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Hamilton
Travel Guide

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

Sandman Hotel Hamilton
Sandman Hotel Hamilton
3.5 out of 5
560 Centennial Parkway North, Hamilton, ON
The price is CA $105 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2

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

4.3/5Excellent! (1,210 reviews)

"Great staff and a quiet room. It's the first hotel I think of when traveling to Hamilton."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 25, 2021

Sandman Hotel Hamilton
Visitors Inn
Visitors Inn
3.5 out of 5
649 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON
The price is CA $109 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (987 reviews)

"The room was nice with the jetted tub i like how its clean anf the windows open for fresh air"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 26, 2021

Visitors Inn
Waterfront Hotel Downtown Burlington
Waterfront Hotel Downtown Burlington
3 out of 5
2020 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON
The price is CA $98 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (990 reviews)

"The parking lot was not ploughed by the time we had to leave. We had to trudge through very deep snow"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2021

Waterfront Hotel Downtown Burlington
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Hamilton

Staybridge Suites Hamilton Downtown
Staybridge Suites Hamilton Downtown
3 out of 5
20 Caroline St S, Hamilton, ON
The price is CA $142 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Located in Central Hamilton, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton City Hall, and FirstOntario Centre. Hamilton Convention ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (733 reviews)

"Layout was good, some issues with the bathroom toilet otherwise very clean. Staff was very helpful"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 4, 2021

Staybridge Suites Hamilton Downtown
Simply Comfort. DUNDURN LOFTS
Simply Comfort. DUNDURN LOFTS
3.5 out of 5
220 Dundurn St South, Hamilton, ON
The price is CA $89 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Located in Kirkendall North, this condo building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, FirstOntario Centre, and Hamilton Convention ...

4/5Very Good! (21 reviews)

"the property was great, convenient location, pool table in common area, and very clean. my only complaint is that there was no clear instructions as to how to check out. i was uncomfortable leaving the door unlocked with the keys on the table. although that was the way the room was left for me i ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 2, 2020

Simply Comfort. DUNDURN LOFTS
New Listing .....Sun Rise Home , Unlimited  High Speed Internet And Much More!
New Listing .....Sun Rise Home , Unlimited High Speed Internet And Much More!
Hamilton, ON

This family-friendly vacation home is located in the city center, within 1 mi (2 km) of Juravinksi Hospital and Cancer Center and Zoetic Theatre. FirstOntario ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
Excellent house and location

"This house is in a great location near parks and a wonderful view over the city of Hamilton. The house was very clean with very fast internet, air conditioning and a small quiet yard with lots of shade. I enjoyed my stay and would definitely return."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 9, 2020

New Listing .....Sun Rise Home , Unlimited High Speed Internet And Much More!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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