It’s kind of fun how genuinely many people at work were surprised when I said that we’re going to Burlington/Hamilton on the weekend. Like it’s a place in the middle of nowhere and not two cities located on lake Ontario. To be honest, the lake was the main reason for us to go there — having a lot of water around is a beautiful thing when temperatures are above 30 degrees. Oh! And it’s relatively easy to get there if you’re a loser like us who doesn’t have a car =)
Our first stop in Burlington was Royal Botanical Gardens. Apparently, this is a must-visit place there — although if it hadn’t been so hot and plants outdoors hadn’t been on the verge of dying it would’ve been a more pleasant experience.
In general, Burlington has that “retirement city” vibe. It’s not a bad thing, by the way. You’ll see retirement residences here and there, clinics helping you with hearing and sleep problems and clubs for seniors (like a pottery club, for example). And yeah, pubs and funeral houses. Everything I’ll be looking for when I’m older. There was a super cute moment when we were in a pub and a lady in her eighties or maybe even older came in, ordered some Guinness with fries, like, you know, it’s a normal thing to do. Wish I’ll be able to do that as well. It’s one of things, which is nearly impossible to see in Russia. Oh, and Burlington is quite, despite the significant amount of people on the waterfront trail in the evening.
Do you want one more reason to visit Burlington? A local donuts store, Shining Donuts, may have the best donuts in Ontario. Seriously. The are fresh, huge and unbelievably good.
People do swim in the lake, even though I was told that it might be a bad idea (thanks to Hamilton, the Steel Capital of Canada). There’s a long public beach along the lake and maybe next time I’d give it a try (because it’s difficult to resist that impression that you’re on a resort).
After the first day full of pleasant relaxed strolls along the lake the second day in Hamilton was… full of walking =)
A half-hour walk to the bus stop in Burlington (all local buses apparently took a day off, so we just had to use our legs), half-hour ride, another half-hour walk — and we’re in Bayfront Park. Beautiful views of Ontario; boats and yachts; ducks and geese and a dude talking to those birds (“It was nice to meet you”).
Then another donut store (donut tourism should be a thing), Granddad’s Donuts. They’re fine but not as beautiful as ones we ate the previous day.
And our final stop (almost final actually) — Her Majesty Canadian Ship Haida. I’m stupid and for quite some time couldn’t figure out what HMCS meant. This is a warship that served since the WWII and up to 60s and now working as a museum. I’m not a military vessels nut and not a fan of military stuff in general but Haida is something worth visiting. And it’s very impressive from outside.
The real last stop was a pub called The Ship.You may consider this as an AD but it’s a very friendly place with good beer and good burgers (what else does one need, eh?)
One more train ride (slightly delayed but who cares about such meaningless things with 3 or 4 beers inside) and we’re back to London.