Getting Around the City of Hamilton

Hamilton EscarpmentWhether you’re new to the city or are a lifelong resident, moving to a new area means getting used to what’s around and how to navigate to key areas and the rest of the city from your home.

Getting around Hamilton isn’t too tricky, but it can take some getting used to for those who haven’t spent too much time in the city. Luckily, there are several easy methods of transport – driving, walking, biking, bussing, cabbing – and most of them make it simple to get where you need to be in a relatively quick manner.

Let’s take a look at the different areas of Hamilton and how you can navigate them once you’re settled in.

Hamilton Mountain

We’ll start with our own little neck of the woods. Hamilton Mountain is almost its own city, featuring several main roads and the Lincoln Alexander Parkway, or “The Linc”, a highway that connects the major areas on the escarpment. The Linc is easily accessible from Summit Park giving you the ability to quickly travel to your destination. This parkway connects to highway 403. which can take you to downtown Hamilton area as well as The QEW. The other major connection is to The Red Hill Valley Parkway which gives you quick access to East Hamilton as well as The QEW. Commuting is simple and easy when you live at Summit Park!

If you’re looking to get from one place to another on the mountain, the Linc is more or less your best bet – most exits are only a few kilometres apart, and the trip is usually a big time saver. Taking this method means driving or bussing – no bikes on the highway! Taking main roads without the Linc can also be done via car or bus, but walking and biking are also an option.

Getting to the lower end of the city via the mountain is also quite simple. There are several access roads for cars and busses, and many have stairs from top to bottom for those who want to enjoy the view on the way down!

Downtown Hamilton

Getting around downtown is pretty straight forward once you get use to the grid patterned road network with quick access to The Linc and 403 it can provide you an easy route from Hamilton Mountain to downtown Hamilton.

Driving isn’t overly stressful, and there are plenty of bus routes running throughout the city. Destinations within a few blocks of one another can easily be walked to as well, Including world class medical facilities, an abundance of entertainment venues and a variety of restaurants make downtown an attractive destination.

In recent years, Hamilton has made major efforts to become a more bike-friendly city, and several streets have bike lanes for riders to make use of. If you prefer this method of transportation, downtown travel should be easier and less stressful.

Contact Us with Your Questions

Have further questions about getting around in Hamilton and the surrounding area? Contact us today and let us know!