interactive water play area for children. A dramatically curved lookout pier includes a protected sun shelter and benches to view the marinas, parkland and vistas of the surrounding Bay. In addition Hamilton Harbour Commissioners (HHC) have constructed Hamilton Pier which provides 0.4 hectares of additional parkland and fish habitat. Nearby attractions include the Harbour West Marina Complex, Macassa Bay Yacht Club, Pier 8, Bayfront Park, HHC Sailing School and the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club.
Dundurn Stairs is a 0.3 kilometer (330 stairs!) moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hamilton, Ontario, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, workouts, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September. The stairs are a great workout with beautiful scenery the whole way through. A quarter of the way up, you can access the Bruce Trail at 2 exit points off the stairs.
Dundurn Stairs
Dundurn Stairs is a 0.3 kilometer (330 stairs!) moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hamilton, Ontario, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, workouts, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September. The stairs are a great workout with beautiful scenery the whole way through. A quarter of the way up, you can access the Bruce Trail at 2 exit points off the stairs.
The Chedoke steps connect the West Mountain to the lower west city, coming close to the front door of the Chedoke Civic Golf Course clubhouse. In the lower city, the steps connect to the Chedoke Radial Trial. There are 289 steps and is a very popular staircase for exercising. You can take your bike up and down easily with the built-in bike troughs along the sides of the stairs.
Chedoke Stairs
The Chedoke steps connect the West Mountain to the lower west city, coming close to the front door of the Chedoke Civic Golf Course clubhouse. In the lower city, the steps connect to the Chedoke Radial Trial. There are 289 steps and is a very popular staircase for exercising. You can take your bike up and down easily with the built-in bike troughs along the sides of the stairs.
Outdoor roller staking in summer and ice skating in winter! Rentals available. Beautiful views of of Hamilton Harbour. You will also find a William's Coffee Pub, The Hamilton Yacht Club, access to a Trolley ride of the Hamilton Waterfront Trail, and in the summer, Scoops Ice Cream.
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Outdoor Skating Rink at Pier 8
47 Discovery Dr
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Outdoor roller staking in summer and ice skating in winter! Rentals available. Beautiful views of of Hamilton Harbour. You will also find a William's Coffee Pub, The Hamilton Yacht Club, access to a Trolley ride of the Hamilton Waterfront Trail, and in the summer, Scoops Ice Cream.
Of Hamilton’s 5 sets of stairs the Wentworth Stairs is one of the oldest. There are 498 steps in total! The original wooden steps were built in 1903 next to the site of the city’s second Incline railway (1895–1936)( Eastend Incline Railway) at the base of the escarpment and Wentworth Street. They were replaced with metal steps after a rock slide in March 1983 and now follow the path of the old Incline Railway. During summer months it is estimated that these steps are traversed over 2000 times per day. A great cardio workout! And you can access the Bruce Trail along the escarpment here as well!
Wentworth stairs
Of Hamilton’s 5 sets of stairs the Wentworth Stairs is one of the oldest. There are 498 steps in total! The original wooden steps were built in 1903 next to the site of the city’s second Incline railway (1895–1936)( Eastend Incline Railway) at the base of the escarpment and Wentworth Street. They were replaced with metal steps after a rock slide in March 1983 and now follow the path of the old Incline Railway. During summer months it is estimated that these steps are traversed over 2000 times per day. A great cardio workout! And you can access the Bruce Trail along the escarpment here as well!
Bayfront Park is a 16-hectare (40-acre) park found in the West-end of Hamilton Harbour near Bay Street North in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Over $9 million transformed formerly vacant land into a versatile green space, with 1,800 metres (5,906 ft) of shoreline integrating fish habitat, native vegetation and facilities. The park is the site of a variety of summer festivals and concerts. A protected sandy beach and a 6-metre (20 ft) wide trail circles the park. Other important features of the park include: a public boat launch, fishing opportunities, a 250 space parking lot, and pedestrian and bicycle trails leading to Pier 4 Park. Nearby attractions include the Harbour West Marina Complex, Macassa Bay Yacht Club, Pier 4 Park, Pier 8, HHC Sailing School and the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club.
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Bayfront Park
200 Harbour Front Dr
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Bayfront Park is a 16-hectare (40-acre) park found in the West-end of Hamilton Harbour near Bay Street North in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Over $9 million transformed formerly vacant land into a versatile green space, with 1,800 metres (5,906 ft) of shoreline integrating fish habitat, native vegetation and facilities. The park is the site of a variety of summer festivals and concerts. A protected sandy beach and a 6-metre (20 ft) wide trail circles the park. Other important features of the park include: a public boat launch, fishing opportunities, a 250 space parking lot, and pedestrian and bicycle trails leading to Pier 4 Park. Nearby attractions include the Harbour West Marina Complex, Macassa Bay Yacht Club, Pier 4 Park, Pier 8, HHC Sailing School and the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club.
Great spot to bike/hike/run to ~ great views of Princess Point and Hamilton Harbour from the York Street Bridge! A set of stairs are also here leading from the waterfront trail up to the York St. Bridge. A great workout or just enjoy a scenic view!
Waterfront Trail Lookout Point
Great spot to bike/hike/run to ~ great views of Princess Point and Hamilton Harbour from the York Street Bridge! A set of stairs are also here leading from the waterfront trail up to the York St. Bridge. A great workout or just enjoy a scenic view!