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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 conducted 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.


Stoney Creek Pond Trail
Contract C15-07-14 (P)
Location: between Grays Road and Stoney Creek Pond

Summary of Work

  • Tree removals (PDF) to accommodate the construction of an extension of the Waterfront Trail. The tree removals are completed in February to meet the requirement that tree removal is undertaken outside of the migratory bird period
  • Construction of trails and observation deck
  • Opening roadway access from North Service Road

Status: Contract C15-07-14(P) awarded to Dufferin Construction and construction mobilization to begin February 2015. Anticipated completion date shall be July 2015. This scope of this project is supported by the Hamilton Conservation Authority. Review a copy of the Notice to Residents (PDF, 535 KB).

Master Servicing Study

Summary of Work: AMEC was retained in March 2014 to complete a “high-level” Master Site Servicing Study for the proposed developments within the Confederation Park Master Plan area. The final report was completed on September 2014.

Gateway Features

Summary of Work: DTAH was retained in June 2014 to design gateway features to be located at four key entrances into the park. The east, west and north features will be secondary gateways while the primary gateway feature shall be located at the new proposed entrance into Confederation Park off Centennial Parkway, as identified in the Master Plan. The concept is presently being coordinated with the Branding and Wayfinding Project.

Branding and Wayfinding

Summary of Work: Kramer Design Associates Limited, a visual communications consulting firm, was retained in December 2014 to design and develop branding, place making identification and wayfinding site elements through environmental graphic design.

Sports Complex

Summary of Work: The conceptual master plan of the Sports Complex is located in the former camp grounds area. Staff is currently preparing a Terms of Reference to hire a consulting team to bring the conceptual master plan of the proposed Sports Complex (PDF, 2.9 MB) to the functional design level for budget requests and phased implementation.


Landscape Architect
Phone: 905-546-2424 extension 4621