Bayfront Park is the central hub of the park lands around the western edge of Lake Ontario, Canada. It is 40 acres of greenspace dedicated to fish, fowl, and plant habitat as well as park facilities for everyone to enjoy walking, skate boarding, bicycling, and roller blading. There is also a boat launch for sail and motor boats alike and canoes. This is about a 45 minute drive from Toronto along the QEW highway and makes a wonderful day getaway!
Bayfront Park has free parking, and free washroom facilities. There is also a free boat launch, so easy to launch small motor craft, canoes, and kayaks here. The yacht club is next door for sailors. However, there is no restaurant at water level. Hutch's is a restaurant at the top of the brow overlooking the parklands if you're looking for lunch!
Bayfront Park is part of the Hamilton Waterfront Trail which is 12.0 km in length. This is paved walkway so a great place to enjoy nature whether walking or biking, etc. Going up the SW walkway, you will find a connection to Cootes Paradise, a wetlands for fish and waterfowl.
Overlooking Burlington Bay is Dundurn Castle though it is hidden on the brow behind vegetation.
From Bayfront Park entrance, you will find a wonderful walkway that takes you in a circle around the part jutting out into the bay. It makes for a perfect 25 minute walk to get moving with beautiful scenery to keep you motivated.
If you're lucky, you can sometimes catch photos of the local swans that often have families here in the spring. This is quite a large family with six cygnets! I've also seen baby bunnies early in the morning in April. There are always geese, and ducks roaming around the park too.
Swan Family 2015
If you just want to take a look a look at the park and harbour, a trolley train runs the length of the park. This train holds 37 passengers and costs $5.00 Adults, and $3.00 Children (4-12), and children under 4 are free.
To the N, NE side of the park, you will find the Macassa Bay Yacht Club, and the MacDonald Marine Service for serious boaters. In the summer there are also many sculling regatta races to watch.
Bayfront Park Regatta
I try to get in a walk several times a week during spring/summer/fall when the weather is good and really love to catch photos of local wildlife along the way. If you live around the west side of Lake Ontario, Bayfront Park is a wonderful day trip.