Sun, sand and surf! You can enjoy all three, close to home this summer. So grab some sunscreen and hit up one of these sunny Hamilton beaches.

Binbrook Conservation Area: Family-Friendly Fun

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Banish summer boredom at this beautiful man-made lake, offering everything from wildlife spotting and walking trails to epic water sports.

Keep the kids active and entertained for hours at the floating FunSplash Sports Park with more than 25 inflatable obstacles.

Don’t leave without trying the coolest new attractions - Boarder Pass Wakeboarding (like water skiing without a boat) and nearby Treetop Trekking Hamilton, an adventure park with a zip line and aerial games.

Or try something new with a paddleboard or kayak rental at Binbrook Wave Rentals.

Christie Lake Conservation Area: Fun and Frolic

Christie Lake Conservation
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This beautiful lake setting on the Niagara Escarpment has it all including hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, and biking.

Unique offerings include disc golf (think golf but with a Frisbee) and plenty of space to launch your canoe, kayak or paddle board.

Pine-filled forest and meadow trails surround the area.

Confederation Beach Park – an Iconic Hamilton Beach Experience

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With more than 93 hectares, Confederation Beach Park and adjoining Van Wagner’s Beach in the northeast part of the city, checks a lot of boxes.

The long beachfront here is perfect for catching some rays while listening to the gentle waves of Lake Ontario.

Nearby attractions offer the perfect way to burn off some pent-up summer energy. Find batting cages, mini golf and bumper cars at Adventure Village. Then cool off at Wild Waterworks water park or Lakeland Pool.

Finally, fuel up at Barranga’s on the Beach, a popular Mediterranean restaurant with a gorgeous patio overlooking the beach, or go retro at Hutch’s on the Beach serving up classic beachside burgers, fries, and shakes.

Fifty Point Conservation Area: What Floats Your Boat

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Located on Lake Ontario, near Stoney Creek, you might think that the “fifty” refers to the number of ways to enjoy this 80-hectare park. Birdwatchers know the area as a prime spot for observing waterfowl. Boaters, too, appreciate Fifty Point for its marina and storage facilities.

It’s a reel-friendly place for those who like to fish. You may be able to land a whopper in the lake (perhaps a salmon), then snag a trout in the stocked pond with no license required.

Stroll along the beach for some picture-perfect views of the rocky shoreline and Fifty Point lighthouse. Or wade in for a swim. Cap off your beach day with a great meal at Limani at Fifty restaurant located above the conservation area’s marina.

Valens Conservation Area: Beach Day with a Side of Camping

Valens Lake beachfront with visitors swimming
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There’s no need to pack all the fun into one day. Stay awhile! Valens Conservation Area has camping (225 campsites) and cabins to rent. Spend the day fishing in the reservoir for native species like Northern pike and smallmouth bass, or take a refreshing swim in the lake.

Explore 10 kilometres of trails, a 300-metre wetland boardwalk (an ideal setting for taking photos), or climb the observation tower. A concession stand and food truck are also on-site to feed hungry beach-goers.

Valens Lake fishing bridge

Visit the City of Hamilton’s Beach Water Quality for the latest water conditions.