Exit when you see Cootes Paradise on your right and to your left you'll see magnificent 1933 Christ the King Cathedral towering out of the trees. You'll be passing the eastern end of the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Cross the McQueston Bridge spanning the Desjardins Canal. It's a beautiful example of a 1930s depression make-work (stimulus) project. You'll want to drive slowly and enjoy the approaching vista with fellow cyclists in the dedicated lane.
Continue on this road, where you'll see the uniqueness of Hamilton's industrial deep-sea port in the distance and the contrasting natural beauty of the western harbour.
When you come to the stop light with the 18,000 sq ft. Dundurn Castle built from 1832-1835 and the surrounding park grounds on your left, continue straight through the light.
You will then be approaching downtown Hamilton. You won't miss it because you'll see the mix of skyscraping office and residential buildings.
Copps Coliseum will be on your right.
There is a parking garage just past the Farmers' Market and unique-styled brutalist Central Library. Otherwise, you'll find parking under the block of Copps Coliseum, Jackson Square, and the Sheraton Hotel.
Enjoy the game. Afterwards I suggest staying in the area and experience the downtown amenities. Leave your car because you can walk to the AGH, Jackson Square Mall, Gore Park and the surrounding restaurants tucked away.
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