Getting there & around
Paget Parish is crossed from west to east by three main roads: Harbour Rd along the north shore, Middle Rd in the central area and South Rd along the south shore.
There's no bus service along Harbour Rd, but that area is connected to the City of Hamilton by public ferry and sections of it are within walking distance of Middle Rd bus stops.
The two main bus routes through the parish are No 8, which runs from Hamilton to the Royal Naval Dockyard via Middle Rd, and bus No 7, which runs between the same two points but via South Rd. Both buses operate once every 15 minutes during the day Monday to Saturday and about once every 30 minutes in the evening and on Sunday. The last No 7 bus leaves Hamilton at 9:15pm (6pm Sunday), and the last No 8 bus departs at 11:45pm (10:45pm Sunday). The once-hourly bus No 1 and the frequent bus No 2 run to parts of the parish but stop short of the western extent of it.
From the City of Hamilton you can take bus No 1, 2 or 7 to get to the hospital ($3, 10 minutes) or the adjacent botanical gardens. Bus No 2, 7 and 8 stop at Paget village ($3, 14 minutes) and nearby Paget Marsh. To get to Elbow Beach ($3, 17 minutes) catch Bus No 2 or 7.
The Pink Route of the public ferry connects the north side of Paget with the City of Hamilton, making a 20-minute roundtrip loop from Hamilton that stops at Lower Ferry, Hodson's Ferry and Salt Kettle Wharf along the way. An exception is in the evening and on Sunday, when some sailings skip the Lower Ferry stop.
In addition, some of the ferries, mainly those that operate from 9am to 4pm, but also a few in the evenings, continue on to Warwick, stopping at Darrell's Wharf and Belmont Wharf before returning to Hamilton. On the ferries that serve both Paget and Warwick, the whole trip from Hamilton via all five stops takes only 36 minutes, so you're never long on the ferry and the ride is scenic as it weaves through the harbor islands.
The cost between any two points on this route is $2.50 one way. The boats, which run from 7:15am to 9:45pm, leave Hamilton about once every 30 minutes. On Saturday the first ferry leaves Hamilton at 8:15am. On Sunday and holidays the ferry operates about once an hour from 10am to 7pm.
Bicycles can be rented at Eve's Cycles(236-6247; 114 Middle Rd) and at Elbow Beach Cycles (236-9237; 60 South Rd).