Kirkendall

The Kirkendall and Durand Neighbourhoods are in the lower West end of Hamilton (just below the escarpment from Chedoke golf course / park  over to James street and North to Main Street) . Some of the most historic and beautiful homes in Hamilton can be found in this area including The Gateway house, The White House and Ravenscliffe Castle.  Outside of some of the more over-the-top old mansions however this area of the city has a huge variety of housing with tree lined streets, really well maintained parks, shopping, dining and it’s a great neighbourhood if you like to get outside and explore. 

Golf, Hiking, Waterfalls, Rock Climbing

One of the cool things about this neighbourhood is the easy access to outdoor activities, and hiking and biking trails including the Bruce trail right in your back yard.  If you like to golf it doesn’t get much more convenient than The Chedoke golf club’s  two separate courses: the Beddoe and the Martin.  The Beddoe course and many of the holes on the Martin were designed by Stanley Thompson in the 1940s and 50s.  Thompson’s other work includes the courses in Jasper, Banff, and St. George’s in Toronto among others.  Green fees range from $34 to $51 for 18 depending on day of week and the course you play so it’s also super affordable. 

Head West from here and you can explore trails that include 2 waterfalls and a bike trail that ends about 35km away in Brantford. Of course you can also head a bit East and in no time you’re on the rail trail heading to the top of the East escarpment.  Since this is an old railway line it was constructed on a very gradual slope (3 or 4 degrees?) When you get to the top which is about 8 km to the East, you can turn around and coast all the way back down without much peddling.  Either way you’ll hardly know that you’re in the city. 

Shopping, Food, Coffee

You can’t talk about this area without mentioning Locke street, and it’s restaurants, donut shop, coffee shops and even a dog cafe.  There’s some seriously good pizza at Naroma (the name is a nod to the pizza styles of Naples and Rome), italian food (followed up with Gelato from AMO perhaps…), and  burgers (check out Delirious Burger Co) on Locke as well as award winning butter tarts and how about coffee and apple fritters...yep, made to order at Browne Dog Cafe.

Getting around

If you need to get on the highway, to McMaster University or Westdale there’s really easy access from Charleton Avenue.The neighbourhood is super bikeable with several sobi bike share stations, a couple of East West bike routes, easy access to The Bay Street North-South segregated bike lane that will take you to The go station via hunter and to the West Harbour Go and Bayfront Park.