The Hamilton Aviary 85 Oak Knoll Drive

During our tour of Westdale, we ran into a friend of Kristin’s, Emily, who told us about an aviary located near our touring spot, so naturally we decided to check it out. After all these years of living close to Westdale I had no idea there was a small aviary tucked away behind busy King Street! It’s amazing what you can discover while touring around on foot.

For a while now we have had a fixation on the colours of the peacock. Wherever we go we always manage to find something inspired by peacock colours. When we had heard that there was a peacock residing at the Aviary we were immediately sold on the idea to check it out. It was a must!

The Aviary itself is quite old and a bit run down; however, it does have a certain old charm about it that you won’t find anywhere else. We were taken away by the variety of birds that were kept at the Aviary from all over the world. From exotic parrots to the everyday Canadian duck, we enjoyed our time spent exploring the different bird cages.

While walking around, we also discovered that the Aviary kept flower gardens. These slightly unkept gardens helped to create a country-like feel that was easy to get lost into. We had forgotten that we were just minutes away from King Street.

After exploring the Aviary we decided to walk around the neighborhood and check out the old Tudor style homes nearby. We instantly fell in love with the homes’ unique architecture and the historical feel of the area. I very much wanted to move into one the Tudor homes and call it my own. Maybe one day!

This pretty much concludes our Westdale/Aviary day. We truly had a fantastic time reintroducing ourselves to Westdale and exploring what the area has to offer.

– Jenny

Kristin Archer is the creator of I Heart Hamilton (, where she has blogged about experiences around her hometown since 2011, growing a social media presence along the way. Encouraging locals to “be a tourist in your own city,” she promotes arts and culture across her various social media platforms, blog, and weekly radio show on 93.3 CFMU.

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