Why Move to Hamilton? Gettin’ back to Nature
One of the greatest things about Hamilton is the accessibility to the outdoors.
It is something that makes us a unique and exceptional community. We are a true urban city. Maybe a smaller one, but a city nonetheless, you can get pizza at midnight, dim sum and authentic Korean food on a lovely Sunday afternoon. But also, within minutes, you can find yourself with access to a clean body of water to put your canoe in, or cast your fishing line. You don’t need to leave the city limits to find a quiet hiking location to sit and enjoy the canopy of trees, or to see some deer wandering by.
City of Waterfalls – So. Many. Waterfalls! Some you can hike right into, some you should check out from a distance. Unfortunately the last few years there has been a lot of incoming visitors which has resulted in some of the most well known falls being shut down for accessibility – people were making silly decisions trying to get the best selfie and were being hurt, and also sadly disrespecting the homes around the falls. I’m hoping in the years to come we will see the city or tourism install some safe permanent ways to view. Do NOT ignore any warnings in place, if it says don’t cross, don’t, if it says you’ll get a ticket, you will. 🙂
Dundas Valley – Dundas – over 1200 Hectares of forest – rail trails, meadows, streams, wildlife. Take your pick and keep exploring
Christie Lake – Flamborough – boats are available to rent, they have a disc golf course, fishing, swimming and of course trails to hike
Valens Lake – Flamborough – great camping and fishing available here
Fifty Point – Stoney Creek – has marina access, beaches and camping
Confederation Park – East hamilton’s Beach Boulevard has a lovely beach and boardwalk with attractions for the family
Ermosa Kent – Upper Stoney Creek – this conservation area has underground caves and streams, and more of a meadow landscape with loads of trails and boardwalks to explore
In the City
Gage Park – 71 acres right in the heart of the city, the park hosts many outdoor events, concerts and festivals over the summer months, and lots of photo ops with the fountain and the iconic bandshell!
Hamilton in Bloom – a city run program that is in place to transform the concrete traffic islands into beautiful and vibrant flower beds
Royal Botanical Gardens – it’s technically in Burlington but shares some of it’s area with the Hamilton side, so we agree to share!
Whitehern – right downtown in Central Hamilton, this museum is a gorgeous example of architecture, but is also known for it’s walled garden
Hamilton Waterfront – the harbour has been revitalized with parks, restaurants, the yacht club ensures the bay is always busy with boaters, it’s a gem within walking distance of downtown and it connects us with Hamilton West and Cootes Paradise. There is some major planned development for Pier 8 which will be something to keep an eye on over the next few years.
What People are saying
- City of Hamilton – June 2018 Waterfront Redevelopment
- Globalnews – May 2018 – Hamilton-area waterfall shuttle back for 2nd year
- Tripadvisor – Things to do near Hamilton Waterfront
- Tourism Hamilton – The Outdoor Explorer
- Hamilton Spectator – Sept 2016 – Snapshots from a Random Sunday in the City of Waterfalls
- BlogTO – June 2016 How to spend 48 Hrs in Hamilton
- The Toronto Star April 2016 – Royal Botanical Gardens in Starring Role
- Discover #HamOnt Podcase Episode 13 – Greg Lenko – Founder of the Escarpment Project
- Discover #HamOnt Podcast Episode 1 – Sofia Stanidis & John Williams of Hamilton Conservation Authority
- CHCH – Hamilton Waterfalls light up the holidays
- Toronto Sun Hamilton is Ontario’s ‘City of Waterfalls’