This part of Hamilton lies between Hamilton Harbour and the Escarpment (Mountain) and between James on the west and Kenilworth on the east. It includes such traditionally working class neighbourhoods as the North End, Beasley and Corktown, and a number of other neighborhoods east of downtown on both sides of Barton and Main Street.
Hamilton’s North End, has a rich history as a rough working class neighbourhood popular with Irish, Scottish and later Eastern Europeans immigrants over the years, who worked in the nearby factories and docks.
Corktown is the area settled by the Irish, on the south east side of downtown. At The Delta, where east-west Main Street and King St intersected, and around the huge Gage Park, are the communities of Blakely, Stipeley, Crown Point,and The Delta.
The area has downtown shopping on its west, the large Centre on Barton Shopping mall on its east and is home to the vibrant Barton Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) and retail district. For home improvements, Ottawa Street west of Centre on Barton Shopping Mall can’t be beat. This area has extensive recreational opportunities, ranging from parklands along the Niagara Escarpment, including the Escarpment Rail Trail, Gage Park which is home to Hamilton’s Children’s Museum, and along the waterfront at Bayfront Park and Pier 4 Park which are home to several marinas and yacht clubs. For those preferring their team sports, there is the Brand New Tim Hortons Field, home to the cities CFL Ti-Cats and host city of the Pan Am 2015 soccer games.