Posted by: RasmaSandra | January 26, 2023

Beautiful Hamilton

Hamilton is a port city in the Canadian province of Ontario. Ontario is the second-largest province in Canada. It lies on the strip of the Canadian mainland between Hudson and James Bays to the north and the St. Lawrence River-Great Lakes chain to the south. Quebec borders it to the east, the US to the south, and the Canadian province of Manitoba to the west.

The Bruce Trail is an 890-kilometer-long trail which is great for hikers. The trail stretches from Niagara Falls all the way north to Georgian Bay on Lake Huron.

The Niagara Escarpment is a designated UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Starting off from here your hike will take you to some of the most spectacular waterfalls, among them Canterbury Falls.

The Royal Botanical Gardens RBG are part of the neighboring city of Burlington, Ontario. The gardens are rich in biodiversity and home to over 1,100 species of plants, many of which are native to the region. Among the rarest species found here are the bashful bulrush and the endangered red mulberry tree. Bird watchers will find 300 species here, most of which pass through when flying to warmer climes.

The gardens are divided into a number of areas with the largest being Hendrie Park, the largest cultivated gardens in RBG. Here you can see the Rose Garden with a variety of hardier, cold-weather Canadian roses, the Morrison Woodland Garden with a forest floor covered with trilliums, the official provincial flower, in the spring.

Dundurn Castle dates back to 1835 and is an authentic Regency-style manor house. There are forty rooms. At the main entrance are four huge pillars. This was the home of Sir Allan MacNab, the prime minister of Canada in 1854. Among the highlights here are the original décor and furnishings with history and anecdotes shared by costumed guides.

The grounds include a kitchen garden, still in use, and an old coach house which is now a shop. Free garden tours are available.

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is home to one of the largest historic military collections in Canada. Located at Hamilton’s international airport has displays of fully-restored and operable military aircraft. The highlight is Avro Lancaster, one of only two iconic WW II bombers still able to fly. Other iconic aircraft include a Hawker Hurricane and a Supermarine Spitfire. There is an annual air show. A gift shop and café are on the premises.

Located on the Niagara Escarpment are over 100 waterfalls. The most picturesque of these are within the Hamilton city limits. Abion Falls is the most popular and is also known as “lover’s leap.” It stands nearly 20 meters tall and is located on where the Red Hill Creek flows over the escarpment.

Other waterfalls can be reached along well-marked trails. The most popular route is the Great Falls Loop. This is a 3.5-kilometer route featuring great views of the surrounding countryside. Tews Falls stands 41 meters tall and is a ribbon waterfall in the Webster’s Falls Conservation Area in Dundas.

Bayfront Park is located at the west end of Hamilton Harbor. The park is a transformed former landfill site becoming one of the city’s most attractive green spaces.

HMCS Haida has been nicknamed the “fightingest ship” in Canada since it sank the most enemy tonnage during WW II. It is now a waterfront tourist attraction.  This historic destroyer is located at Pier 9. It has been designated a National Historic site. Informative guided tours are available. On special occasions, the ship’s deck guns are fired.

The Art Gallery of Hamilton was established in 1914. The gallery features more than 10,000 works of art. Its permanent collection has many works by Canadian artists as well as international contemporary artworks. The museum features regular visiting exhibits. Guided tours are available.

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame was established in 1963. It is located in the Tim Horton’s Field stadium which is home to the Hamilton Tiger Cats football team. Displays include the history of the sport in Canada, along with university and school football history. There are displays of uniforms and more than 250 metallic busts. The most iconic sculpture stands outside Gate 3 of the stadium. It is called Touchdown and is a life-sized sculpture of two players, one receiving the ball and the other tackling him.

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