Bay Street (Hamilton, Ontario)

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Pier 4 Park

Bay Street is a Lower City arterial road in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It starts at Inglewood Drive, just South of 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 to Strachan Street, where it is downgraded to a neighbourhood collector and eventually ends at a curb at Pier 4 Park at Burlington Street in the city's North End.

History[edit]

Bay Street, derives its name from its proximity to Hamilton Harbour, which was once Burlington Bay. In 1919, a federal Order-In-Council changed the name of Burlington Bay to Hamilton Harbour.[1]

The Bay Street Urban Renewal was completed in 2006. This project was made possible through investments by the Governments of Canada, Government of Ontario and the City of Hamilton.[2]

Jackson Square, is a mall and is part of Hamilton's "Super Block", which includes the Hamilton Public Library, Stelco Tower, Copps Coliseum, Sheraton Hamilton, the Hamilton Farmer's Market, the Standard Life Building and the former Eaton's Centre now known as the Hamilton City Centre. It is also known as an "indoor core connector" to the Convention Centre (Ellen Fairclough Building), Art Gallery of Hamilton and Hamilton Place Theatre across the street: all three downtown landmarks are connected to the mall by a skywalk that crosses over King to Jackson Square.

Copps Coliseum, is a sports and entertainment arena with a capacity of up to 19,000 (depending on event type and configuration) on the corner of Bay Street North and York Boulevard. It's named after the former Hamilton mayor, Victor K. Copps. Construction began in 1983 and was completed in 1985 at a cost of $33.5 million, and an addition $2.3 million for a parking garage. The construction was overseen by local Hamiltonian, Joseph Pigott.[3] In 1987, #99 Wayne Gretzky and #66 Mario Lemieux combined forces to capture the Canada Cup at Copps Coliseum as Team Canada defeated the Russians. Canada wins series 2 games to one. All three games ended in 6-to-5 scores.[4] In 1999, Detroit Rock City was filmed at the Copps Coliseum starring the Rock group Kiss. In 2004, Coliseum was used again to film Meg Ryan's Against the Ropes.

Herkimer Apartments, on the corner of Bay Street South and Herkimer Street, was the first Hamilton apartment installed with an elevator, which ran from the basement to the fifth floor. A New York-style structure was built of fireproof reinforced concrete dressed in rug brick with white, glazed terracotta trim. The building today looks much as it did when it opened in July 1915, minus a wooden pergola that once graced the roof.[5]

Festivals[edit]

Federal Building, looking North
Route 99 - Waterfront Shuttle (seasonal)

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.[6]

Waterfront Shuttle[edit]

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 Leander Boat Club, 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.[7]

Hamilton Waterfront Trolley[edit]

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." [8]


Major intersections[edit]

Bayfront Park

Note: Listing of streets from North to South.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Houghton, Margaret (2002). Hamilton Street Names: An Illustrated Guide. James Lorimer & Co. Ltd. ISBN 1-55028-773-7. 
  2. ^ "Making the Case for Culture: Urban Renewal & Revitalization (Canada Council for the Arts)". Archived from the original on 2007-07-16. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  3. ^ "Hamilton Spectator: "The Greatest Hamiltonian". (II)". Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  4. ^ "Tigertown Triumphs" (Press release). The Hamilton Spectator-Memory Project (Souvenir Edition) page MP56. 2006-06-10. 
  5. ^ McGuinness, Eric (2007-03-19). "Hamilton Essentials: "When walk-ups were the norm"". The Hamilton Spectator. 
  6. ^ "Great Lakes Expo7". Archived from the original on 20 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-13. 
  7. ^ "The Waterfront Shuttle- HSR". Retrieved 2007-06-05. 
  8. ^ "Hamilton Waterfront Trolley". Archived from the original on 9 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-05. 

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Coordinates: 43°16′06″N 79°52′09″W / 43.2682°N 79.8693°W / 43.2682; -79.8693