Those passing Hamilton from the Highway would recognize it for its industrial waterfront, but Hamilton will surprise new visitors. What the view from the highway hides are marinas, and waterfront and bluffside parks and shops, avenues of unique restaurants. The City is a nexus of major cycling and pedestrian trails, from the Niagara Escarpment and throughout the Dundas Valley, from the Bruce Trail to the Greenbelt Route and yes, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail. The past two decades have dramatically changed the waterfront, bringing with it new recreational uses, restored natural areas and cultural features.
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2019 marked the opening of the HamBur Loop, extending the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail from the waterfront to historic Ferguson Ave station, Albion Falls and the Red Hill Valley, forming a 50km loop connecting Hamilton and Burlington around the harbour. Much of the route on the Hamilton half of the HamBur Loop is off-road and family friendly, however there are on-road sections in Burlington and through central Hamilton and a set of stairs that must be navigated from the York Street bridge to the Desjardins Canal.