Top Things To Do
Chasing waterfalls across the city is a must-do
Hamilton is home to more than 100 waterfalls tucked behind the trails of the Niagara Escarpment that cuts through the city. They’re all found minutes from the downtown core. Now there’s something you won’t find anywhere else this close to home. For a guide to the some of the most popular waterfalls in the area, click here.
One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World
Niagara Falls is just a 50 minute drive away from Hamilton and is packed with attractions, dining and adventure. Hover over the falls in a helicopter, get an up-close experience in a jet boat or get an impressive view 775 feet above the falls in the Skylon Tower.
The city is a canvas
The street art scene continues to grow and inspire, offering a window into the city’s character and many stories. You’ll find one of the largest murals on the street at the corner of Charlton Avenue and Locke Street outside the insanely popular Donut Monster. This vibrant and whimsical design includes donuts, monsters, dinosaurs, a dragon and other characters straight from a fairy-tale. The little ducks on the bottom right corner represent the Vanderkwaak family, who own the shop. Create your own self-guided tour for a street-level gallery experience with our neighbourhood guides to just some of the murals to look for in the city.
The healing power of nature
Hamilton’s outdoor playground is here to help you answer the call to get outside for fresh air and quiet reflection with its vast trail network that includes scenic wintery routes and the Bruce Trail winding along the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. Best of all, these stunning walks are easy to reach and close to great attractions and dining and take-out. For a guide to the hottest hiking trails, click here.
Experience the charm and spirit of early Canada
Westfield is a stunning collection of over 35 historical buildings which has made Westfield one of the most interesting historical destinations in Ontario. Carefully restored and staffed with costumed interpreters, the buildings capture the true charm and spirit of early Canadian culture. Visitors may witness living history demonstrations and take part in guided tours of the 204-hectare site which is bordered by beautiful woodlands, meadows and trails.
From historic gems to modern masterpieces, Hamilton is blessed with a breathtaking stock of buildings. Put on your walking shoes and head out on this self-guided downtown walking tour and don’t forget to look up!
Fun fact: most of Hamilton is rural.
Hands-on farms, pick your own fields, apple orchards, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, markets, petting zoos, wineries and cider houses are all nearby and ready to experience. Click here, for 11 spots to visit in time for harvest season to help you get back to the land.
Awaken your senses at this open-air museum
Bragging rights at Canada’s largest botanical garden include some of the largest flower gardens in the world, endless trails and dazzling year-round events and programming. Their mandate to bring people, plants, and nature together has won this attraction a huge following and many repeat visitors. Discover Hamilton’s own paradise found for yourself at the Royal Botanical Garden.
Binge-worth shows and movies filmed in Hamilton
From its endless greenspace and lake-side locale to historic neighbourhoods and urban vibe, it’s no wonder the city has become part of the Hollywood North movement. Click here to find out what shows have been filmed in Hamilton and the destinations you can visit to recreate your favourite scenes