Rather than a backcountry trek, this loop focuses on fun and historical sites, although nature lovers will enjoy its lakeside breezes, water views and catching sight of the many water birds at Cootes Paradise. You will start out with a circular tour of Bayfront Park, continue along the Waterfront Trail with views of Lake Ontario, then climb the trail to the Hamilton Cemetery, Dundurn Castle and the Hamilton Military Museum.

Dundurn National Historic Site

Itinerary Highlights

  • Length: 10.5 kilometres
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy
  • Length of Time: 2.5 to 3.5 hours
  • Points of Interest: Waterfront Trail, Dundurn National Historic Site (Dundurn Castle, Dundurn Historic Kitchen Garden & The Hamilton Military Museum), views of Cootes Paradise, the Fishway, and Hamilton Cemetery

Download the detailed loop guide to learn more and plan your hike.

Download Loop Guide


Hamilton and Area Hikes Series

The Hamilton region has become known as the “Waterfall Capital of the World”, and hikers have made tracks here only to find that the area provides much more to explore. The waterfalls are just the beginning of what makes Hamilton a haven for hikers, and memorable day hikes in the area can reveal stunning Carolinian forests, abundant wildlife, spectacular vistas, and historic villages.

The Hamilton and Area Hikes series is your “step by step” guide to six different day hikes that explore conservation areas, the Niagara Escarpment, the Bruce Trail and the Grand River. Each loop hike includes a detailed map, precise directions, local lore, information about the flora, fauna, and history you are likely to encounter, and après hike suggestions.

Don’t miss the other loops in the series:

These loops are just the beginning of the scenic walkabouts that await in Hamilton Halton Brant. We’ve got hundreds of miles of paths and trails where you can treat your feet to a few hours of adventure.

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