Known for its heavy industrial waterfront, Hamilton will surprise
new visitors. The past decade has dramatically changed the waterfront
bringing with it new recreational uses and restored natural and
- The Trail in Hamilton splits into two sections: The Hamilton
Waterfront Trail and the Hamilton Recreation Beach Trail.
- Both Trails are largely off-road, 6m wide, paved asphalt.
- Paved only a few years ago, both trails provide a smooth, wide
surface for all users, especially bladers.
The Hamilton Waterfront Trail (7.5km): follows Hamilton Harbour
from Princess Point (Cootes Paradise) through Bayfront Park, Pier 4 Park,
the Discovery Centre and on to HMCS Haida. You'll also find Williams Coffee
Pub, a Waterfront Ice Cream stand and the Hamilton Harbour Queen Cruises
At Cootes Paradise there is an impressive staircase with a cycling trough
leading to Dundurn Park and some amazing lookouts. From here you can connect
to Burlington via York Street- extreme caution is needed when crossing
the ramp from the 403.
Note: The staircase at Coote's Paradise is quite large and steep and
can be a challenge for cyclists with full paniers.
The Hamilton Beach Recreation Trail: follows the Lake Ontario
shoreline for about 8 km taking people from Burlington under the Lift
Bridge to Confederation Park and into the former Stoney Creek. Interpretative
panels describe the history of Hamilton's waterfront and explain the restoration
process. Please note there is a new way to cross the very busy Eastport
Drive/Beach Blvd.-take the path that goes under the bridge rather than
crossing the road.
Main Access Points (with parking)
Hamilton Waterfront Trail
- Dundurn Park-York Blvd.
- Bayfront Park-Harbourfront Dr and Bay St.
- Pier 4 Park - Leander Dr. and Guise St.
- Pier 8 - Canada Marine Discover Centre
- HMCS Haida at Catherine St.
The Hamilton Beach Trail
- Confederation Park - Van Wagner's Beach Rd. and Centennial Parkway
- Van Wagner's Beach beside Lakeland Community Centre - Van Wagner's
Beach Rd. East of Confederation Park
- Beach Blvd south of lift bridge
Hamilton appears on the following Waterfront Trail maps:
Waterfront Trail routes appear on MapArt's Hamilton 1:25 000 scale fold
map, as well as other MapArt publications. These maps are widely available
through local retailers, or online at www.mapart.com
The City has produced a beautiful map detailing local trails and cycling
Community Waterfront Volunteer Opportunities