Hamilton

Travel Guide
Hamilton featuring a house and a garden

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.

Waterfront Hotel Downtown Burlington
Waterfront Hotel Downtown Burlington
3 out of 5
2020 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON
The price is CA $116 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Situated in Burlington, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Spencer Smith Lakefront Park, Lake Ontario, and Burlington City Hall. Burlington ...
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"Great location"

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Waterfront Hotel Downtown Burlington
Visitors Inn
Visitors Inn
3.5 out of 5
649 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON
The price is CA $121 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Situated in Hamilton, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, McMaster University, and FirstOntario Centre. Hamilton Convention ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (972 reviews)
"Great property for our one night stay. Our room was clean and well-kept. Access to the highway was very easy, and it was close to various restaurants and amenities. We would stay here again."

Reviewed on Nov. 27, 2021

Visitors Inn
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
3.5 out of 5
116 King St W, Hamilton, ON
The price is CA $146 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
Located in Central Hamilton, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Art Gallery of Hamilton and FirstOntario Centre. McMaster University and Hamilton Convention ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (988 reviews)
"Overall, we enjoyed our stay at the property in downtown Hamilton. It is close walking distance to many restaurants. We only had a few minor issues with the property, none of which would prevent us from staying there again next time. The bathtub did not drain well, and the underground parking garage ..."

Reviewed on Nov. 27, 2021

Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
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Simply Comfort. DUNDURN LOFTS
Simply Comfort. DUNDURN LOFTS
3.5 out of 5
220 Dundurn St South, Hamilton, ON
The price is CA $129 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 3
Located in Kirkendall North, this condo building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, McMaster University, and Hamilton Convention ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (47 reviews)
"Love the openness, and location, did not like the hassle to register, but to be fair we where tired and had no patience left."

Reviewed on Oct. 9, 2021

Simply Comfort. DUNDURN LOFTS
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 $130 per night from Dec 26 to Dec 26
Located in Central Hamilton, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hamilton City Hall and FirstOntario Centre. McMaster University and Hamilton Convention ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,057 reviews)
"Room was spacious, clean and bed was comfortable. Breakfast was good."

Reviewed on Nov. 29, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Homewood Suites by Hilton Burlington
Homewood Suites by Hilton Burlington
3 out of 5
975 Syscon Rd, Burlington, ON
The price is CA $144 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
Situated in the business district, this eco-friendly aparthotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Bronte Creek Provincial Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Amazing Adventures ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (330 reviews)
"Hospitality is awesome as always I recommend them to everyone"

Reviewed on Nov. 22, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Burlington
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