Need to know the best tobogganing hills to rush to after a fresh snowfall?
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Here is a list of the best tobogganing hills in Hamilton. Some are ‘city approved’ and some… not so much. Use at your own risk!
City Approved Toboggan Hills
These hills have been permitted for toboggan use by the City Of Hamilton effective December 23, 2016. They are deemed to be safer than your typical hill because they have been outfitted with hay bales and snow fencing where necessary to provide extra safety measures around trees and to avoid roads. However, always be sure to wear a helmet and follow the safety tips on the City website.
1. Garth and Stonechurch Reservoir
Address: 1515 Garth Street, Hamilton
This hill is great because of it is very large with very little trees in the way. You also get two hills in one at this location, where you can toboggan on the Northeast corner, or on the south side beside the parking lot. Speaking of parking… this location has two free parking lots! Optimal for families coming to park the car and enjoy an evening of tobogganing fun!
2. King’s Forest Golf Course
Address: 100 Greenhill Avenue, Hamilton
If you’re looking for a long tobogganing hill… look no further! The King’s Forest Golf Course has opened up the hill in front of the green at Hole #9 of their course to the public for everyone to enjoy a toboggan run!
3. Waterdown Memorial Park
Address: 200 Hamilton Street, Waterdown
If you venture to Waterdown Memorial Park, you’ll find a permitted toboggan hill at the northeast corner, West of baseball diamond #3. It isn’t the tallest hill on the list, but it is a great hill for beginners.
4. Chedoke Golf Course – Martin Course
Address: 563 Aberdeen Avenue, Hamilton
The last hill on the list of permitted hills can be found inside the Chedoke Golf Course, on the Martin Course, just off of Hole #10’s tee. It is fairly long, and has an interesting shape, running between two rows of trees.
Other ‘Unofficial’ Tobogganing Hills
Tobogganing is banned in Hamilton if you go on a hill that is not one of the permitted ones listed above. This ban was implemented after a lawyer hurt himself and sued the city for $900,000 back in 2004. The city also paid out nearly 1-million dollars in damages and court costs for a tobogganing incident at the Garth Street Reservoir in 2013.
The City encourages all tobogganers to wear a helmet and follow the safety tips found on their website.
1. Greenhill Water Reservoir
Address: 760 Greenhill Avenue, Hamilton
This water reservoir offers a variety of slopes. The east side has a gentle slope with a long run out into tall grass. The north side has a steep slope.
2. TB McQuesten Park (South side)
Address: 164 Southpark Ave, Hamilton
The south side of TB McQuesten Community Park has a great toboggan hill that is not only tall, but has minimal obstructions and is not on a main road.
3. Ben Nevis Water Reservoir
Address: Ben Nevis Drive, Stoney Creek
This great hill is in a residential area, with two sides that have slopes that are toboggan worthy. The south side of the hill goes onto a flat grassy field.