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Burlington Bay Canal

Burlington Bay Canal was opened in 1826. Once a narrow cut, the Canal now has navigable access to the Atlantic Ocean. It connects the Hamilton Harbour industrial region to international trade and commerce. It played a crucial role in providing ship access from Lake Erie to the Atlantic, and the development of industrial Hamilton.

The large bridge you see crossing the Canal is the Skyway Bridge. The first part of the bridge was originally constructed in 1958, but with traffic volume becoming greater over the decades, the City decided to “twin” the bridge – the City added another concrete bridge structure beside the original bridge. Now we have eight lanes of traffic crossing back and forth across the Harbour without impeding large ships that can cross freely under the bridge.