For weeks I’ve been meaning to take my kids for a ride on the Hamilton Waterfront Trolley. Since yesterday was such a hot, blue sky day (and their dad was home with the Man Cold), it was a good excuse for us to get out of the house!
The trolley waits for its passengers within steps of Scoops Ice Cream and Williams Cafe on Discovery Drive. There are two 37-passenger (trackless) trolleys that take you along 12kms of shoreline along the western portion of the harbour. You’ll get other ideas of where you’d like to visit or hop off the trolley along the way, including the marine and rail operations, marinas and sailing/rowing clubs, playgrounds, a beach area, historic bridges, and lush, natural views that provide a picturesque backdrop to the lake.
The conductor provided a narrated commentary along the way and told us about local highlights like the H.M.C.S. Haida (the last tribal class destroyer in the world; something we have yet to visit), the RBG’s Fishway and the unique aspects of the trail itself that make it accessible for walkers (and their dogs), rollerbladers, runners, cyclists and the trolley itself. After the tour we had lunch at Williams Cafe (which was very busy).
It was a great outing and I’d recommend it for everyone – whether you’ve lived around here your whole life or have visitors in town to entertain.