Saturday, June 29, 2013

Hamilton Beach : the other side

I have posted a couple of times about the Burlington beach walk I do frequently with a walking friend. This time we are are crossing the great divide, the water way that separates our two fair cities.

Both Burlington and Hamilton beach areas have histories going back to the 19th century when the real city folk of Toronto wanted to get away to the countryside. They would drive or take boats to Burlington and spend a holiday at the beach. I have no idea how long it must have taken them at this time along dirt roads, but consider that a drive on our multi-lane highways from Toronto to Burlington takes an hour today. Many built cottages and many of these cottages remain today. Most have been updated or renovated and some just pulled down and started over.

Shall we take that walk?

Naturally, a walk starts off in the parking lot. You may remember the lift bridge in the background from previous posts. Today we are on the other side of it walking south instead of north.

A first view of Burlington

You will of course remember the hydro lines along the beach. Perhaps if we look at them often enough we will eventually not notice them at all.

A first view of Hamilton

Let's go to the beach.

Yours truly

There is a lot of flowering life at the beach. Most of it I do not recognize. I definitely need to buy some guide book to the flora of beach lands. Maybe you will recognize something.

Let's move along a little further. You will see that homes show off their backsides and gardens along the beach area.

Someone had their thinking caps on right when they built this

Lobster traps? No lobsters in Lake Ontario

New signage as part of the revitalization of the beach strip

Perhaps it's time to sit and check out the view?

One of many viewing areas

Now we can see Grimbsy, south of Hamilton, not too far from Niagara Falls

Dip those toes in, the water is fine.
Pollution has always been a problem for our area as tankers and smaller boat craft use the lake for transportation of goods. When I first moved here 25 years ago you could not swim in the lake. Today the water is much cleaner and there are more swim days than not.

I don't think this boat gets out as much as it would like.

Bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, strollers, all are seen along the path

New development

My favorite part of the walk is at the turn around point. Oh, you can keep going for many more kilometers or miles, but this is where I turn to head back. It is also one of the few shady spots along the way and a good place to refresh yourself for the return trip.

One of the most important elements of the beach revitalization is this:

A last few photos to take us home

Home sweet home.
Thanks for joining me!


  1. Beautiful views! I envy you such a great rest on the seaside :)

    1. Hi Dewberry, it is nice to come down for walks by the water - it helps clear the mind sometimes.

  2. It must be nice to live so close to the beach.

    1. Yes it is Denise. However you must know how it is that sometimes you don't take advantage of the things around you. I never used to come to the beach and now all of a sudden I go for a walk there regularly.

  3. My brother-in-law has or had a cottage there, but I never visited. It really is a pretty beach and I like the dunes too. The photo with the water, sand and beach pebbles really makes the mood of the beach. It really is a pretty image, the water sparkles.

    1. Thanks Donna, that photo could almost be of any beach, anywhere!