Howard Johnson Inn Hamilton Canada
175 Main Street West, (formerly Econo Lodge Hamilton), Hamilton, L8P 1J1, Canada
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Mountain bikers approaching
The Mill Falls and Lower Mill Falls in one shot
Natural and artificial beauty (model girl shoot)
A view of the escarpment below
Travel Tips for Hamilton
A visit to the beautiful town...
A visit to the beautiful town of Port Dover on the shores of Lake Erie is essential. Whilst there you must try some of the famous Port Dover perch. If you like fish, you will love this - I paid a second visit to Port Dover just to eat some more. This photo shows the shore of Lake Erie at Port Dover. Please view separate travelogue on Port Dover page.
Lower Cliffview Falls - tribulation and triumph
Barring the youngsters, the adults in the group were panting like dogs after ascending the 289 steps of the metal stairs that we had descended earlier in search of the Cliffview Falls. Yes we made it, but only to the less impressive Lower Cliffview Falls and that too after taking time to catch our breaths every now and then. We attributed our poor performance to our depleted energy due to exploring three falls earlier in extreme heat and humidity.
The falls itself turned out to be disappointing with no access due to a fence probably erected by Chadoke Golf Course. Besides, there was some small kind of construction going on. It was the stairs, the thunderstorm that caught us when we ascended to hike on Chadoke Radial Trail, the Bruce Trail, and finally, a little picnic at the Cliffview Park featuring Chai (Tea) that turned our disappointment into an excellent adventure finale. Perhaps a better view of the Falls can be had from the Bruce Trail that traverses the cliff at about halfway mark. This could be an adventure for another day.
Cliffview Falls is a Talus Classic Cascade measuring 4 metres (13 feet) in height and 3 metres (10 feet) in width. Other nearby attractions include Bruce Trail, convenience store, motel, Dundas Valley Conservation Area, Iroquoia Heights Conservation Area, Chedoke Radial Trail, and Chedoke Golf Course
From Smokey Hollow Falls, we drove back to Highway 5 West (Dundas Street), took Highway 6 south down the escarpment to Highway 403 West (Brantford). From Hwy 403 we took the Aberdeen Ave. exit and then turned right onto Queen St. S. We followed Queen St. S. up the Escarpment, where it turned into Beckett Dr. and then Garth St. We turned right onto Denlow Dr. and followed this road until it became Scenic Drive. Just past Upper Paradise Road, we parked at Cliffview Park. The waterfall was located at the mouth of the gorge on the west side of the park behind the fence.
Canadian Football Hall of Fame
Who loves Canadian Football? I do! I do! If you follow the CFL at all this is a great reason to stop in Hamilton. It doesn't only include the CFL though. There is Junior football in Canada included as well. It won't take long to go through but it's still worth a look.
Since 1963, the Hall of Fame has collected equipment and artifacts which have accumulated into a collection that contains over 30,000 different football related items from the early 1900's to the present. Today the Canadian Football Hall of Fame offers the busts of colour slides of retired players, television tapes of memorable plays, push button computers with Canadian football trivia, photographs of each Grey Cup game since 1909, instructional diagrams of football plays, displays of new and old equipment, and a 100 seat theatre where previous Grey Cups movies are shown.
There are two real highlights of the museum. One is the room that has all the busts of the players and builders inducted into the hall. The second, is the Grey Cup. In 1909, the Grey Cup was donated by the then Governor General of Canada, Lord Earl Grey, to recognize the top amateur rugby football team in Canada. Over time, the Grey Cup became the property of the Canadian Football League (CFL).
Admission to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame is $3. It is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30am - 6:30pm.
Awed at the Tew's Falls
Reaching Tew's Falls entails hiking 5 kms on a fairly trying trail. However, the hike was merited, because we were able to see many wild flowers on the way to the Falls. Once we reached the Falls, we got awestuck at the depth of it and us being lonely in the dense forest on the ridge.
Height of the Falls is 41 metres, which is only few meters short of Niagara Falls. The width of the Falls is 9 metres.
Located on the shores of Lake Ontario in Hamilton, Confederation Park is 83 hectres of fun and excitement. Activities at Confederation Park include Waterworks, Go-Karting, Camping, Adventure Village and Baranga's on the Beach. It is a large park with lots of activities, especially if you bring kids along.
You could also take a scenic stroll, bike ride or skate along the 3.5-kilometre lakeshore promenade. Picturesque views of the shoreline and plenty of park space make this a perfect spot for any outing. Picnicing is very popular here!
Wild waterworks is opened from the first Sunday in June to Labour Day (September first Monday). Try the Night Rider and Blue Demon tube slides. The Demon Slides are six stories high, with many sharp twists and turns. Go solo or with a friend as you slide 5.5-storeys down to the Eazy River. Wild waterworks is also home to Canada's largest wave pool, with over one million gallons of heated water splashing down every second. Young kids will love Little Squirt Works, a fun wading pool with sprays, mists and fountains.
Hours of Operation for Waterworks:
Weekends: June 5 - 29: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Weekdays: June 5 - 29: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June 26 until August 22: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
August 23 until Sept. 6: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Adventure Park is a family oriented amusement park with mini golf, batting cages, krazy kars (bumper cars), rock climbing, gemstone mining & an arcade.
Baranga's on the beach is Lake Ontario's most popular dining attraction, mostly aiming for the adult clientele. It has region's largest outdoor patio & comfortable seating indoors. With its many events hosted like Freedom Fridays & Latino Thursdays, like is the perfect place to end the day. ^_^
Baranga's is open from the first day of spring to Dec. 31.
The GO-kart track offers single and double passenger karts, to please both the experienced drivers & those underage.
Go-karts are Open: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. from May 15 - Sept. 15. In April & October, it is opened on weekends from 12 noon to dusk.
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Howard Johnson Inn Hamilton Canada
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Arrival Hotel Hamilton
Address: 175 Main Street West, (formerly Econo Lodge Hamilton), Hamilton, L8P 1J1, Canada