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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.
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.
From water sports, playgrounds, winter sports and more, the Christie Lake Conservation Area is a major green space in Hamilton, ideal for families looking to spend a day out enjoying the gorgeous weather. Moreover, the conservation area also offers equestrian sports as well as disc golf, making it a one of a kind destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
Panoramic views and a scenic locale make Spencer Gorge/Webster's Fall Conservation Area the awe-inspiring destination that it is. The natural bounty beckons to tourists from all over, dazzling with its waterfalls and entertaining with its hiking opportunities. Tour the lush landscape to discover the wonders of Dundas Peak, Tew Falls, or either of the titular locations.
Wild Waterworks is the ideal place to have a great time with friends and family while soaking in the pools. Situated further from the city center, the list of attractions at this water park makes it worth the short commute from downtown Hamilton. Head to the wave pool with your little ones and try the adventurous slides if you are a daredevil. After all the fun, if you wish to laze around then grab a tube and float on the waters of the Easy River. They also have the Little Squirt Works, a play area created only for toddlers. During the warmer months if you are looking for a fun way to beat the heat, then Wild Waterworks is your place to be.
Hamilton Children's Museum is housed within a historic farmhouse that dates back to the late-19th century. A fun feature of Gage Park, it provides learning opportunities to kids with its many interactive displays and programs. Although mostly for children, kids and adults alike will enjoy exploring exhibits like the ship and building galleries found in this piece of living history. Note that local schools, daycare centers, and community organizations often organize tours of Hamilton Children's Museum in advance.