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Best Parks in Hamilton

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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 Dundas Valley Conservation Area is truly a picturesque region that is blessed with lush green forests, streams and variety of birds and animals. Declared as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, it comes under the purview of Hamilton Conservation Authority.

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.

Located in the heart of Downtown Hamilton, the Gore Park is an emerald oasis of the city. Surrounded by bustling streets on all four sides, this park is a great place to catch a break from your shopping escapades or sightseeing. Neat patches of carefully-manicured grass define the center of this park that's bordered with scrubs and small trees. The Veteran's Memorial occupies one end of the park, while a majestic fountain beautifies its other side. There are benches across its length and breadth where visitors can sit and watch the world pass by.

Harvey Park is a must visit for outdoor enthusiasts touring Hamilton. The park has several winding trails that are perfect for those who wish to explore the park's verdant landscapes. Harvey park also has open spaces that are ideal for a family picnic. The significant Hamilton Cemetery which is resting place of many of Hamilton's notable politicians, is also part of Harvey Park.

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