Following are three commercial postcards showing different locations in Dundurn Park during the pre-WW1 era.
As seen from York street.
Deer pen near the bluff.
Cages to south of castle.
An article from the Hamilton Times, January 9, 1914 :
“Anyone who cares to take a trip through Dundurn Park at this season of the year will be immediately impressed with the scene of desolation that this summer beauty spot now presents. Slush is everywhere, the castle is closed and shrouded in gloom, and to see the animals, it would be necessary to hunt up the caretaker to have him take you into the cages, which are heated to tropical warmth, and even at that, one or two of the monkeys would rush to the corner and whimper as the cold air from the door would strike them. It is interesting to note that the bears do not go to sleep for the winter, though occasionally one will take a nap that lasts for several days. It is said that during the winter months they eat very little, spending most of their time in a semi-conscious state. The rest of the animals have a normal appetite, and the feeding of these and the shoveling of snow keeps the caretaker pretty well employed.”
Postcards courtesy http://www.hamiltonpostcards.com. Thanks Janet