Peter, As a waterfall lover, that would be my advice to you. Visit our beautiful waterfalls. There are two beautiful falls in Ancaster, which is just up the escarpment: Sherman Falls and Tiffany Falls. They are short but beautiful hikes from the road . You could then take a stroll in the historic Ancaster town centre, and dine at one of the pubs or restaurants there. Most places have vegetarian selections.
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There are also falls on the east escarpment (Ancaster is west) namely Websters and Punchbowl, but the Ancaster ones offer the beautiful hike into them (not more than 10 minutes),
Those waterfalls are best in Spring. Still a nice outing.
Also in Hamilton is Cootes Paradise (part of RBG) which is a 1,500 acre wildlife sanctuary, half of which is a wetland/marsh. It is considered one of the most important bird staging habitats on the great lakes. There are over 18 miles worth of trails. It's one of my favourite parts of the RBG.
While strolling, enjoy the newly refurbished observation platforms of Hendrie Valley and the Cootes Paradise north shore trails. This includes 4 observation platforms retrofitted with new interpretive signs, railings and benches providing ideal destinations and views of these spectacular areas, the South Pasture Swamp, Spencer Creek and Hopkins Special Protection Areas.
Many northern birds have begun their southern migrations, with waterfowl and shorebirds are now appearing around the rivermouth deltas with concentrations at the mouth Grindstone and Spencer Creek. Trails with observation points are accessed through either the Cootes Paradise north shore trails or Hendrie Valley. Herons of all kinds are also appearing to feast on this year’s bountiful supply of young fish – a result of the very high water levels this past spring. Canoe launches can be found at Princess Point and Valley Inn. The Valley Inn launch is currently inaccessible due to reconstruction of the adjacent Spring Garden Road Bridge. More information on these projects are available through the City of Burlington.
We want to save Toronto for a longer stay, this is just a stopover that we wanted to be fairly low-key.
You've picked the right spot. Hamilton is far superior to Toronto ;)
As to historic sites I'd recommend Dundurn Castle. There are 40 rooms over 3 floors at this magnifecent structure that was completed in 1835.
Also posted on the link below is a website with all of Hamiliton's historic sites. They can be found in the column on the left hand side of the page. Have fun.
The best vegetarian restaurant I can recommend is "WASS Ethiopian Restaurant" located at 207 James Street South. It's very good and worth checking out.
Lol! ;) Elaine!
RBG..........Royal Botanical Gardens and Bird Sanctuary for part of the day would be my choice.............
I second the Dundurn castle idea and the waterfalls around Ancaster. Westfield Heritage Village is cute too, but only open certain days so check out their website and see if anything interesting is going on when you're in town. If you're coming soon, visiting an apple orchard is always fun. Carluke and Myers are near Ancaster and are both nice.
Will you have children with you? There are things they might enjoy too.