The End for Jimmy Thompson Pool?

After over 8 decades, the end may be near for Hamilton’s Jimmy Thompson pool. Built in 1931, for the British Empire Games, it has been home to the city’s best swimmers and learners alike. But as the city prepares to revitalize the area to coincide with the Pan Am Games, one plan might be to tear down the facility and build a newer, more modern one. I had a chance to visit yesterday and capture some the flavour of the place. Here are the pics, and link to a story and video. – Barry Gray

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/5272066-video-city-staff-wants-jimmy-thompson-pool-torn-down/

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, January 22, 2015 - Jimmy Thompson pool, with old viewing stands that seat 1,200, was built for the first British Empire Games, held in Hamilton in 1930. It's now the only surviving structure built for the Games. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator. Read More

Warplane Museum Teaches Kids

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mt. Hope is working to get more inner city schools involved in their educational programs. Dubbed Project High Flight, the museum, through generous sponsorships, helps fund the costs of busing, lunch and admission for students who might not get the opportunity to visit otherwise. Friday, students from three Hamilton lower city schools attended and learned some basic flight principles, and had some fun along the way. – Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, January 16, 2015 - Grade 6 students from 3 schools, including 20 from St. Patrick's, took part in a learning program at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mt. Hope Friday. Instructor Alison Sauve leads the students through the plane discussing structure and how it influences air flow.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, January 16, 2015 – Grade 6 students from 3 schools, including 20 from St. Patrick’s, took part in a learning program at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mt. Hope Friday. Instructor Alison Sauve leads the students through the plane discussing structure and how it influences air flow. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, January 16, 2015 - Grade 6 students from 3 schools, including 20 from St. Patrick's, took part in a learning program at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mt. Hope Friday. Instructor Alison Sauve helps Dhorian Etshofo with a displacement experiment.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, January 16, 2015 – Grade 6 students from 3 schools, including 20 from St. Patrick’s, took part in a learning program at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mt. Hope Friday. Instructor Alison Sauve helps Dhorian Etshofo with a displacement experiment. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, January 16, 2015 - Grade 6 students from 3 schools, including 20 from St. Patrick's, took part in a learning program at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mt. Hope Friday. Lucas Soares, from St. Anne's in Hamilton, balances a ball on his head with a little help from instructor Peter Smith. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, January 16, 2015 – Grade 6 students from 3 schools, including 20 from St. Patrick’s, took part in a learning program at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mt. Hope Friday. Lucas Soares, from St. Anne’s in Hamilton, balances a ball on his head with a little help from instructor Peter Smith. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, January 16, 2015 - Grade 6 students from 3 schools, including 20 from St. Patrick's, took part in a learning program at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mt. Hope Friday. Instructor Lynn Langdon and student Brooklynne Berztiss perform an experiment.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, January 16, 2015 – Grade 6 students from 3 schools, including 20 from St. Patrick’s, took part in a learning program at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mt. Hope Friday. Instructor Lynn Langdon and student Brooklynne Berztiss perform an experiment. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, January 16, 2015 - Grade 6 students from 3 schools, including 20 from St. Patrick's, took part in a learning program at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mt. Hope Friday. Students get a look inside a bomb bay. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, January 16, 2015 – Grade 6 students from 3 schools, including 20 from St. Patrick’s, took part in a learning program at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mt. Hope Friday. Students get a look inside a bomb bay. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, January 16, 2015 - Grade 6 students from 3 schools, including 20 from St. Patrick's, took part in a learning program at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mt. Hope Friday. Student Maria Horvathova learns about pressure. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, January 16, 2015 – Grade 6 students from 3 schools, including 20 from St. Patrick’s, took part in a learning program at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mt. Hope Friday. Student Maria Horvathova learns about pressure. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, January 16, 2015 - Grade 6 students from 3 schools, including 20 from St. Patrick's, took part in a learning program at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mt. Hope Friday. Student Mekai Fronda conducts an experiment. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, January 16, 2015 – Grade 6 students from 3 schools, including 20 from St. Patrick’s, took part in a learning program at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mt. Hope Friday. Student Mekai Fronda conducts an experiment. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

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Maple Leaf Gardens Redux

There is perhaps no more famous hockey rink in Canada, or maybe the world, than Maple Leaf Gardens. Built in 1931, it was home to the Leafs for decades, and hosted enough major events and concerts to fill dozens of scrapbooks. But by 1999, the Leafs had played their last game there, and the fate of the Gardens was up in the air.

