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Before it was a popular Hamilton tourist attraction, Whitehern was home to Ontario politician Thomas McQuesten. The late-Classical structure was built around 1850 and named a National Historic Site of Canada in 1962 for its displays of Georgian, Edwardian, and Victorian era artifacts. Whitehern is open to the public, and guided tours of the property are conducted regularly. For an outing that as historical as it is charming, come check it out.
Covered in a carpet of soft grass and lined with towering trees, the Sam Lawrence Park is a breathe of greenery in the concrete city. The park has well-paved paths for joggers, and there are many benches across where you can sit in solitude. There are verdant trees and shrubs as far as your vision extends and seasonal blooms add a touch of color to the landscape. Since the park is located at an elevation, the upper lawn delights visitors with sweeping views of the city below.
The Hamilton Downtown Family YMCA brings the people together with an array of social events benefiting all sections of people. The center is involved in a number of activities that include child care, health and fitness and community outreach programs. For more on the its activities in Hamilton, call ahead or check out their website.