Hamilton is often associated with its steel production and gritty streets, but there is more to the city. The Hamilton waterfront area includes marinas, trails and parks that offer views of both green spaces (trees along the Willow Cove area near Dundurn Castle) with the industrial steel mills as a backdrop.
During the summer period, this area – part of the Hamilton Waterfront Trail – is packed with people. You can see several sailboats on the water, families strolling around the park and people stopping by the local coffee shop for a bite to eat and cup of coffee or an ice cream as Scoops. The trail takes you along several piers, connecting with other parks along the shoreline.
A beautiful sculpture of a person holding a sail down dominates the scene, drawing the eye – it’s Rafaga-Unleashed by artists Edwin and Veronica Dam De Nogales.
For photographers, this spot is ideal in the summertime for sailboat photography. Many can be found during this period – some of which are extremely fast if there’s a good wind. Blink and they will be gone.
Photo taken: October 9, 2010.