Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Bay Street is a Lower City arterial road in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It starts at Aberdeen Avenue, as a collector road with only two lanes, then eventually becomes a six lane thoroughfare at its peak. Bay Street also passes through Downtown Hamilton, where many high-rise buildings are found. Bay Street is a one-way street from Aberdeen Avenue to Cannon Street West. Bay Street continues as an arterial route and eventually ends at a curb at Pier 4 Park at Burlington Street in the city's North End.

Bay Street (Hamilton) History
The Great Lakes Expo7 is a 3-day annual springtime festival held at Bayfront Park and Pier 4 Park. Free admission for the whole family to enjoy. The purpose of the festival is to improve people's knowledge of how everyone can improve and protect the fresh water within the Great Lakes. Also included, an Adventure Zone, Enviro Zone, Kid's Zone, Full size Midway, Live Music, Food vendors, Arts & Crafts and more. In 2007 the festival was held the last weekend of May.

The Waterfront Shuttle is a free service offered by the Hamilton Street Railway. It has a seasonal schedule that runs weekends from May-to-October connecting Hamilton's downtown core to the waterfront and attractions that can be found there like HMCS Haida and the Parks Canada Discovery Centre. The route circles Hamilton's downtown core around York Boulevard (north), Bay Street South (west), King Street West (south) and James Street North (east). Then it travels north along James Street and the Art District until it reaches the waterfront at Guise Street past the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and the Harbour West Marina Complex. Then the route hangs a left on Discovery Drive, the site of the Parks Canada Discovery Centre. Also at this site is the Hamilton Harbour Queen (cruise boat), Hamiltonian (tour boat) and the Hamilton Waterfront Trolley.

Waterfront Shuttle
The Hamilton Waterfront Trolley is a narrated tour along the 12 kilometre Hamilton Waterfront Trail. The main stop and departure spot is at the Hamilton Waterfront SCOOPS Ice Cream parlour, which provides the famous Stoney Creek Dairy Ice Cream. There are a dozen stops along the way between Princess Point at the western-end of the route to the eastern-end, the site of HMCS Haida. Also near this eastern-end route is the site of the Hamiltonian Tour Boat, which is a 12-passenger tour boat that offers a leisurely guided tour of Hamilton harbour with the captain providing interesting stories and history of one of North America's most noteworthy harbours. In addition to this there is also the Hamilton Harbour Queen Cruises which is another ship that offers 3-hour tour of the harbour along with Lunch, Dinner or other special events like Dance parties. This Harbour Queen Cruise was also the 2005 winner of the Hamilton Tourism Awards for "best tourism idea."

Hamilton Waterfront Trolley
Note: Listing of Landmarks from North to South.

Hamilton Waterfront Trail
Entrance to Bayfront Park and Pier 4 Park
Entrance to Macassa Bay Yacht Club
Bayview Hotel
Simcoe Tot Lot
Central Park
Staybridge Suites by Holiday Inn
Federal Building
Copps Coliseum
Standard Life Building
Sheraton Hamilton (hotel), just East of Bay Street North on King Street West.
Lloyd D. Jackson Square (mall)
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
Hamilton City Hall
Bay 200, residential apartment building (Hamilton's 10th-tallest building)
Herkimer Apartments (first building in City w/ elevators, July 1915)
Durand Park (1-block east of Bay Street)
Bruce Trail
Niagara Escarpment (mountain) Landmarks
Note: Listing of neighbourhoods from North to South

North End - Everything north of the Canadian National Railway tracks
Central - The financial center of Hamilton, Ontario
Durand Communities
Note: Listing of streets from North to South.

Burlington Street West
Barton Street West
Cannon Street West - One way street (Westbound only)
York Boulevard - One way street (Eastbound Only)
King Street West - One way street (Westbound Only)
Main Street West - One way street (Eastbound Only)
Jackson Street West
Hunter Street West - One way street (Westbound Only)
Charlton Avenue West - One way street (Westbound Only)
Aberdeen Avenue