The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

Haven’t packed up and left Dodge? Cel­e­brate our unof­fi­cial first week­end of sum­mer right here at home. From a turn around the roller rink, free tours of the Haida and lo­cal fire­works, you’ll find lots to keep you busy this Vic­to­ria Day week­end.

HMCS Haida

The HMCS Haida Na­tional His­toric Site at Pier 9 is now open for the sea­son. It’s the last ex­am­ple of tribal class de­stroy­ers built for the Royal Cana­dian Navy, the Royal Navy and the Royal Aus­tralian Navy be­tween 1937 and 1945. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thurs­day to Sun­day, un­til June 30. Ad­mis­sion is free this sum­mer in cel­e­bra­tion of Canada’s 150th birth­day. For in­for­ma­tion, see hm­c­shaida.com

Out­door roller rink

It’s open­ing week­end for roller skat­ing at Hamil­ton’s Wa­ter­front Out­door Rink. Skate rentals are avail­able on Wed­nes­day, Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day un­til June 30. Sun­down Satur­day runs Satur­day from 7 to 11 p.m. at 47 Dis­cov­ery Dr. Skate rentals cost $6.50, which in­cludes a hel­met and safety equip­ment.

Wa­ter­front wheels

The bike rental con­ces­sion be­hind Williams Fresh Café is open on the wa­ter­front Satur­day and Sun­day from noon to dusk. Hourly rates ap­ply to chil­dren and youth bikes, adult bikes and trikes, adult fat-boy cruis­ers, tandems, sur­reys with one bench or with two benches. Hel­mets and bas­kets are free. hamil­ton­wa­ter­front.com

Wa­ter­front trol­ley

Two 37-pas­sen­ger track­less trol­leys al­low both young and old the chance to travel along the Hamil­ton Wa­ter­front Trail start­ing Satur­day. The trol­ley route is short­ened due to the trail clo­sures from wa­ter dam­age this sea­son and will turn at Bayfront Park. The con­duc­tor pro­vides a nar­rated com­men­tary. The trol­ley leaves from 47 Dis­cov­ery Dr. ev­ery hour and one-half be­gin­ning at 10:30 a.m. and the last at 7:30 p.m. Adult tick­ets are $6. Se­niors and chil­dren four to 12 pay $4. Chil­dren three and un­der ride for free. Pay the con­duc­tor in cash.


Tour the har­bour from the wa­ter with a ride on the 12-pas­sen­ger Hamil­to­nian Tour Boat. No reser­va­tions are re­quired and the sea­son opens Satur­day. Tick­ets are $16 adults and can be pur­chased at the Hamil­ton Har­bour Tours ticket of­fice lo­cated in­side Wa­ter­front Scoops. Week­ends only in May and June.


Vic­to­ria Day fire­works are Sun­day at Dun­das Driv­ing Park on Cross Street. Do­na­tions are ap­pre­ci­ated. Mu­sic and food trucks start at 6 p.m. and fire­works be­gin at 9:30 p.m. Limited on-site park­ing and free at any Dun­das mu­nic­i­pal park­ing lots. https://www.hamil­ton.ca/En­joy the free fire­works dis­play over Ni­a­gara Falls on Sun­day and Mon­day. The evening be­gins with a free con­cert at 8 p.m. with fire­works to fol­low at 10 p.m. Park­ing is avail­able at the Falls Park­ing Lot, di­rectly across from Ta­ble Rock Wel­come Cen­tre.

Vic­to­rian Canada

Ex­plore West­field Her­itage Village and dis­cover what life was like in Vic­to­rian Canada. Mon­day only, en­joy the mu­sic of the Della Sera Strings orches­tra at 2 p.m. (Seat­ing is limited.) Tick­ets are $11; for se­niors and stu­dents, $10; for chil­dren and six to 17, $6.50. West­field Her­itage Village is at 1049 Kirk­wall Rd. off High­way 8 in Rock­ton. 519-621-8851.

Valens camp­ing

Shake out the sleep­ing bags and set your sights on Valens Con­ser­va­tion Area in Flam­bor­ough this week­end. Call and re­serve a spot at 905-525-2183.

What’s open, what’s closed

Most re­tail­ers — in­clud­ing banks, gro­cery, beer and liquor stores — will be closed Mon­day for the Vic­to­ria Day hol­i­day. All Hamil­ton and Burling­ton mu­nic­i­pal of­fices, civic mu­se­ums and li­braries are also closed. In Hamil­ton and Hal­ton, garbage col­lec­tion moves to the next pickup day all week. Check your waste col­lec­tion cal­en­dar. The HSR and Burling­ton Tran­sit will op­er­ate on a Sun­day/hol­i­day sched­ule. Call HSR in­for­ma­tion at 905-527-4441 for de­tails. GO Tran­sit will also run on a hol­i­day sched­ule. For GO in­for­ma­tion, call 1-888-438-6646. The Cana­dian War­plane Her­itage Mu­seum is open.

Compiled by Jen­nifer Moore, The Hamil­ton Spec­ta­tor


The HMCS Haida on its first day of op­er­a­tion this sea­son. The tribal class war­ship, which is a Parks Canada site, is free to visit this year. The ship is now open from Thurs­day through Sun­day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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