North End today is a mostly residential neighbourhood located North of downtown Hamilton, bordered by the waterfront, the CN rail tracks and Wellington Street North. Historically though, North End encompassed a much broader area, from north of Barton Street, east to Red Hill Parkway and west to the 403.
The waterfront trails and Bayfront Park. It’s the perfect spot for cycling, long walks, for dog owners, and boaters.
It’s bordered by industrial land to the east.
It’s a short walk to the shops, to the restaurants, cafes and shops, and monthly Art Crawl on vibrant James Street North and West Harbour GO Station.
As with any downtown neighbourhood, you may experience some petty crime.
The area is home to a few local fantastic breweries.
The real estate prices have risen quite a bit. The neighbourhood’s proximity to the lake and the GO station have been a driving factor.
Historical, charming homes. You’ll find detached, semi-detached and row houses.
If you are bothered by construction noise and dirt, the ongoing development of the area may be an issue. Condos being constructed along the waterfront, and a long delayed affordable housing project, finally expected to begin in 2024 may give you pause.
It’s a very short walk to the West Harbour GO station.
If you like to do your shopping at big box stores, you won’t find any here.
North End offers a variety of housing options, including detached, semi-detached, and row houses, which are mostly over 100 years old and have either Victorian or cottage style architecture. Newer developments and condos can also be found in this area.
In North End, you’ll find many homes built in the late 1800’s and early to mid 1900’s. Some are smaller 1.5 story and bungalow homes.
North End is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Hamilton, dating back to the 1800’s. It was mostly blue-collar, and these homes were built for the factory and industrial workers at the time.
Presently, some of the homes have been recently updated, while others appear to be much older in style and condition.
Built in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, in North End you’ll find a fair number of these detached and semi-detached brick two story homes with a garage in the basement.
As North End gentrifies, more new build homes are popping up in the area. Its mature streets and trees, and proximity to the GO Station, the lakefront, and vibrant downtown areas have made North End a popular choice for developers and end users who want a larger, newer home but don’t want to live in the suburbs.
North End families have access to some good local elementary schools. High school students will have to travel outside the neighbourhood.
Bennetto Elementary School is a public school for grades JK-8.
Bennetto is conveniently located within the North End neighbourhood.
47 Simcoe Street East.
Westdale High School is a public school for grades 9-12.
Westdale is located at 700 Main Street West, a 10-15 minute drive from North End, and approximately 35 minutes on public transportation.
St Lawrence Catholic Elementary School includes grades JK-8.
It’s location is conveniently located within the community of North End.
88 MacAulay Street East.
Cathedral Catholic High School includes grades 9-12.
It’s located at 30 Wentworth Street North, about a 30 minute walk from North End.
North End is a active community with much to offer.
Located on the shores of Hamilton Harbor, Bayfront Park is a beautiful waterfront park with walking and cycling trails, picnic areas, and scenic views. It’s a great place to relax, have a picnic, or enjoy water activities like kayaking or paddleboarding.
If you’re a fan of craft beer, don’t miss Collective Arts Brewery. They offer a variety of unique and flavorful beers, and you can visit their taproom for tastings, tours, and even live music events
This vibrant street is known for its art galleries, trendy shops, restaurants, and cafes. You can stroll along James Street North, browse local artwork, shop for unique items, and grab a bite to eat at one of the many culinary hotspots.
Another waterfront park in the North End, Pier 4 Park offers a marina, playgrounds, a splash pad, and walking paths. It’s a popular spot for family outings, and you can even take a harbor cruise from here.
In September, don’t miss Supercrawl, a highly anticipated annual arts and music festival held on James Street North. It features live music performances, art installations, street vendors, and a lively atmosphere.
West Harbour is a revitalized area that offers a mix of recreational activities and stunning waterfront views. You can walk or bike along the Waterfront Trail, visit the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, or simply relax and admire the picturesque surroundings.