You don’t have to go far to have fun this summer. With great parks, exciting festivals, hiking trails and more, there’s so much to see and do right here in Hamilton.
Beginning on June 5, the Gore Park Summer Promenade will continue throughout the summer every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. This outdoor artisan, craft and food festival will also feature live entertainment from 12 - 2p.m. For more information, call 905-523-1646.
Royal Botanical Gardens has a fabulous line-up of fun events for the whole family planned for 2013. Their Garden Music Nights series kicks off on June 12 with Red Hot Jazz and Cool Blues. Taking place every Wednesday from 6- 8:30 p.m., guests can enjoy live music in a spectacular setting at Hendrie Gardens. Refreshments will also be available. For more details about this and other events taking place at RBG this summer, visit www.rbg.ca/events.
If you’re in the mood for a little exercise, there are plenty of beautiful trails close by that are ideal for hiking and exploring some of the area’s finest waterfalls. Bring the camera and make it a photo expedition for the whole family as you capture the unique beauty of the “City of Waterfalls.” Webster’s Falls are one the area’s largest at over 70 ft. high and almost 100 ft. wide. Located on the Spencer Gorge, there are picnic tables at Webster’s Falls, so bring a packed lunch and make a day of it! For a complete list of Hamilton’s waterfalls, including directions, visit www.waterfalls.hamilton.ca.
Hamilton’s waterfront has undergone many exciting changes over the past few years. The Bayfront Park trail offers 1.4 km of paved pathway along Lake Ontario and connects Pier 4 Park with the Hamilton Harbour Waterfront Trail. The trail is popular with cyclists, runners and in-line skaters and offers access to Williams Coffee House and the Waterfront Grill. After lunch, hop on the Hamilton Waterfront Trolley for a leisurely ride along the Waterfront Trail. To help the kids cool off on those hot summer days, the spray pad at Pier 4 Park will open on June 2 daily from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Hamilton is also host to a number of festivals during the summer months. Coming this month, the Dundas International Buskerfest will take place June 7-9 and It’s Your Festival will take place June 29-July 1 at Gage Park. Visit www.tourismhamilton.com for more information.