The Waterfront Trail Hamilton Harbour

Tuesday November 22 2011

Boating Hamilton

Each Day this and last Summer I travelled the trail from end to end with wonderful images. Enjoy what Mother Nature has too offer

Site coordinator

Doug Worrall

Hamilton Harbour

The Waterfront Trail runs along the sandy dunes beside the lake. The trail is a wide 2 car lane paved path and must be the best and longest roller blade section I’ve seen so far. Its ironic that a major industrial and shipping center of Canada, has the longest lakeside trail of all running the full length of the city. Thank you Hamilton!

Hamilton Harbour June 16

There are 2 public washrooms along the path for rest stops and water refills. At it’s North Burlington section, the trail begins on the lake side of the Lift bridge. Head up the path from the pier where the paved trail begins

Wildflowers harbourfront trail

Wildflowers june 2011

Heading south towards Stony Creek the path crosses several sandy beaches. You’ll notice that the nature along this section is unique mixture of beach grass, sedges, birds and some flowers that managed to escape their owners. The houses along this section are also a unique blend of cottage and home. This area was the Sunnyside of Hamilton where, like Sunnyside beach in Toronto, the area was an entertainment mecca in days gone by.

Towards the southern end of the path, you’ll pass the entrance sign to the waterworks. If you stop here and look over the QEW, you’ll see the smoke stack of the Hamilton Steam Museum. Continue on and you’ll pass the waterworks park. Here you are, near the end of the trail. when you’re past the waterworks, look back and enjoy the view of the trail from Burlington, the lift bridge, the beaches and the Niagara Escarpment in the background

Sunrise Yacht club

The Escarp

Webster Falls "The Escarpment"

ment  was formed 450 million years ago from the calcium bodies of sea creatures deposited, compressed and compacted over a period of 25 million years into a hardened rock (called Dolostone). This ledge of hard rock traces a large circle around an ancient sea bed centered under the state of Michigan. A vast inland sea existed in what is called the Michigan Basin, a depression and buckling of the shield.

The hard rock at the top of the Escarpment erodes much more slowly than the shale below it, and water speeds the whole process as you can see how far the Niagara falls are inland from the rest of the Escarpment.

Dundas Conservation area

Doug Worrall Photographer

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4 responses to “The Waterfront Trail Hamilton Harbour

  1. Always a fan of sail boats, harbours, and sunsets – they never get old. You can rollerblade along the trail? Sooo cool! Can it get any better? Great shot of the Webster Fall – looks like a movie set. Thanks for the tour!

    • Water falls..is it odd they are named that? People are always falling down them. Saw once such great tumble in Estes Park, CO a young couple was on the boulders of a debris field amid torrents and splashing water. He kept trying to frame the “perfect” shot of his lovely girl friend…only to back himself into a slippery spot at which point he slid. Lucky it was shallow and not very rapid flowing. He jumped out quick enough as it was frigid water. She tried to warn him. Guess it was one of those better is the enemy of good incidents. Anyway, geology fascinates me and that shot is excellent. Thanks for your efforts with that one