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Old August 29th, 2010, 08:42 PM   #1
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City of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

I went on a day trip to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on August 26, it was a perfect day to do it, no humidity and comfortable temperatures. It is my first tour of a Canadian city in over two years. I toured through Dundas, the Hamilton Mountain and Escarpment, downtown, and visited the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Hamilton, Ontario is a blue-collar city of over 500,000 located in the middle of the Golden Horseshoe area of Ontario. It's economy was mainly in the steel-making business and still exists today, however its economy is becoming diversified with environmental and medical research at McMaster University, one of Canada's top universities.

Without further ado, here's my tour of "The Pittsburgh of Canada"...

Started out in downtown Dundas, one of the nicest towns in Ontario, IMO...

Dundas Town Hall, built in 1849.

Dundas Post Office

Recently built condo buildings for old folks near downtown Dundas

Next, headed off to Spencer Gorge for spectacular escarpment shots and to see the Tew's Falls and Webster's Falls, making Hamilton the waterfall capital of Canada!

Webster's Falls

Historic Whitehern Mansion, downtown Hamilton, built circa 1850.

City Hall

The World-Renowned Hamilton Place Theatre, built in the 1970s as was part of a Super-Block that included the Convention Centre, the Sheraton Hamilton hotel, Ellen Fairclough Building, Hamilton Public Library, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Jackson Square, Hamilton City Centre, and Copps Coliseum.

Jackson Square and the Stelco Tower, the city's tallest office tower, built in 1973.

Art Gallery of Hamilton, one of Canada's finest art museums, recently completed a facelift

Copps Coliseum, built in 1985, intended to be the home of an expansion NHL franchise which was never awarded to the city, however, could become the home of a relocated NHL franchise some day. Capacity is 17,500 and has held many high-profile concerts including Britney Spears, U2, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and more. It is also home to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL, who won the Calder Cup in 2007.

It is very similar in style to the Wachovia Spectrum in Philadelphia, except the places where you can see the bottoms of the steps of the rows of seats are covered by glass.

Commerce Place, built in 1990, on the former site of the Bank of Hamilton

The Pigott Building, the city's oldest highrise, built in 1929

McMaster University's downtown campus, located in the former Wentworth County Courthouse. Note the plaque on the left, George Hamilton, a prosperous merchant in the early 1800s, was whom this city is named after.

Queen Victoria Statue in Gage Park, downtown

The spectacular fountain in Gage Park

John Sopinka Courthouse, formerly the Dominion Public Building

Looking up at Landmark Place, at 44 stories high, is the tallest building in Hamilton, built in 1974

Architecture and buildings in downtown's International Village

The vacant Royal Connaught Hotel, formerly a Howard Johnson hotel, was involved in a major project with developer Harry Stinson for an 80-100 storey condo tower in Hamilton, which never materialized...

Commerce Place and Stelco Tower with Gage Park and fountain in the foreground...

Former Bank of Montreal building...

St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, completed in 1857

James Street Baptist Church

Canadian Football Hall of Fame

Michael "Pinball" Clemons

Doug Flutie, voted the best player in the CFL history by TSN recently

Ron Lancaster, famed coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Lionel Conacher, an all-around Canadian athlete, only one who is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Hockey Hall of Fame

Warren Moon, one of only two members of both Canadian and Pro Football Hall of Fame, played for the Edmonton Eskimos, winning the Grey Cup 5 out of the 6 years he was there, then played for the Houston Oilers. The other member is Bud Grant, coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers winning four Grey Cups and Minnesota Vikings, leading them to three Super Bowl berths, no championships.

Albert Grey, who donated the Grey Cup to the CFL...

Nice stained glass mural...

TSN's top 50 CFL players showcase

University Football Memorabilia

On the right there is an old Hamilton Tigers shirt when the Ti-Cats were known as the Tigers...

The Grey Cup

Hess Village, the city's nightlife dining and entertainment area...

Then it was off to Sam Lawrence Park for skyline shots...

Downtown Hamilton

Hamilton's East End

The Steel Mills and Hamilton-Burlington skyway with Lake Ontario in the background

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Old August 30th, 2010, 12:29 PM   #2
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Amazing, very nice cityscapes view from Hamilton
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Die Bilder sind ganz tolle!!! Danke!
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Old September 1st, 2010, 06:44 AM   #4
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nicely designed heritage buildings.
Hamilton is a charming city.
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Old September 1st, 2010, 06:57 PM   #5
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Great phototour of The Hammer!! Thanks, Jaybird!
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Thanks for sharing the photos! My unbiased opinion from these photos is that it appears that Hamilton looks a lot cleaner and tidy.
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 05:44 PM   #7
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Great shots, never even knew Hamilton was that beautiful. How far are those waterfalls from the downtown?
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