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Confederation Park

Confederation Park is a part of the Red Hill Valley and Lake Ontario Shoreline system. Located adjacent to the Hamilton Harbour industrial area, the Park is an important natural heritage green space in the City and links the corridors of the Red Hill and Stoney Creeks. The 93 hectare (228 acre) linear waterfront park is located on Lake Ontario between the Queen Elizabeth Way and Lake Ontario in the City of Hamilton. The property is owned by the City of Hamilton and managed by the Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) by way of a management agreement.

Project Summary

City of Hamilton Staff is conducting a review of the master plan in the context of the City's corporate priorities to determine the feasibility, costs and timing for moving forward with the plan components. The process involves consultation with several Departments and Divisions, including Community Services, Corporate Services, Legal Services, Planning & Economic Development, Tourism and Public Works. A report will be brought back to Committee and Council for consideration of next steps.


Information panels from December 4, 2012 public information centre


Since opening in the early 1960's, Confederation Park has become an important recreation and tourism resource and a major lakefront access in the City. The 8 km Hamilton Beach Trail is not only a popular waterfront trail, but a part of the provincial Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail system extending from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Quebec. The park has quality recreational and dining facilities such as Wild Waterworks, Barangas Restaurant, the new Lakeland Centre and Pool, and the mini-golf course at Adventure Village. The Park's proximity to the QEW and its large population base in the Golden Horseshoe area give it potential as a tourism magnet and for increased patronage.

The Board of Directors of the HCA directed HCA staff in 2008 to engage a planning consultant to undertake an overall review of the master plan for Confederation Park. The final master plan report was approved by the HCA board in August 2010.

The challenge facing Confederation Park is to recapture the unique Hamilton Beach recreational experience in a sustainable manner. HCA master plan sets the vision for the entire park.

Confederation Park Master Plan Review and update documents, August 2010

Joint Steering Committee

A joint steering committee had been established for the master plan review including HCA and City of Hamilton representatives. The role of the committee was to confirm the Terms of Reference for the Master Plan Review, address issues pertaining to scope of the study and public consultation process and oversee the implementation of the same. This committee provided interim updates and final reporting to the HCA Board of Directors and City of Hamilton Council.


Lawrence Stasiuk, BLA, OALA, CSLA
Landscape Architect
Phone: 905-546-2424 extension 2292