Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail
Friday November 26 2011
A 350 kilometre trail along the shores of Lake Ontario, presently extending from Stoney Creek to Quinte West. Part of it runs through the City of Hamilton from Stoney Creek alongside Lake Ontario to Burlington. The Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail links to the Red Hill Valley Trail at Centennial Parkway. The trail passes through Van Wagers Beach, Confederation Park, Windermere Basin, and the Beach Strip, to the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge, and then through Bayfront and Pier 4 Parks to the Desjardins Canal.
The surface is asphalt with small sections of gravel (by Millen Avenue), and is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
Millen Avenue and Green Road
Frances Avenue and Confederation Park.
Also along residential areas (i.e. Lakegate Drive, Lawrence P. Sayers Park)
Van Wagner’s Beach
Bayfront and Pier 4 Parks
Van Wagner’s Beach beside Lakeland Pool
Confederation Park (limited hours)
Distance in Hamilton
Millen Avenue to Confederation Park 2km
Confederation Park to Canal Lift Bridge 10.5km
Bayfront Park to Desjardins Canal 3.4km
Bayfront Park, one of Hamilton’s waterfront parks, is located at the foot of Harbourfront Drive east of Bay Street North (by Simcoe Street West). The park boasts a number of features including a multi-use asphalt pathway 1.482 kilometres in length by 6-metres wide. The path – popular for roller blading, cycling, walking, and jogging – connects with the nearby Pier 4 Park by the Macassa Bay walkway, and the new Hamilton Harbour Waterfront Trail. Users enjoy views of the surrounding harbour area and access to the water’s edge, naturalized areas of wildflowers, shrubs and trees, a free public boat launch, numerous benches and picnic tables, a natural grass amphitheatre, a parking lot and public washrooms. An expansive lawn area makes this park ideal for special events. Please use the trail responsibly and with caution. Cyclists and in-line skaters must yield to pedestrians and give audible warning when passing.
Accessibility: trail, ramp at boat launch, public washrooms across gravel parking lot (limited hours), drop-off area at plaza, drinking fountain.
Officially opened on August 20, 1993, Bayfront Park is the result of a remediation of formerly vacant lands, approximately 25 acres of which were landfill, and obtained by the City in 1985.
Until 1995, this site was known as Harbourfront Park, a name coined by staff during the conceptual and development stages. The Steering Committee of the West Harbourfront Development Study decided to link the naming of the park with the public input process being implemented as part of the study. A “name the park” contest held by the City and the Hamilton Spectator garnered over 900 entries; a 5-member panel reviewed the names and selected “Bayfront Park.” Council approved the renaming of the site on August 29, 1995.