Outdoor Fun and Cheap Eats


Two All-Star Hammer locations tie for 2nd place on our Off-Campus Destination Countdown!

Cootes Paradise

Owned by the Royal Botanical Gardens, this large wetland area backs right onto the McMaster campus.  An ideal place for a tranquil hike, this place is booming with wildlife and fauna and includes local look out spots, such as Princess Point.

Looking for a new route for your running/jogging regimen?  The trails through Cootes are beaten with hikers, athletes and strollers alike.  A great destination for your next outdoor adventure!

Hamilton Farmers’ Market

Running since 1837, and currently connected to Jackson Square Mall, this market is often a new discovery to most McMaster students.  Find all the freshest fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, poultry and bread here for usually knock-out prices.  The Hamilton Farmers’ Market is THE destination for students looking for big bang on their grocery bucks.

Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (often with live music in the mornings), a weekend visit provides you with the full bustling market experience.  And if low prices, local foods and fresh produce isn’t enough, the market is indoors and is open all year round.

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