Sailboats in the water with blue skies. View of the city in the background.

INFORMATION FOR CRUISERS VISITING RHYC

Arriving at the club….

  • Burlington Lift Bridge – The bridge opens on the hour and half-hour.  Boats need to be in the canal for the bridge to open.  The bridge operator can be contacted on VHF or at 905-544-3236. 
  • Slip Assignment – Call the RHYC harbourmaster on VHF 68 as you approach the club or come in to the front visitors’ wall.

At the club….

  • Patio/Restaurant Hours – Dine at RHYC from 11:30 am – 8 pm (till 10pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday).  Reservations are appreciated, especially for larger groups (905-528-8464 X224).
  • Potluck Events – Visiting groups are able to use the front lawn, near the water for informal events.  BBQs at the east end of the RHYC building are available for use.
  • Special Events – Cruisers are encouraged to join club events – there is live entertainment every Friday evening (7 – 10 pm).  See the RHYC website for a calendar of events.  A special event for your group can be arranged by contacting the club event manager (905-528-8464 X228).
  • Pool Hours – 11 am – dusk, end of June until Labour Day

Near the club….
Restaurants:
PIER 8 AREA (east of RHYC, on the water)

  • Williams Fresh CafĂ© (8am – 11pm)

  • Sarcoa Restaurant & Bar (noon – 9pm, later on Fri/Sat)

  • Waterfront Scoops Ice Cream Parlour (noon – 10 pm)

James Street North Area (one block east of RHYC)

  • Fisher’s Eatery and Sports Lounge (11am – midnight, 554 James St. N)

  • Harbour Diner (8am – 8 pm, 486 James St. N)

  • Grandad’s Donuts (5am – 9pm, 574 James St. N)   

Recreation

PIER 8 AREA (east of RHYC, on the water)

  • Harbour West Trolley Tour, Bike Rentals, Roller Skating Rink, HMCS Haida Museum Ship

PIER 4 AREA (west of RHYC, on the water)

  • Splash Pad, Bayfront Park, paved multi-use trail connecting to trails west

  • Shuttle Bus to Downtown – free service every 30 minutes (10 am-9pm from James St. N./Guise St. or Pier 8) for shopping and dining  

Discover Hamilton

Well known throughout Canada and the world as a centre for sport, Hamilton is proud to welcome visiting sailors to Hamilton Harbour. The harbour's unique climatic, geographic and hydrographic conditions make it an ideal venue for sailboat racing. Its proximity to Niagara Falls, Toronto and other popular tourism destinations make Hamilton an excellent base for day trips.

The Hamilton area is a rare coupling of topography and human settlement, one of a handful of urban centres in North America that is encircled by a bay of significant size which in turn serves as an international port. Because of its unique conditions, the bay is often populated with power and sail craft; jet skis playfully slap the crests of waves, while steering clear of windsurfing enthusiasts. Bayfront Park and Pier 4, acres of former industrial landfill restored to a green area, are alive with walkers, runners, roller-bladers and kids playing on the landlocked tugboat, the twisting, turning tubes and slides, or running through the water toys. The Hamilton Harbour serves as home to a number of yacht clubs and it hosts a number of events during the year. Hamilton's 1,500 kilometres of trails invite hikers, bikers and window-shopping naturalists to explore the verdure of Hamilton’s forests and botanical exhibits.

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