Today, Maple Leaf Gardens still lives – as Ryerson’s athletic centre. Get past the grocery store on ground level, and it boasts an athletic centre and basketball court above, and, up top, a hockey rink. Here’s a look at the Gardens today. – Barry Gray

Read Ken Peters’ Spectator story here: http://www.thespec.com/sports-story/5252916-not-your-father-s-gardens-anymore/

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. The marquee out front still says Maple Leaf Gardens. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. The marquee out front still says Maple Leaf Gardens. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. Ryerson's name on the outside marquee. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. Ryerson’s name on the outside marquee. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. The plaque outside the main entrance. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. The plaque outside the main entrance. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. The main lobby just inside the front entrance. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. The main lobby just inside the front entrance. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. The view looking up, heading up to the second floor.Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. The view looking up, heading up to the second floor.Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. A row of original seats, still in the same place they were when it was home to the Leafs. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. A row of original seats, still in the same place they were when it was home to the Leafs. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. The upper floor rink, that still boasts the high roof from the old days. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. The upper floor rink, that still boasts the high roof from the old days. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. Photo of Tim Horton on the wall. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. Photo of Tim Horton on the wall. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. items in a display case, from a time capsule Conn Smythe buried when the Gardens was built in 1931. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. items in a display case, from a time capsule Conn Smythe buried when the Gardens was built in 1931. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. The most famous hockey player of all, Wayne Gretzky, playing at the Gardens. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – Legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, perhaps the most famous hockey rink in Canada, is now home to the Ryerson Rams. it boasts a ground floor grocery store, second floor workout area and gymnasium, and upper floor arena. The halls are filled with old photos of famous concerts and sporting events that took place over the decades. The most famous hockey player of all, Wayne Gretzky, playing at the Gardens. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

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Mac Hoopsters Fall to Ryerson

McMaster men’s and women’s basketball teams are off to a solid start this season, and have been battling for spots in the upper reaches of their division. But on Saturday, both teams missed an opportunity to make a statement on the court, dropping games to the Ryerson Rams in Toronto. The lady Rams held off a late rally by Mac, holding on for an 80-77 win. On the men’s side, the 2 squads battled hard and traded leads back and forth for 3 quarters, before the Rams found another gear in the fourth quarter and pulled away, cruising to a comfortable 98-78 victory. Here’s a look at the action. – Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. McMaster's Rohan Boney goes up for a shot.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. McMaster’s Rohan Boney goes up for a shot. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. McMaster's Allyson Schweitzer goes up for a shot. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. McMaster’s Allyson Schweitzer goes up for a shot. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Mac's Hilary Hanaka takes the ball to the hoop.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Mac’s Hilary Hanaka takes the ball to the hoop. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Mac's Danielle Boiago drives to the basket.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Mac’s Danielle Boiago drives to the basket. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. McMaster's Linnaea Harper takes a shot.Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. McMaster’s Linnaea Harper takes a shot.Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Mac's Hilary Hanaka working to the hoop. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Mac’s Hilary Hanaka working to the hoop. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. McMaster's Hilary Hanaka fends off a Ryerson player. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. McMaster’s Hilary Hanaka fends off a Ryerson player. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Mac's Leon Alexander goes up for a shot. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Mac’s Leon Alexander goes up for a shot. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Marauders Addam Presutti finds little room to dribble past a Ryerson opponent. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Marauders Addam Presutti finds little room to dribble past a Ryerson opponent. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. A ball, 4 hands, and Mac's Rohan Boney at the basket. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. A ball, 4 hands, and Mac’s Rohan Boney at the basket. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Trevon McNeil finds Ryerson's defence tough at the hoop. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Trevon McNeil finds Ryerson’s defence tough at the hoop. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Mac's Troy Joseph takes the ball to the basket.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Mac’s Troy Joseph takes the ball to the basket. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. The 2 teams traded leads through 3 quarters until Ryerson took command in the 4th quarter for a convincing win. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. The 2 teams traded leads through 3 quarters until Ryerson took command in the 4th quarter for a convincing win. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. McMaster's Connor Gilmore fights for a loose ball. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. McMaster’s Connor Gilmore fights for a loose ball. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Aaron Redpath throws up a shot. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Aaron Redpath throws up a shot. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Rohan Boney fights his way to the hoop. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Rohan Boney fights his way to the hoop. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Marauders Leon Alexander in tough under the hoop. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Marauders Leon Alexander in tough under the hoop. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Leon Alexander takes a shot. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Leon Alexander takes a shot. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 - McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Adam Presutti dribbles around a Ryerson opponent. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Saturday, January 10, 2015 – McMaster Marauders vs. Ryerson Rams, OUA basketball action at Ryerson. Adam Presutti dribbles around a Ryerson opponent. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

