Waterfront Redevelopment

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What is West Harbour?

Hamilton’s West Harbour is the area bounded by Hamilton Harbour, York Boulevard, Cannon Street and Wellington Street N.

The West Harbour includes key features and attractions such as:

  • Dundurn Castle
  • Bayfront and Pier 4 Park
  • the HMCS Haida
  • the Hamilton Waterfront Trail
  • an outdoor roller/skating rink
  • many marinas and waterfront views for visitors to enjoy 

Pier 8 Request for Qualifications

The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) call for the Pier 8 Development Opportunity will formally open on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. View the press release

The RFQ and background documents will be made available online, free of charge. Check back here or at www.biddingo.com/hamilton to access these documents.

Cover of the Pier 8 - Preliminary Prospectus

In the meantime, you can view our Pier 8 - Preliminary Prospectus (PDF, 5 MB) for a summary of the development opportunity. You may also wish to browse this website for other background information that may be of interest to you.

Any questions or comments? Contact westharbour@hamilton.ca or 905-546-2424 ext. 2085.

Goals of the Redevelopment Project

The City of Hamilton’s strategic focus for the West Harbour is guided by the principles and goals in two plans:

Plans for the West Harbour include:

  • enhancing cultural, residential, commercial and recreational uses
  • providing a greater range of attractions year-round
  • bringing economic opportunity through new construction, employment, tourism, cultural & commercial development

This $140 million redevelopment project will transform the West Harbour into a vibrant, mixed-use, transit supportive and pedestrian-friendly community that is the jewel on Hamilton’s waterfront. 

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History of the waterfront

Mid-1900s: As a centre of trade, commercial and industrial growth, urbanization & industrial expansion on Hamilton’s waterfront nearly destroyed the area’s natural habitat

1950s to 1980s: Harbour’s ecosystem was severely degraded & deemed unfit for any recreation use due to severe water quality problems and little public access

Early 1990s: A major transformation of the West Harbour began with a focus on the natural ecological experience of the harbour.

Over the past 30 years: Investments of almost $2 billion by public & private sectors helped to remediate the harbour & enhance its water and ecological quality. The City and stakeholders have been internationally recognized for the restoration of the Harbour environmental ecosystem & the revival of the diverse range of fish and wildlife habitat.