Hamilton is located on the western end of the Niagara Peninsula and wraps around the westernmost part of Lake Ontario; most of the city, including the downtown section, is on the south shore. Hamilton is situated in the geographic centre of the Golden Horsehoe and is roughly the midway point between Toronto and Buffalo, New York.
There’s more than history to Hamilton. This is a community of vibrant neighbourhoods, each with a distinct character. Westdale, Ancaster and Dundas offer culturally rich and exciting areas for dining, visiting galleries, and shopping. In downtown Hamilton, James Street North is a bustling engine of artistic energy with new galleries and emerging artists making their homes here. Locke Street is the place for antiques, collectibles and cafes, while Hess Village, with its cobbled streets, upscale dining and funky club scene swings till the wee hours. The Waterfront district has become a Mecca for hikers, boarders and water sport enthusiasts. In the East end, there is a cornucopia of ethnic cultures, whose food stores and shops, like the bargain-priced fabric emporiums on Ottawa Street, are a buyer’s delight.
One of the best ways to view all Hamilton has to offer is from the hillside of Sam Lawrence Park. Hamilton combines effortless vacations that allow visitors peace and modern retreats showcasing some very important Canadian historic sites and nature parks. Guests will certainly find splendor in Mother Nature’s finest at the Royal Botanical Gardens. However, airplane fanatics could make the most of their trip to Hamilton by visiting the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and learn of all the events that occurred in Canada’s early aviation at war. Plus, if history is a passion, don’t miss out on Canada’s most famous warship the HMCS Haida National Historic Site. Famous stops would also have to include Dundurn Castle, the African Lion Safari Park, Christ the King Cathedral, and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
Hamilton is home to the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the Bruce Trail, McMaster University and several colleges. Families will enjoy a visit to the waterfront’s Parks Canada Discovery Centre and the HMS Haida, Canada’s most famous warship. The African Lion Safari, north of Hamilton, is a perennial favourite with both adults and children. For fun in the water, Wild Waterworks has one of Canada’s largest outdoor wave pools and giant body slides.
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The museum houses McMaster University's significant collection of 6,000 works of art and presents changing public programmes. Highlights include the Herman H. Levy Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art.
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Griffin House stands as a testament to the bravery and determination of black men and women who journeyed to freedom in Southern Ontario by the Underground Railroad.
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Over 50 years of providing
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Art Gallery of Hamilton is home to a comprehensive collection of Canadian historical, contemporary art and an impressive European collection. AGH hosts an exciting schedule of varied exhibitions and programming.
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Discover Canadian military history at the Hamilton Military Museum!
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This region's largest and oldest fully professional orchestra with 10 concerts each season at Hamilton Place - from Classical to Jazz. Artistic Director, James Sommerville.
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The HPYO provides an opportunity for young musicians from Hamilton and area, to develop their skills and share their knowledge of music with the community, through the performance of music.
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The Hamilton Children's Museum is an exciting and interactive destination for young children.
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The people and events that have shaped the Dundas community come to life through the museum's collections and programming. Highlighted is the exhibit 'Cradled in the Valley: Stories of Dundas'.
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The Canadian Football Hall of Fame promotes all levels of Canadian football through exhibits and interactives.
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Immerse yourself in beautiful music and theatre with Mozart's The Magic Flute; Massenet's Werther; and Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Don't miss Popera, featuring the most popular songs in all operatic repertoire.
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Fieldcote is a cultural heritage centre with an emphasis on the collection,
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The Gage Homestead, built in 1796, captures the way of life during the early 19th century.
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Visit Dundurn Castle, the magnificent home of Sir Allan Napier MacNab, one of Canada's first premiers.
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Professional full-sized orchestra performing fine classical concerts at affordable prices in the Hamilton and Burlington regions. Conducted by James R. McKay, performances are at the Royal Botanical Gardens.
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Prominently situated in a walled garden, Whitehern is an outstanding example of a mid 19th century urban estate originally owned by a wealthy industrialist.
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Take a peek into life at the beginning of Canada's industrial revolution.
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he Carnegie is a non profit, charitable community organization. The best in local and regional fine art and craft is available in the shop and gallery.
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Enjoy world-class productions at Hamilton's professional theatre, September to May. Featuring traditional and contemporary dramas, warm comedies, sparkling musicals, classic children's shows in a state of the art facility.
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Home to over 40 aircraft from WWII to military jets; including an operational Avro Lancaster. Vintage aircraft flying*, restaurant, gift shop, displays, guided tours and lots of plane fun!
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Visual art instruction for students ranging from pre-school to senior citizens. The in-house Dofasco Gallery showcases the work of local and regional artists, full & part-time programs.
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This Gothic Revival farmhouse, carriage house and 2 acres of picnic grounds was the 1897 birthplace of an early women's movement: the Women's Institutes. Guided tours.
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