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Hamilton Canada Is a Wonderful City

Hamilton Canada Is a Wonderful City

Do Not believe all you Hear–HAMILTON IS BEAUTIFUL

18/11 2015

Move over I am sharing
Move over I am sharing

 

Hamilton: It’s happening here

Downy Male
Downy Male
FEMALE CARDINAL
FEMALE CARDINAL

Hamilton is a city full of culture, history and nature. Located in southern Ontario, less than an hour’s drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls, Hamilton is a perfect destination for a visit or detour. From its vibrant arts scene, to its rich heritage, to its incredible outdoor attractions, it’s happening here.

Downtown Hamilton
Downtown Hamilton

THE ARTS

Hamilton Harbour
Hamilton Harbour

Monthly art crawls along James Street North bring thousands of art-lovers downtown on the second Friday of every month to enjoy the arts district’s studios, galleries, restaurants and stores, all open late for this well-known event.

Green heron
Green heron

 

The beautiful  ART GALLERY HAMILTON and one of the country’s leading university art collections, McMaster Museum of Art are also in Hamilton. There are artistic areas in neighbourhoods across the city, with more and more artists and creative professionals moving to Hamilton.

 Green Heron
Green Heron

Food lovers will enjoy Hamilton’s diverse Restaurants including fine-dining, international food, farmers’ markets, craft breweries, locally roasted coffee and a popular food truck scene.

HERITAGE AND HISTORY

As one of the oldest cities in the province, Hamilton has a Fascinating Historical Heritage

Sunrise
Sunrise

To Preserve The Natural Wetlands, a Fishway was constructed to capture all the carp from getting into the sensitive Cootes Paradise, Here they sort weigh and return the Carp and Invasive fish back into Hamilton Harbour

This saves our Wonderful wetlands for nesting areas, fish habitat and Waterfowl  Deer and Nesting Bald Eagles that are creating other Bald Eagles, soon Cootes Paradise will be a Mecca of Beauty (It already is)

below is an image of the “FISHWAY–another tourist area–There is a tramway that goes around the bay, you can be let off anywhere and they will pick you up on each time they do a round trip, so FREE after every first time FEE–It holds over 20 people  and is fun, and a great HISTORY lesson, a worker uses a Microphone to explain all the sites and past.

RBG fishway
RBG fishway
Rbg Fish-way escapee
Rbg Fish-way escapee

STEWARDSHIP is a great way to PRESERVE what we have, I clean all areas that need it, but do most where the Fishermen leave a MESS yet, as long as we all pitch-in as a Community

Blue Heron
Blue Heron

It is easy to keep the beauty always just right, there are many people that work together and keep Mother Nature Smiling for the next people to enjoy, If you yourself, see garbage, pick it up, while you walk every 50 feet there are garbage cans, so please be part of the answer not Part of the Problem–Thanking you all in advance

Nuthatch
Nuthatch

contact me if you want to help worrall.doug@gmail.com or if you have questions about Hamilton, I an help you, or give you answers over the phone or give you the information to find the correct answers

I am more than Happy to help, also so are all the other Volunteers.

Doug Worrall

Doing my best
Doing my best

The city is full of beautiful architecture, incredible museums and many landmarks. Its 15 National Historic Sites include Dundurn Castle

Dundurn Castle April 2011
Dundurn Castle April 2011

, HMCS Haida, HMCS Haida

The Haidia
The Haidia

 

Power and water Museum
Power and water Museum

, Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology and the newly enhanced Rock Garden at Royal Botanical Gardens.

below is an image of the “FISHWAY–another tourist area–There is a tramway that goes around the bay, you can be let off anywhere and they will pick you up on each time they do a round trip, so FREE after every first time FEE–It holds over 20 people  and is fun, and a great HISTORY lesson, a worker uses a Microphone to explain all the sites and past.

Tramway
Tramway

 

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum the country’s largest flying air museum, is also in Hamilton and features one of only two air-worthy LANCASTER bombers left in the world.

OUTDOOR and Adventure

Hamilton is located between the southern shores of Lake Ontario and the lush landscape of the Niagara Escarpment

Fall COLOURS
Fall COLOURS
Niagara escarpment
Niagara escarpment
City Of Waterfalls
City Of Waterfalls
Websters Park area
Websters Park area

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The city offers easy access to conservation and recreation lands, a natural playground for cyclists, hikers, boaters and other outdoor adventure,s

Enjoy our Environment
Enjoy our Environment

More than 100 beautiful waterfalls are located near the escarpment’s wooded trails, just minutes from the city’s downtown core.

