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A historic address that has been around since the early 19th century, the Concession Street is a must-visit destination during your Hamilton tour. The street is always bustling with energy and offers plenty of dining and shopping options to visitors. From clothing boutiques and accessories shops to beauty salons, spas and much more, Concession Street takes care of your retail as well as wellness therapy. In addition, there are eclectic restaurants where you can satiate your well-worked appetite. Weekly markets, seasonal festivals and cultural events are also hosted here.
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.
At the brink of the North End neighborhood in Hamilton, the Pier 4 Park provides an ideal summer day escape. Overlooking the scenic Burlington Bay, this park features soft green trails, interspersed with an asphalt pathway that connects several corners of the park to one another. A giant tugboat sits at the edge of the bay, forming the centerpiece of this cute park. The area around the boat makes for a great play area for kids as well. In the evening, take a seat on one of the sheltered benches and watch the sun go down on the bay, painting the water and skies with hues of amber and orange. Later, walk down Discovery Drive and have yourself a warm cuppa at Williams, or stop by at the Pier 7 Boardwalk and enjoy undisturbed views of the marina.
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.
Visit the Royal Hamilton Yatch Club and enjoy sailing! Since 1888, this club has been offering its services and continues to do so. The yatch club hosts racing competitions and also has special training sessions for amateurs. For more details, check website.