Parks, Trails and Beaches

Smoke-Free Parks & Recreation Areas

Hamilton Public Health strongly recommends keeping at least 2m or 6ft of physical distance between themselves and others at all times. Physical distancing is important, even outdoors.

  • Effective Friday June 19, public beaches in Hamilton are open.
  • City play structures remain closed until further notice.
  • Parks and greenspaces are open. Do not gather in groups of than more than 10. Some bathrooms and port-o-lets in parks are open. 
  • Albion Falls is closed to visitors. Parking lots, viewing platforms and areas are closed. Residents are requested not to congregate at Albion Falls.

The City of Hamilton’s Prohibiting Smoking within City Parks and Recreation Properties By-law No. 11-080 and By law 19-164 prohibits smoking and vaping in or on:

  • parks
  • playgrounds
  • recreation centre property
  • arena and stadium property
  • sports or playing fields
  • skateboard parks
  • beaches
  • outdoor pools
  • leash-free dog parks
  • some trails

View a list of places where smoking and vaping is not allowed under this By-law (PDF, 136 KB)

Report smoking or vaping in City parks and recreation areas

If you have questions or you want to report smoking or vaping in outdoor areas:

To help investigate complaints, provide:

  • Your name and phone number or email for follow-up
  • Date and time you saw smoking / vaping in outdoor areas
  • Description of person or people smoking / vaping 
  • The location where you saw people smoking / vaping