Mushroom Dreams
Mushroom Dreams
Beauty Abounds DW PHOTOGAPHY
Beauty Abounds
DW PHOTOGAPHY

Visitors can also enjoy waterfronts at the West Harbour and the Beachfront. Outdoor family attractions include

RBG and the Wild Waterworks

Swan Meet Sunrise
Swan Meet Sunrise

Thank you for Making Hamilton a Great Place to MOVE and a great place to VISIT

Sincerely

Doug Worrall

PHOTOGRAPHER

Doug Worrall

DW PHOTOGRAPHY

 

 

 

 

Wetlands – Cootes Paradise Marsh- Hamilton

History of Cootes Paradise Marsh

September 15 2013

Blue heron in flight
Blue heron in flight

 

Prior to the 20th century, the nutrient-rich, shallow waters of Cootes Paradise thrived as a coastal freshwater marsh habitat. Almost 100 percent of Cootes Paradise was covered with emergent aquatic plants like wild rice and submergent plants like wild celery, providing food, shelter and migration stop-overs for a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects. The lush wetland also provided ideal spawning, nursery and adult habitat for many fish like bass, perch, pike, herring and trout. This lead to its protection, first as a fish sanctuary in the 1870’s, and then as a wildlife preserve in 1927, and finally through the formation of the Royal Botanical Gardens in the 1930’s.

Blue heron in flight
Blue heron in flight

The plentiful flora and fauna of Great Lakes coastal freshwater marshes did not go unnoticed by settlers in the 1800s. Cootes Paradise and its surrounding natural habitats offered abundant fishing and hunting opportunities, fertile farmland and convenient access to water. However, human settlement of Hamilton Harbour and its surrounding natural lands brought with it several Stressor’s  that, over time, had a cumulative impact on the natural abundance of Cootes Paradise and neighboring lower Grindstone Creek marshes. Throughout Cootes Paradise’s watersheds, agricultural practices and residential, commercial and industrial development contaminated connecting creeks with sewage effluent, eroded soil and sediment and chemical runoff and destabilized flow patterns. In 1852 the Desjardins Canal, a shipping channel dissecting the marsh was recut through the centre of Burlington Heights directly connecting the marsh to the lake water levels, and disconnecting it from the Grindstone Creek marshes. In 1957 the lake water level became regulated with the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway further disrupting natural water cycles in the marsh.

Good morning
Good morning
Bee eye reflect
Bee eye reflect

Introduced European and Asian species thrived in this altered environment. Among the first non native species (1870’s) the common carp was purposely introduced as a replacement for the disappearing salmon. The feeding and spawning behaviors of non-native carp uprooted and destroyed marsh plants and re-suspended sediment muddying the waters. By the end of the 19th century, in addition to the rapidly rising carp population, exotic plant species like purple loose-strife and reed manna grass, also purposely introduced to North America, began successfully out-competing and eradicating, native plants in the wet meadow areas.

Downey Woodpecker
Downey Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Blue Jay
Natural
Natural

As human pressures on the watersheds increased, the decline in the health and biodiversity of Cootes Paradise became markedly visible. By the 1930s Cootes Paradise experienced a 15% permanent reduction in marsh vegetation, and by 1985 the level of plant loss reached 85% of its original coverage. This permanent loss of aquatic flora had a direct negative impact on water quality and the fish and wildlife inhabitants and economies of Lake Ontario. Since its dramatic decline began the Garden’s has been focused on restoring Cootes Paradise, with carp removal first attempted in the 1950’s.

Green Heron and Dinner
Green Heron and Dinner
Green Heron
Green Heron
Green Heron
Green Heron

Concerns over environmental degradation led the International Joint Commission to designate Hamilton Harbour as one of 42 Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes. In 1986, the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan was initiated to address this environmental degradation in the Harbour and key remaining areas like Cootes Paradise and lower Grindstone Creek. Under this plan, a variety of new conservation projects and monitoring programs have been implemented by a variety of stakeholders to control pollution, restore and improve fish and wildlife habitat and communicate the health status of the wetlands.

Osprey
Osprey

 

Snake
Snake

For the last four years, I have been Biking the Harbourfront trail, Hiking into Cootes Paradise and learning more each day.As you notice, the Wildlife seem’s to be getting better in our wetlands.

 

Enjoy The Images

Doug Worrall Photographer