Best for: outdoor fun, fresh air eats, getting active, setting off from the shore, shoreline strolls
Hamilton’s Waterfront, sometimes bustling and sometimes serene depending on the hour, is a convenient escape just blocks from the city’s downtown. For a good walk, bike ride or roller blade, head to the west harbour and waterfront gems like Bayfront and Pier 4 Parks and the Hamilton Harbour Waterfront Trail, lined with trees, viewpoints, beaches and picnic areas.
You don’t have to travel the trail by foot. Take the Hamilton Waterfront Trolley, a rubber tired trackless trolley that follows the shoreline of the western part of the harbour, or board the Hamiltonian tour boat. The Hamiltonian offers a leisurely 50-minute tour with unique views of the natural, recreational and industrial faces of Hamilton and one of North America’s most noteworthy harbours.
You can also cycle the trail on a 2 or 4-seater surrey bike or tandem bike from Waterfront Wheels bike rentals. Serious cyclers can access the HamBur Loop here, a 50-km cycling loop through Hamilton & Burlington that features stunning lookouts, waterfront cycling and great restaurants.
Once you’ve finished exploring, enjoy a bite at the café, grill or ice cream parlour, or go retro with a spin at the seasonal outdoor roller skating rink.