Known locally as “The Hammer” or “Steeltown” for its industrial roots, Hamilton is celebrated for being home to some of Ontario’s best natural attractions and eclectic neighbourhoods like Westdale Village.

Explore Hamilton’s lush nature conservatories, walk scenic hiking trails like the Cootes Paradise Trails and visit over 100 waterfalls in the Niagara Escarpment.

Hamilton is also renowned for its local arts, culture and culinary scenes. Talented chefs and craft brewers have helped put the city on the foodie map. Galleries, museums and live music in Hamilton are a must-see for culture lovers.

Map of Hamilton

Where is Hamilton?

Hamilton is located on the western end of Lake Ontario. Just an hour’s drive from Toronto, Niagara or London, Hamilton makes for a perfect day trip.

It’s also connected by VIA Rail, GO Transit and bus services including Coach Canada.

The John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is a 15-minute drive from downtown Hamilton while the Toronto Pearson International Airport is about an hour’s drive away.

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Things to know about Hamilton

Waterfalls, historic tours, amazing food—discover everything that awaits you in Hamilton.

Explore nature

As the “City of Waterfalls,” Hamilton boasts over one hundred famous falls like Albion Falls, Devil’s Punchbowl, Smokey Hollow Falls, Sherman Falls and the magnificent Webster’s Falls.

Eat and drink

Enjoy local beer at Collective Arts Brewing and cider at West Avenue Cider. Explore nearby wineries that offer stunning views of the Niagara Escarpment and the Toronto skyline.

History comes alive

Check out national historic sites like Dundurn Castle and Whitehern Historic House and Garden or explore spooky haunted places in Hamilton with the Haunted Hamilton Ghost Walk.

Go shopping

If you’re looking for antique shops in Hamilton, stop by Freelton Antique Mall. Open since 1996, this mall features over 200 vendors selling high-quality antiques and collectibles.

See a sports game

If racing’s your speed, check out Flamboro Speedway. Sports lovers can also catch a Hamilton Tiger-Cats football game, Forge Soccer Club game or Hamilton Cardinals baseball game. 

Experience arts and culture

With over 100,000 historical, contemporary and international works of art, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is worth a visit. You can also stop by the experiential McMaster Museum of Art.

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Last updated: June 14, 2024

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