Thanks to Hamilton Harbor and the Niagara Escarpment, Hamilton is a nature lover’s dream come true. The many waterfronts and parks are at the center of Hamilton’s outdoor activities, including concerts, tours, and sports.
Hamilton parks range from the spectacular Webster’s Falls at Spencer Gorge to the calm Burlington Bay Harbor right on Lake Ontario. Webster’s Falls has a cobblestone footbridge, paths down to the bottom of the falls, picnic tables, and the Bruce Trail, which is paved to accommodate both bicyclists and hikers. Burlington Bay Harbor has fishing, boating, and water sports like waterskiing and wakeboarding. Bayfront Park and Pier 4 Park provide scenic views of the Hamilton Harbor and shoreline.
The Brott Music Festival features classical music performed by the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and is held several times throughout the summer at Saint Christopher’s Anglican Church at 662 Guelph Line. Other Hamilton concerts are held at venues like Club Absinthe at 38 King William Street, the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts at 126 James Street South, and The Casbah at 306 King Street West.
Tours of Hamilton take a person through the natural beauty surrounding the city, around Hamilton’s historical sites, and to some of the city’s creepier locations. The Haunted Hamilton tour contains stories and legends of bootleggers, mob hits, and murders. A couple of places on the tour are the historic Bellevue Mansion and the Customs House, both built in the mid-1800s. Historical Perceptions tours are free, held almost daily, and consist of a guided walking tour of Hamilton Cemetery, which is the oldest municipally-owned cemetery in Canada. Ontario Waterfalls Tours take people to some of the most beautiful natural waterfalls in the area. There are two tours to choose from: a bus tour to three waterfalls and a sailboat tour to five.