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Bayfront Park, a cherished local spot, sits on the west end of Hamilton Harbour. Spread out over 40 acres (16 hectares), it is the perfect spot for a run, bike ride, walk, or quiet afternoon by the water. Thanks to an extensive restoration effort, the park also boasts bike trails, a shoreline walk, a boat launch, picnic tables, and a natural amphitheater. It is also a popular spot for summer festivals and concerts, so keep an eye out for local events when you swing by Hamilton.
A spectacular example of a natural wonder, Cootes Paradise certainly lives up to its name. This fertile wetland is home to so many significant species that it has been named both an Important Bird Area and an Important Reptile and Amphibian Area. Aside from birdwatching, you can enjoy nature walks around this green oasis, which offers so much to be explored. Managed by the Royal Botanical Gardens, Cootes Paradise wears its National Historic site designation proudly. Keep an eye out for the staircase leading to Dundurn Park when you visit for some of the best views.
HMCS Haida (G63) is a tribal class warship which was launched in 1942. It served the Royal Canadian Navy from 1943 to 1963 and also during World War II. It sank more enemy ships than any other warship in the armada. Today, it stands as a museum and can be explored by visitors. Located on the waterfront of Hamilton, the destroyer is also designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1984. You can tour the ship and discover its engine room, the lower and upper decks or just marvel at its sheer grandeur.
Located in Dundas, Ontario, Desjardins Canal is the means to access the Great Lakes and Lake Ontario. Named after Pierre Desjardins, he was known for promoting the canal. Opened in 1826, the canal was greatly used for transportation purposes before the construction of the Great Western Railways in 1853.
Through interactive shows and hands-on experiences, Little Ray's Reptile Zoo encourages visitors to really get to know the incredible creatures that live here. The zoo is home to an amazing collection of reptiles from around the world, including rare species like Cuban boas and the Cayman Blue Rock iguana. Shows and feeding demonstrations are organized throughout the day, alongside hands-on experiences that give you an opportunity to play with and feed snakes, lizards, turtles, tarantulas and other amazing creatures. Through these and many other educational programs, Little Ray hopes to cultivate a deeper understanding of and appreciation for these mysterious creatures, and do away with the myths that lead many to shy away from them. While a trip to Little Ray's is sure to be an especially rewarding experience for kids, the zoo's many attractions appeal to grown-ups as well.
Located on the border of Burlington and Hamilton, the Royal Botanical Garden is a welcome relief from the city life. It is the largest botanical garden in all of Canada. The park has attractions like the Rock Garden Teahouse and the Fishway, in which visitors can view fishes during demonstrations. It also has a large expanse of nature trails within the park which will let visitors see the beautiful Rose Garden. A great way to enjoy the beauty of nature.