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Thanks to a burgeoning art scene and network of green spaces, the once-industrial town of Hamilton is enjoying its day in the sun. 

When George Hamilton created his eponymous city in the early 19th century, he probably didn’t imagine it would become such a creative center. Hamilton is, after all, an industrial town at heart. Steel and manufacturing have long been the economic mainstays in this Ontario community, and factories still shoot through the skyline.

In recent decades, however, Hamilton vacation packages have shifted to incorporate more artistic holidays. It’s no wonder; Canada’s ninth-largest metropolitan area is studded with gorgeous green spaces, impressive museums, and an almost overwhelming array of multicultural restaurants. Adventurous tourists can get their kicks at the nearby waterfalls, and luxury lovers swear by the local boutiques. Hamilton travel offers something for everyone.

Start your Hamilton vacations with a tour of the most creative sights. The Art Gallery of Hamilton is the best spot to check out Canadian masterpieces, and the McMaster Museum of Art regularly features special events and lectures. Downtown’s James Street is an incredible place to get a taste of the city’s funky personality, and you’ll find so-cool art galleries and hip cafes dotted along its sidewalks. Take the extra time to browse the shops on nearby King, Ottawa, and Locke Streets. The antiquing in this area is top notch, and you’ll likely score a few cheap Hamilton deals and discounts.

From King Street, grab the free shuttle to the waterfront for a peek at the Pier 4 Park and a hike along the Princess Point trail. Outdoor enthusiasts can satisfy their sense of adventure at the nearby Tew’s Falls, and families can soak up the scenery — and hit the local beach — at the Christie Lake Conservation Area.

Of course, every trip to Hamilton should include a jaunt through the city’s historical wonders. The 19th-century Dundurn Castle is an absolute must, but don’t skip surrounding sights like the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology. If you’re traveling during early May, you can even take part in Doors Open Hamilton, an annual festival designed to give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the community’s oldest and most remarkable buildings. It's a great way to explore the region's history from an insider's perspective.

Top Hotels in Hamilton

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Sandman Hotel Hamilton
Sandman Hotel Hamilton
3.5 out of 5
560 Centennial Parkway North, Hamilton, ON
The price is CA $105 per night

Situated in the shopping district, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lake Ontario, Confederation Park and Adventure Village. Wild Waterworks and Eastgate ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,088 reviews)

"During this time with the virus, the staff were well organized with cleaning and having multiple instruction signs through out the hotel. Even though they could not open their restaurant, they managed to have a nice patio set up for guests."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 5, 2020

Sandman Hotel Hamilton
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
3 out of 5
40 Bay Street South, Hamilton, ON
The price is CA $144 per night

Located in Central Hamilton, this hotel is steps away from Hamilton City Hall and Hamilton Convention Centre. FirstOntario Centre and McMaster University are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (990 reviews)

"This property made us feel very safe and welcome !"…"

Reviewed on Jun. 18, 2020

Homewood Suites by Hilton Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton
Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton
3 out of 5
1224 Upper James St, Hamilton, ON
The price is CA $135 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Lazermania and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Mohawk College. Chedoke Falls is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

4.3/5Excellent! (523 reviews)

"The courtyard looks unattended by cleaning crew but due to covid and limited staff it is understandable . Hope they can fix the problem soon and open up everything"…"

Reviewed on Jun. 20, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton

Top things to do in Hamilton

Private Wine & Chocolate Tour
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Private Wine & Chocolate Tour

CA $305
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Niagara Beach Trail Ride
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Niagara Beach Trail Ride

CA $73
Per adult
Niagara Adventure Beach Trail Ride
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Niagara Adventure Beach Trail Ride

CA $90
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
3 Hour Exotic Car Tour with 4-5 Cars in Niagara Wine Country
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3 Hour Exotic Car Tour with 4-5 Cars in Niagara Wine Country

CA $479
Per adult
Exotic or Supercar Test drive
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Exotic or Supercar Test drive

CA $199
Per adult
Limousine service
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Limousine service

CA $11
Per adult

Reviews of Hamilton

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
145
5 - Excellent 16.95906432748538%
4 - Good
446
4 - Good 52.16374269005848%
3 - Okay
226
3 - Okay 26.432748538011698%
2 - Disappointing
24
2 - Disappointing 2.807017543859649%
1 - Terrible
14
1 - Terrible 1.6374269005847952%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Apr 17, 2020

Noisy hotel if you want party that’s ok otherwise not a place to get rest

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 8, 2020

Dont go with out navigation, difficult to find your way around, many one way streets some with center of the road parking.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 7, 2020

Hate all the one way streets! It makes what should be easily accessible locations a nightmare to get to!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 29, 2020

We love the city and the hotel we chose after leaving this one. In town for a dance competition.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 23, 2020

McMaster university's health sciences building is cool. The houses seemed nice but are a bit small and not very aesthetically pleasing.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 22, 2020

Locke Street area was trendy and pretty - lots of shops and services in a nicely rehabbed older neighbourhood.

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