Located at the head of the lake, the City of Hamilton encompasses Hamilton proper; the communities of Dundas, Ancaster, Flamborough, Glanbrook, Stoney Creek; smaller communities such as Mount Hope, Lynden, Sheffield, and Troy and hamlets like Crook's Hollow, Carluke, Mountsberg, Valens, Westover, Rockton, Greensville, Kirkwall, Jerseyville, Elfrida, Winona.
Visiting Hamilton is easy by car, plane, bus and train. John C. Munro's International Airport with its two main passenger carriers WestJet and newest carrier arrival CanJet makes Hamilton a growing destination of choice for visitors from Western and Eastern Canada. For up to minute travel planning assistance to Hamilton, please consult Tourism Hamilton's website at www.hamiltonundiscovered.com. The site has air, road and rail information for your reference.
Within our Association of over 25 Bed and Breakfasts throughout Greater Hamilton, you will find bridal suites, Jacuzzi and sauna facilities, art galleries, compassionate stays, wheelchair accessibility, short term and long term stays, country settings with gardens and gazebos, onsite museums, kosher meals and Shabbatons, outdoor pools, and getaways personalized to your needs.
Our Association is here to help you plan a personal and heart-warming stay in Hamilton from touring to dining to shopping ideas.
through Shopping, Outdoors, History, Heritage, Fun and the Performing Arts
Hamilton's Performing Arts
Hamilton Place is an acoustical jewel, presenting plays, opera, musicals and a full range of orchestra, concerts and special events. Copps Coliseum, a superior entertainment and sports facility, accommodate 17,500 for large-scale events such as Hamilton Bulldogs, Walt Disney on Ice and The Canadian Figure Skating Championships. World-class productions at Theatre Aquarius feature contemporary dramas, warm comedies, sparkling musicals and classic children's shows from September to April. The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra offers mesmerizing performances from the masterworks of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Sibelius. Hamilton's Tivoli Theatre showcases amateur performances of Broadway's most renowned productions. The Staircase Theatre Café is a very unique variety of entertainment and dining, where dramatic and comedy plays and performers keep you on the edge of your seat. Come join us for ongoing performances and be blown away by their STAR POWER.
Explore Hamilton's Great Outdoors
Sprawling grounds operated by the Hamilton Conservation Authority offer swimming, fishing, hiking, cycling and feasting. Over 20 waterfalls hide among the cool waters, peaceful meadows, towering pine forests and boundless trails like the famous Bruce Trail awaiting exploration. Experience the "Carolinian forest" as you walk or ride along the 40-kilometre trail system at the Dundas Valley Conservation Area. The waterfront's 3.4-kilometre trail travels along the shore of Hamilton Harbour from Princess Point to Bayfront Park, and through the Desjardins Canal. The annual Around-the-Bay Road Race brings both runners and spectators to our city. Stroll up and down cobble-stoned Hess Village. pictured at the top of this page, and sit in one of the many delightful outdoor cafés for a tasty meal or a refreshing drink.
Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens' five display gardens and four nature sanctuaries. The Royal Botanical Gardens holds annual events, such as the Mediterranean Food & Wine Festival every February, where countries like Italy, Spain and Israel are represented.
Hamilton: Rich with History and Heritage
Visitors relive the late 18th and 19th century through guided tours of Battlefield House Museum and its grounds, home to the Gage family. The Battle of Stoney Creek was fought here in 1813. Watch history come alive at Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton, demonstrating life from the 18th and 19th centuries. Over 30 historic buildings are surrounded by 324 acres of well-preserved natural woodlands and meadows. One of Hamilton's renowned landmarks is Dundurn Castle, built in 1855 by Sir Alan MacNab, former Canadian prime minister. Experience life in the grand country estate, home to the MacNab family, by observing baking in the lower-level kitchen then accepting the kitchen maid's offer of cookies baked by the family Chef. Mmmmm - delicious!
Family Fun in Hamilton
The African Lion Safari, an educationally unique wildlife experience, features rare animals roaming freely as you drive through Game Reserves. Hamilton has two sports teams, the Hamilton Tiger Cats Football Team and Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Team, which provide wild, competitive sporting action. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is the world's largest display of operational aircraft. The Museum offers daily flights in the Warplane yellow plane in the photograph to the left. Kids, don't forget the fun at The Children's Museum.
Enjoy a variety of shopping experiences in some of Hamiltons malls and street shopping districts. Some malls include Jackson's Square, The Centre Mall and Limeridge Mall. Street shopping districts offer everything from Walker's Chocolates at Westdale Village, to Locke Street Interiors and the Collectibles at Locke Street Antique & Modern Shopping District, to Fabric and Upholstery stores at Ottawa St. Shopping District. Not to be overlooked is our wonderful Hamilton Farmers Market, for the freshest fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses as well as some speciality items such as flowers, arts and crafts.
Special Events in the Countryside
Spend some relaxing time strolling in Hamilton's countryside with much to see and do. There are many country and antique markets in Hamilton's west end located in Flamborough, Dundas and Ancaster. There are many activities and special events for visitor's at Westfield Heritage Village which is nestled in Rockton's countryside. Spend the day enjoying the Dutch Mill Country Market, Lindley's Farm & Market and Dyment Farms. To the east of Hamilton enjoy some time in the heart of Niagara in the Stoney Creek and Winona at E.D. Smith Fruit Farms Inc. and Puddicombe Estate Farms & Winery. Consult Tourism Hamilton's website www.hamiltonundiscovered.com for touring ideas to Hamilton.