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Tim Hortons Reopens First Store on Ottawa St.

Newcomers to Hamilton might wonder who, exactly, is Tim Horton? Because apparently, we have a shrine to him on virtually every corner.
Long before we reached this level of coffee saturation, it began with one store. Located on Ottawa Street North, begun by a Hamilton police officer and an NHL star, the first Tim Hortons opened on May 17, 1964.
Fifty years later, Hamiltonians still love their coffee, and we love our Timmies. So it only seems fitting that that first store received a major makeover this year. It has re-opened to rave reviews, offering all the standard treats, and more. It’s a two-storey, glass walled shrine to our revered doughnut shop.
On the upper level, it’s a Hortons history lesson: mugs, uniforms, photos, an original Timbit maker, and replicas of classic doughnuts. Out front, a bronze statue of Tim himself greets visitors. It all adds up to a fascinating look at a classic bit of Hamilton.
The official grand opening is slated for Wednesday. – Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29, 2014 - The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29, 2014 – The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29, 2014 - The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. A large bronze statue of Tim Horton stands next to the main entrance. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29, 2014 – The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. A large bronze statue of Tim Horton stands next to the main entrance. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29,2014 - The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. Replicas of the original sign and plaque from store one now hang on a wall leading upstairs. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29,2014 – The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. Replicas of the original sign and plaque from store one now hang on a wall leading upstairs. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29, 2014 - The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29, 2014 – The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29, 2014 - The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29, 2014 – The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29,2014 - The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. One of the early coffee bags. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29,2014 – The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. One of the early coffee bags. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29, 2014 - The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. This device was used to make Timbits. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29, 2014 – The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. This device was used to make Timbits. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29,2014 - The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. An early Timbit character cutter.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29,2014 – The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. An early Timbit character cutter. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29,2014 - The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. Replicas of some of the original donuts in a display upstairs. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29,2014 – The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. Replicas of some of the original donuts in a display upstairs. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29,2014 - The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. An early male uniform. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29,2014 – The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. An early male uniform. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29, 2014 - The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. An early pie plate.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29, 2014 – The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. An early pie plate. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29, 2014 - The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. A butterfly, an early donut.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29, 2014 – The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. A butterfly, an early donut. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29, 2014 - The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29, 2014 – The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29, 2014 - The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. An early hostess guide. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29, 2014 – The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. An early hostess guide. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29,2014 - The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. An early travel mug, selling for a whopping $1.25.   Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29,2014 – The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. An early travel mug, selling for a whopping $1.25. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29, 2014 - The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. A Timbank. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, December 29, 2014 – The original Tim Hortons store on Ottawa St. North has undergone a major makeover and reopened to the public. It now features a second floor largely devoted to memorabilia from the first 50 years. A Timbank. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

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