Why Hamilton?

Art Gallery of Hamilton

Rich in history and culture and surrounded by spectacular nature, Hamilton, Ontario is a city like no other. Unique for its distinctive urban feel and vibrant arts and culture, Hamilton also boasts deep roots and a proud history. Bounded by the picturesque southern shores of Lake Ontario and the lush trails of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Hamilton offers incredible access to conservation and recreation lands, amazing waterfalls, and is a natural playground for cyclists, hikers, boaters and outdoor adventurers.

Pier 4

Hamilton boasts endless experiences for the most discerning traveler. Take an exhilarating trip through nature’s most beautiful work at the Royal Botanical Gardens; commemorate one of Canada’s most pivotal moments during the Bicentennial of the War of 1812; set your sights on Canada’s living military history at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and the HMCS Haida; drive through African Lion Safari’s animal game reserves and get up-close with Lions and Giraffes; wander through one of the finest collections of art in Canada at the Art Gallery of Hamilton; take a leisurely stroll through the stalls at one of Hamilton’s local farmer’s market; find your sense of play at top-ranked golf course, or catch future stars in action at a Hamilton Bulldogs AHL game.

Supercrawl

On your travels you’ll find award-winning restaurants across Hamilton with committed chefs attracted by the high-quality seasonal produce across the region. Be sure to track down a local food truck for a curbside meal and rediscover that some foodie pleasures never fade; enjoy fish and chips on the beach, an afternoon ice cream on the waterfront, tea in a quaint café or tasting fine wine made by award winning wine-makers.

Rowing in Hamilton Harbour

Ideally located in the heart of the country’s most popular travel destinations, the City of Hamilton lies halfway between Toronto and Niagara Falls, less than an hour from each, making it an ideal destination, an attractive overnight detour, or a convenient stopover.

Plan your trip with this website to experience some of Hamilton’s hidden gems, unique communities and sure bets that are known only to the ‘locals’. Need a map? Want suggestions for dinner? Need help planning activities or booking a tour? Be sure to visit the new Tourism Hamilton Visitor Centre to make all your Hamilton plans. Our friendly and professional Travel Counsellor team will help you plan an extra special visit.