Went to school in Hamilton for...
Went to school in Hamilton for 4 long years. If you can avoid this city I would. It is old and very gloomy. The large industries pollute the air so much there is a haze and a smell of sulfur there constantly. Not much to see as in landmarks and stuff. Don't waste your time here.
Copp's Coliseum is one of the GTA's favourite entertainment venues, serving as the stage for many internationally renowned artists and performers, including David Copperfield, Elton John, George Carlin, Hilary Duff, Aerosmith, Rod Stewart & the list keeps going on. Usually once entertainers are finished performing at Toronto, they will come right away to Hamilton to perform, then continue their tours. Copp's Coliseum has also hosted the WWF championships, Monster Trucks & Disney on Ice.
Copp's Coliseum is also known as an excellent venue for sports, for it has hosted the Canadian Figure Skating Championship, NHL Hockey, The World Curling Championship, the World Junior Hockey Championship & World Judo Championship. It is currently home to the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. No NHL team has been established here yet, for there is a fear that it could detract fans from the Buffalo Sabres & Toronto Maple Leafs. Both are only about an hour away! The most memorable sports event at Copps Coliseum is Mario Lemieux's Cup-clincher against the Russians in the 1987 Canada Cup. If you have a chance to visit the building, you will find that it is a high standard hockey rink compared to many other cities.
The building is easily accessible & parking is easier than at Toronto. Copp's Coliseum's acoustics is absolutely wonderful, so watching concerts here is perfect!
The facility is located in downtown Hamilton, right beside The Ronald V. Joyce Centre for the performing arts, the Hamilton Convention Centre & Hamilton Place Theatre.
Copp's Coliseum has a total of 117,000 square feet of exhibition space & can handle a full size show for 19,000 people.
Failed brutal hike to explore Lower Chedoke Falls
We hiked on Radial Recreational Trail eastwards of the Chedoke Golf Course parking lot this time to find Lower Chedoke Falls.
When we found the west end of the ravine, we decided to leave that Radial Recreational Trail and hiked upwards following Bruce Trail markers. However, the crest of the trail was too far away from the waterfalls the sound of which we were hearing. Also, the foliage was thick with no views. So we went to the eastern end of the ravine and hiked up. The slope on the ravine and then the gorge was so sharp and slippery that we nearly avoided falling deep in the gorge. Besides, the foliage was so thick that there was hardly any sunshine reaching the forest floor (pictures 2 and 3). This hike was brutal and dangerous. I would not recommend anyone, except daredevils, to take it. And daredevils is exactly whom we met there - mountain bikers. They were trying to find a way to get down to the bottom of the gorge, but then they gave up too.
More disappointment was in order. The fall was not the Lower Chedoke Falls that we were trying to locate, but some other falls that appeared to have degraded itself into a small cascade due lack of water in the creek (pictures 1 and 4).
The mountain bikers bid us goodbye and said lets meet up at Webster Falls, which we declined, because we had already covered it.
Royal Botanical Gardens II
Laking Garden - The iris collection is simply my favourite, for in June & July, the Iris blooms & the whole garden is filled with an airy feeling. There are over 600 varieties of iris, including some that have won awards. The oramental grasses garden will most certainly enlighten you with new garden ideas, for these low maintenance & high yield plants will add an unique flair to your garden. The Barbara Laking Memorial Heritage Garden is a historic garden that features plants that were commonly grown in the early 20th century and historic tools that gardeners used. It is dedicated to Barbara Tarver Laking (1915-1986), of England, who dedicated a large par of her life to beautifying RBG.
Arboretum - Featured are the Katie Osborne Lilac Garden, the magnolia collection, the maze, the weeping tree collection, the avenue of trees and Canada's native plants. The Lilac Gardens is home to the largest lilac collection in the world. It also is the home of the International Registration Authority for new lilac cultivars, and a site for their display and evaluation. The lilac garden was made possible by a generous memorial donation by the family of Hamilton lilac enthusiast Katie Osborne. The maze is designed with white cedars, forming four concentric circles with a variety of colours and textures. Like all mazes, it is a lot of fun!
Cootes Paradise - Located at the West End of Hamilton harbour, this 840 hectre wildlife sanctuary contains a 250 ha wetland filled with wild animals and interesting flora. Spencer Creek, Borer’s Creek and Chedoke Creek, Westdale Creek, Long Valley Brook, Hickory Brook and Highland Creek all drain into the marsh & into Lake Ontario. This sanctuary a vital link to other conservation areas in the region including Spencer Gorge, Iroquois Heights and Borer’s Fall’s/Rock Chapel—part of the Bruce Trail and the Niagara Escarpment UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. It is one of Ontario's most important waterfowl staging habitats & the largest nursery habitat for fish in the region.
The view from behind the Waterfall
Once you reach the other side of the creek, which is no easy task, you can then quite easily and safely walk along a flat rocky ledge underneath the escarpment and behind the falling water. You are at least 2m behind the waterfall, so you will remain dry and it is quite safe to bring your camera, as I did to capture this shot.
The whole experience was alot of fun. Usually one can only view a waterfall from a distance but this was a completely interactive experience which I enjoyed thouroughly!