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What to see and do in Hamilton, Ontario?

Clara's Big Ride is on Day 1 and will be arriving in Hamilton, Ontario tonight.
Here are my top four things to do:

First, Hamilton is connected to the southern end of the Bruce Trail, which is great for starting a hike along the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. The Escarpment is one of Canada's UNESCO biosphere sites for natural beauty.

Second, Hamilton is home to the African Lion Safari. I have wanted to go there for years. I can just imagine driving through their terrain keeping the car windows rolled up so some creature doesn't poke its head in. As far as I know, it's a fun place to take the family.

Third, lest we forget our military heritage and the efforts of those who successfully preserved the planes and stories of Canada's aviation history. My grandfather, may he rest in peace, was in the Canadian Air Force during World War II. At one point in his military career he was in the fire brigade for the pilots in training. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is in Hamilton. The museum started in 1972 with a dream of a few volunteers who wanted to preserve historic planes and the freedom they represent. The struggle to maintain the Museum continued over time. Museum founder and pilot Alan Ness flew the Fairey Firefly plane during the 1977 air show and tragically crashed to his death in Lake Ontario. The museum also had a hangar fire in 1993 and it was rebuilt into a great facility. If you are in Hamilton I recommend your stop in to honor your inner soldier, pilot, and historian.

Lastly, spring is still around the corner and I would be thinking of a trip to see the great designs at the Royal Botanical Gardens.

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