Explore Hamilton (Safely) with the Magnolia Map

It’s been a tough month and a half. We feel it, and we know you feel it, too.

When we started The Inlet, our goal was to showcase daily experiences and hidden gems that are too-often overlooked in Hamilton. But physically exploring the city is difficult right now. For many of us, it’s limited to catching glimpses of murals and other public art while walking or driving to get groceries or, for some people, heading to work on the front lines. Though we can’t gather together, we’re inspired by the digital opportunities available to support Hamilton arts organizations, including HYP’s online slams, AGH At Home, and the Hamilton Arts Council’s Hamilton Artist Relief Fund and livestream series featuring local artists from a variety of disciplines. We also love to see how so many Hamiltonians are supporting small businesses in other ways.

One way you can explore Hamilton now that the nice weather is (hopefully) here to stay is engaging with the Magnolia Map, released this month by the Everyone Rides Initiative (ERI), which is committed to equity in cycling and removes the barriers that prevent people from accessing bikes and cycling. Synching with Google Maps, the Magnolia Map encourages users to walk or bike their neighbourhood to enjoy a number of varieties of magnolia trees.

While getting out to enjoy the fresh air is still okay during the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s critical to enjoy walks safely. ERI provides information about how to enjoy the Magnolia Map with caution, including using disinfectant wipes if you’re using the SoBi bike share and adhering to physical distancing measures while walking. Visit ERI’s website for additional information on how to stay safe while using the Magnolia Map.

So far, the Magnolia Map has recorded around 50 stops located across the city. Here are a few shots from a Magnolia walk in the Stinson Neighbourhood.