Located just minutes from the city’s downtown core, Hamilton’s waterfront is easy to reach and even easier to enjoy. Here’s our gu...
Located just minutes from the city’s downtown core, Hamilton’s waterfront is easy to reach and even easier to enjoy. Here’s our guide to getting the most out of Hamilton’s beautiful waterfront.
Home to the Hamilton Waterfront Trolley, Hamiltonian Tour Boat, Outdoor Roller/Skating (Ice) Rink and dining establishments including Williams’ Fresh Cafe, the Waterfront Grills, and Scoops Ice Cream Parlour.
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- Hamilton Waterfront Outdoor Rink From June to September, the outdoor rink is open to visitors to wheel around on their rollerskates – classic retro fun for the young and young-at-heart! Skates are available to rent at the kiosk or bring your own from home. (safety equipment recommended and available for free).
- Theodore Tugboat Grab a selfie with Canadian TV icon Theodore Tugboat, docked at Pier 8. When the replica boat is not out sailing on promotional missions throughout the Great Lakes and Atlantic Canada, visitors can now find him at Hamilton's West Harbour.
- Hamiltonian Tour Boat For a smaller, more intimate harbour tour, hop aboard the 12-passenger Hamiltonian Tour Boat. This 50 minute tour is narrated by a captain sharing fascinating stories about one of continent’s most noteworthy harbours. Catch unique views of Hamilton’s recreational, natural and industrial landscapes.
- Harbour West Trolley Tour The 37-passenger rubber tired trackless trolley allows both young and old the opportunity to travel along the Hamilton Waterfront Trail. The 12km trail follows the shoreline of the western portion of the harbour which features many natural and built attractions, including active marine and rail operations, marinas and sailing/rowing clubs, children’s play facilities, historic bridges.The trackless trolley’s conductor provides great commentary on attractions passed… hop on and off wherever you’d like.
- Copps Pier This waterfront promenade honours the city’s unique industrial heritage with its thoughtful design and friendly open spaces which include chess tables with umbrellas, a playground, sandy beach area with loungers, and several event and performance areas – all along the water’s edge.
- HCMS Haida - Pier 9 A must-see when visiting Hamilton’s waterfront is the famous Canadian warship and National Historic Site, HMCS Haida. It served in the Second World War, the Korean Conflict, and the Cold War. Families can get a guided tour to get up-close and personal with the decks of this tribal class destroyer.
- Tugboat Playground One of the most beloved children’s play areas in the city, the tugboat playground and splash pad is a colourful, interactive, real tug boat for kids to climb and explore.
- Bayfront Park From picnicking to walking the trails, relish in the peace and quiet of this vast, green waterfront locale. Besides offering ideal waterfront strolls and prime picnic areas, Bayfront Park is home to events like Dusk Dances, the Because Beer festival, Canada Day celebrations and much more.