Summers are always best spent near water.

Located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, Hamilton is bound by waterfronts, giving visitors lots of ways soak up summer as it should be – by the water’s edge.

Here are some of our favourite local waterfront getaways.

West Harbour

There are big things in store for Hamilton’s West Harbour, including a new promenade, public art and condo builds. In the meantime, come and enjoy the amenities already here.

  • Hamilton Waterfront Trail: Enjoy a scenic walk (or bike ride) along this winding and picturesque paved trail.
  • Hamilton Waterfront Trolley: See and learn about one of North America’s most fascinating working harbours from the comfort of this open-air, hop-on hop-off trolley.
  • Outdoor Waterfront Rink: Dig up your old roller skates for some retro fun at open air, waterfront rink. (Rentals are currently unavailable, so be sure to bring your own wheels)

Fuel Up: The patio at Williams Fresh Cafe has a fresh, casual menu with some of the best waterfront views in city. Or grab a burger and fries at the Waterfront Grill. Save room for ice cream from Hamilton Waterfront Scoops.

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Bayfront Park

This urban waterfront park is a favourite with locals and visitors looking to spread out across the expansive greenspace here.

  • Walk the pretty waterfront loop and stop at the lookout peak midway for stellar views of the harbour.
  • Bring a boat to the boat launch or grab a seat on a nearby bench and watch the dragon boat racers glide through the water.
  • Don’t miss the often-photographed commemorative domed pavilion in the middle of the park’s expansive greenspace.

Fuel Up: Grab some delicious grub from Hutch’s, famous for its burgers, fish n’ chips, milkshakes and ice cream cones. Or hit up nearby James Street North, packed with takeout.

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Local Beaches

If you can’t get to the coast or a cottage this summer, a day at a nearby beach might be just the thing. Hamilton’s got a few lovely ones to choose from. Just check ahead to ensure beach not closed for capacity during busy summer weekends.

  • 50 Point Conservation Area: There’s lots of room to spread out your beach towel at this 80-hectare park with great swimming and a pretty marina.
  • Christie Lake Conservation Area has one of the most beautiful lake settings on the Niagara Escarpment with a sandy beach and docks for launching canoes and kayaks along with 10 kilometres of beautiful hiking trails. *Please note Christie Lake beach and swimming area is temporarily closed.
  • Valens Conservation Area is another Hamilton Conservation Area beach with a lakeside sandy area, boating and campsites.

Fuel Up: Pick up some fresh baked goods at nearby Dyment’s Market & Bakery and take in the views at this gorgeous 120-acre farm. Or stop in historic downtown Dundas for a takeout beach picnic from one of the restaurants, bakeries and coffeeshops.

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Hamilton Beachfront

In the summertime, the living is easy at Hamilton’s Beachfront, in the city’s east end.

  • Paved trails and wooden boardwalks offer more than four kilometres of picturesque waterfront strolling.
  • When you're ready for some sunbathing and splashing, lay out a towel on the sandy shore.

Fuel Up: Baranga’s on the Beach serves up delicious Mediterranean menu from a spacious patio with killer views while Hutch’s on the Beach serves up casual retro 1950s diner eats and ice cream cones.

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