Sam Lawrence Park

Looking north over downtown Hamilton

For several years, I have passed Sam Lawrence Park on the way to my son’s orthodontist. The beautiful blooms called out each time we passed but it seemed we were always in a rush arriving and leaving those doctor appointments – you know how it is. But last week,  we made the time and I even remembered the camera. It was definitely worth the stop.

Stepping into the park from the Jolley Cut

The park is tucked into a paperclip turn at the top of the Jolley Cut, a steeply inclined road that climbs the Niagara Escarpment from downtown Hamilton. I parked at the top on Concession Street and walked a few minutes back to the park entrance.

The middle level of the park, looking towards Concession Street

As I suspected, the views from this location are spectacular. It was a clear day, one of those, ‘I can see the CN Tower’ kind of days and we lingered quite awhile gazing at the 180 degree panorama.

The stairs to the highest park level

At the very highest point of the park is an open lawn where we met these two chasing a bright red ball. They barely stood still long enough to be photographed.

Nearby Concession Street celebrated its 100th anniversary as a commercial district in 2007. You can find lots to do there including listening to live music on Friday’s from 12 to 2 this summer or the upcoming Corn Fest in September. There is also a Halloween parade on Monday October 31st where 600 kids from local schools will entertain with their costume creativity.


4 thoughts on “Sam Lawrence Park

  1. Helen, you have stated a lot of amazing things in this article. Did you know Sam Lawrence park is one of the few places in the city that you don’t need a permit to take wedding photos!

    Another interesting post would be the Jolley Cut and its history, as well as the impact of the Niagara Escarpment on Hamilton (including the Bruce Trail).

    Have a great day,


  2. Hey Christina, thanks for visiting! I didn’t know about the wedding photo permit freedom…from what I’ve heard, getting those permits elsewhere can be pretty difficult and pricey. Thanks for the post suggestions, I like both of them and will put them on my to-do list!


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