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Hamilton, also known as the Ambitious City, is a port city in Ontario. It has over 530,000 residents, and the metropolitan area, which includes Burlington and Grimsby, has a population of 770,000. Hamilton is 58 km southwest of Toronto and is a part of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Hamilton is the 10th most populated city in Canada and the 5th most populated city in Ontario. Consistent with many cities in Ontario, Hamilton is experiencing growth primarily due to newcomers moving to the region.
Hamilton is home to the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the Bruce Trail, McMaster University, Redeemer University College and Mohawk College.
Hamilton’s McMaster University was named Canada’s most innovative ‘medical doctoral’ university eight times in the last 11 years in Maclean’s annual ranking of universities. The university’s student-centred, problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning has been adopted by many universities worldwide. Established in 1887, the university offers health care, engineering, business, social sciences, science, and humanities research and education programs. In 2000, St. Catharines’ Brock University opened a satellite Teachers College in Hamilton. The on-campus Faculty of Education encompasses a pre-service department, graduate studies in education and continuing education. Hamilton also has many private colleges where residents can learn a new trade or skill to better prepare to enter the workforce. These include Trios College, CDI College, National Academy of Health & Business, and Academy of Learning College.
Central Hamilton is made up of several neighbourhoods, each with particular characteristics. The downtown core consists mostly of businesses and corporate buildings, with some new condominium buildings. Radiating out from this business district, residential neighbourhoods of early 20th-century family homes offer a charming neighbourhood atmosphere while remaining conveniently located. Hamilton boasts a robust ‘Public school’ system – Public schools in Hamilton and the surrounding area fall under the purview of the Hamilton and Wentworth District School Board, whose 104 schools in Hamilton and the surrounding area educate almost 50,000 K-12 students. The Hamilton and Wentworth District Catholic School Board runs 55 elementary and high schools with a Catholic-focused curriculum.
Hamilton is well known for producing steel for other kinds of heavy manufacturing–has earned the nickname “Steeltown.” The Hamilton area is the most industrialized section of Canada. It is known as the steel capital of the country for a reason. Hamilton produces 60% of Canada’s steel through two prominent companies – Stelco and Dofasco. Traditionally, the local economy has been led by the steel and heavy manufacturing industries. Although, there has been a shift towards other sectors such as health and sciences in the last decade.
Hamilton’s major industries include manufacturing, chemical engineering, construction, bioscience and medicine.
Fun Fact: The first Tim Hortons opened in Hamilton! The Canadian restaurant chain, Tim Hortons, is known for its coffee, doughnuts and connection to Canada’s national identity. It was founded in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario, at 65 Ottawa Street North. Today, it’s not just a corporation – it’s a cultural icon!
Residents and visitors alike can agree that Hamilton is a city for drivers. While the public transit system (quaintly named the “Hamilton Street Railway”, or HSR, in reference to the good old days of streetcars) covers a broad swathe of the city, its ridership is low, and locals resoundingly find cars more convenient. There are a couple of car-sharing initiatives in Hamilton. Taxi alternatives Uber and Lyft also operate in Hamilton and the surrounding area.
John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport has grown to become one of Canada’s largest domestic air-cargo distribution and commercial airports. VIA Rail has a stop in Hamilton – which connects Windsor to Quebec.
The regional GO transit system runs buses and trains to several stops in the Hamilton area, making the journey to Toronto in about an hour depending on where in Hamilton you start from. The Lakeshore West train line services Hamilton, and the network also expands further up into Ontario, going as far as Barrie in the north, Oshawa in the east, and Kitchener in the west.
However, getting a bike in Hamilton might still be a good idea as there are miles of trails aimed at bikers. Biking is extremely popular as a leisure and fitness pursuit in the area but less common as a way to get from A to B.
Hamilton manages to combine a small-town feel with an urban infrastructure, so while it may seem like a big bustling city, locals living in Hamilton can be disarmingly friendly.
Not sure where to begin? Start here at the largest and oldest art museum in southwest Ontario. The Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH) is home to a permanent collection considered one of the country’s best.
On the second Friday of every month, James Street North is transformed into a friendly street party, showcasing the city’s artists, crafters and downtown businesses. These lively evenings are a one-stop-shop where you can experience eclectic art, music, and food – perfect for shopping local!
Every September, the downtown core shuts down to car traffic for an epic music and art-inspired block party called Supercrawl. Supercrawl is a large art and music festival that attracts more than 200,000 visitors each September. This annual off-shoot of monthly Art Crawls has been going strong for over a decade. The free weekend-long festival showcases a dynamic lineup of music, art, fashion, performance, talks, crafts, and food. There’s nothing in the region – like it!
Hamilton is home to many unique attractions such as Dundurn Castle, Royal Botanical Gardens, and African Lion Safari. You can expect street art and public art to be scattered around the city and always look forward to the Annual AGH BMO World Film Festival.
Hamiltonians take their food seriously, and its culinary scene is growing. Many focus on locally-grown ingredients from the fertile soils of southern Ontario, but there’s also a massive variety of cuisines from around the world.
Trendy areas for dining out include James Street North, King William, and Locke Street, where brunch, lunch, and dinner options are plentiful. You also don’t have to head downtown to get a great meal. Nearby towns such as Dundas and Ancaster feature many hidden gems to discover. Local restaurants, shops, and amenities have sprung up in many neighbourhoods. Hip eateries and cafes, nestled between family homes on James Street, North and Locke Street, give a lively community feel.
Augusta Street has many popular bars to choose from if you’re heading downtown, offering anything from cheap beers to fancy and obscure cocktails.
Hamilton is best known for its waterfalls, with more than 100 in the city area. There are also several parks and conservation areas that genuinely display the beauty of its surroundings, perfect for canoeing, hiking, and relaxing outdoors. Surrounded by the picturesque Lake Ontario and the trails and mountains of the Niagara Escarpment is the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Looking for hiking trails, bike trails or perfect spots to escape the city? Head to Valens Lake Conservation Area, RBG Hendrie Valley Sanctuary, Royal Botanical Gardens, Felker’s Falls Conservation Area!
Hamilton is home to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). In 2021, they were the host to the Grey Cup, in which the hometown Tiger-Cats played the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The city is also home to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
Hamilton also hosts several free concerts in the city, most of which are held in the summer months. Shows are generally located at Gore Park, Whitehern Museum, International Village, Sam Lawrence Park, Lloyd D. Jackson Square and the Hamilton Farmers Market.
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