MacNab Street (Hamilton, Ontario)

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Whitehern Museum

MacNab Street is a Lower City collector road in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It starts in the Durand neighbourhood on Markland Street, as a one-way street going north to Bold Street, where it becomes two-way for one block until Hurst Place where it's cut off by a wall for the Hunter Street railway bridge. Pedestrians may cross Hunter Street at an underpass. MacNab Street starts again north of the Railway line on Hunter Street as a two-way street but is cut off again at King Street where the Lloyd D. Jackson Square Mall is situated at Stelco Tower. MacNab Street continues north of this Mall on York Boulevard, in front of the Hamilton Public Library & the old entrance to the Hamilton Farmer's Market, again as a two-way street right through to Cannon Street. It continues as a one-way street into the city's North End to the waterfront where it ends at Guise Street West, the site of the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club and Pier 5.



MacNab Street was named after Allan MacNab, (1798–1862), Sir Allan Napier MacNab soldier, lawyer, businessman, knight and former Prime Minister of Upper Canada.[1][2] MacNab Street South between King Street and Hunter Street West is also named Franz Liszt Avenue, named after the Hungarian composer/ conductor/ pianist.

In 1838, St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church on Park Street (1-block West of MacNab) was built.[3] Recently given a complete paint job on the outside and additions added in the South-east of property, (Banquet Hall), and a parking lot done in red gravel. The building is architecturally notable both inside & out.[4]

In 1958, Conway Twitty, singer-songwriter and his band were in town and were playing the Flamingo Lounge where Hamilton Place auditorium is located today. Legend has it that the drummer, Jack Nance, wrote "It's Only Make Believe" between sets, although another story puts them at the nearby Fischer Hotel. The song was recorded in 1958 and became the first of nine Top 40 hits for Twitty, selling eight million copies.[5]

Thomas McQuesten's, historic downtown family home was willed to the City after the death of the last of his five unmarried siblings in 1968. After its restoration was complete in 1971, Whitehern has been open as a civic museum and has occasionally served as a period film location.[6]

Stelco Tower was built in 1973 in downtown Hamilton, 25-floors/ 103-metres. At the time of completion was the tallest building in Hamilton but that title only lasted for a year until Landmark Place, 43-floors/ 127 meters, (originally known as The Century 21 Building) was complete in 1974.[7]

Hamilton is also home to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame museum. The museum hosts an annual induction event in a week-long celebration that includes school visits, a golf tournament, a formal induction dinner and concludes with the Hall of Fame game involving the local CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium.[8][9]

The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club is only minutes from downtown Hamilton. Offers a fantastic waterfront view and spectacular sunsets. Whether you sail, power boat, swim, or just enjoy great food its all there at the RHYC. Also included are dry sail facilities, youth/adult sailing school, excellent year round dining and well-appointed meeting spaces.

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.[10]

MacNab Transit Terminal[edit]

MacNab Transit Terminal

The Hamilton Street Railway bus terminal is located between King St W and Main St W, on a section of the street closed to traffic. There are seven platforms with ten routes, mostly serving the upper part of the city. The terminal has been rebuilt and re-opened on 2 January 2011.[11]

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." [12]

Major intersections[edit]

Note: Listing of streets from North to South.



  1. ^ Bailey, Thomas Melville (1981). Dictionary of Hamilton Biography (Vol I, 1791-1875). W.L. Griffin Ltd. 
  2. ^ Bailey, Melville (1987). The History of Dundurn Castle and Sir Allan MacNab (reprint ed.). pp. 1–38. 
  3. ^ Weaver, John C. (1982). Hamilton: An Illustrated History. James Lorimer & Company Publishers. ISBN 0-88862-593-6. 
  4. ^ Hillen, Janet & David (2000). Hamilton: Living Downtown, Familiarity Breeds Content. North Shore Publishing. ISBN 1-896899-13-7. 
  5. ^ "The Hamilton Memory Project;" (Press release). The Hamilton Spectator Newspaper- Souvenir Edition page MP44. June 10, 2006. 
  6. ^ "Whitehern Museum Archives: An Online History of the McQuesten Family". Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  7. ^ "Stelco Tower: 1973". Retrieved 2007-03-26. 
  8. ^ "Five more walk into Canadian Football's hallowed shrine". Hamilton Scores!. Archived from the original on 2007-03-01. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  9. ^ "Ivor Wynne Stadium Information". Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  10. ^ "The Waterfront Shuttle- HSR". Retrieved 2007-06-05. 
  11. ^ "MacNab Transit Terminal". Hamilton Transit Blog. Retrieved June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Hamilton Waterfront Trolley". Retrieved 2007-06-05. 

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