Please note there is a temporary trail closure on the Hamilton Recreation Beach Trail at the Burlington Canal Bridge. The closure will be in effect from July 4 to 28, 2016, Monday to Thursday from 7 am to 5 pm. There will be days with no pedestrian or cycling access across the bridge.
Known for its heavy industrial waterfront, Hamilton will surprise new visitors. The past two decades have dramatically changed the waterfront bringing with it new recreational uses, restored natural areas and cultural features.
- 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.
- Both trails provide a smooth, wide surface for all users, especially bladers.
- A Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge over the QEW connects the Waterfront and Hamilton Beach to the Red Hill Valley Trail and downtown Hamilton.
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 nearby.
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 Recreation Beach Trail (8km): Follows the Lake Ontario shoreline taking people from Burlington under the Burlington Canal 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. There are two popular restaurants along the way and several beaches where you can take a dip.
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
Resources, Local Maps and Connecting Trails
Hamilton Bike Routes, Trails and Parks Map
The City of Hamilton has produced a great map of the City Trails. This and other cycling information can be found on the City of Hamilton’s website here:
Hamilton-Brant Rail Trail
A 32 km off-road trail that connects Hamilton’s Dundas Valley to Brantford Ontario. The trail continues uninterrupted to Paris and Cambridge.
The TransCanada Trail passes through Hamilton. The Hamilton Brant Rail Trail has been officially recognized as part of the TransCanada Trail network.
- Regional Tourism Organization
- City of Hamilton
- Chamber of Commerce Stoney Creek
How to Get there and Public Transit Information
Bike racks are available on all trains equipped with baggage cars. www.viarail.ca
Greyhound busses are not equipped with bicycle racks. www.greyhound.ca