One of the first things we'd heard about, before we even moved to Hamilton, was how pretty Dundas is - and the rail trail in particular. This was back in January, so given the temperature, we filed this away in our minds for another, warmer time. That time came up in May.
On a particularly nice day, we decided it was time to find out what this rail trail was all about. I don't think we quite realized exactly how massive it was. In doing a bit of research on the trail before heading out (basically to find out where to park), we discovered that it is 32km in length, and stretches all the way from Hamilton to Brantford.
We had just come from the gym, so decided that it might be wise to tackle only a small part of the trail that day, just a km or two - but that was enough to prove to us that this is a great way to spend a day, or even an hour. The part of the trail we were on was wide enough for people and bikes alike, surrounded by trees, farmers fields and even a house or two (as an aside, how cool would it be to live on the rail trail!)
How awesome to be able to get into nature so close to Hamilton, and only come across a few people along the path.
The only complaint I have about the rail trail (at least the part we were on) was the lack of shade, not ideal on a super sunny day, but that's just my opinion.
After we were done exploring the country around Dundas, we headed into the town itself. I don't really know what we were expecting, but we were instantly impressed by the charm of Dundas' main street - cafes, pubs, shops, basically what we consider to be an ideal, walkable old main street - touristy, yet still functional for those who live there. We've definitely got a few places earmarked for our return trip.
We heard there's a buskerfest in Dundas this weekend - a perfect opportunity to head back! I'll share my thoughts on this later!