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Hamilton is one of the largest cities in Ontario, but that doesn’t mean it’s short on green space. By choosing a suite at The Connolly, a mixed-use project coming to 98 James Street South, you’ll be choosing a lifestyle where urban amenities meet woodland retreats.

The city is home to a number of great public spaces such as Gage Park, a 30-hectare space known for its gardens, greenhouses, walking paths and mature trees. Along the water, enjoy Bayfront Park, known for its sandy beach and meandering trails.

You won’t have to go very far at all if you’re looking for something more rugged. After all, Hamilton is known as “the city of waterfalls” and boasts easy access to hiking trails, nature preserves and campgrounds.

Just across the harbour, Cootes Paradise is the largest wetland at the western end of Lake Ontario. It’s part of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve and spans a stunning 600 hectares. The sanctuary is home to a 320-hectare river-mouth marsh, glacial plateaus, 16 creeks and roughly 25 kilometres of shoreline. It’s also less than a 15-minute drive away from The Connolly.

There are a number of campgrounds close by including two located in Hamilton Conservation Areas. Valens Lake and Fifty Point both feature opportunities to swim, boat or just enjoy a good old-fashioned camp fire.

Together, the City of Hamilton, Bruce Trail Conservatory and Hamilton Conservation Authority have compiled a long list of self-guided walks where you can explore the region’s many, many waterfalls. Whether you want to check out the Great Smokey Hollow Walk or the Devil’s Punchbowl Battlefield Creek Walk on a Saturday afternoon is entirely up to you!

The easy access to natural getaways is all the more surprising given the bustle of downtown Hamilton. The city is clearly on the upswing and James Street North has become a cultural hotspot and a great avenue for trying new restaurants and cafes.

Getting around the city will also be easy when you call The Connolly home. The Stanton Renaissance project is seconds from the Hamilton GO Centre. What’s more, the new the James Street North station will be just a fifteen minute walk away and will have two trips to Toronto in both the morning and in the afternoon. Currently under construction, the new hub will also connect to the Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) buses as well.

If that combination of city living and green getaways fits your lifestyle, be sure to register for priority status.

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