Visiting Hamilton


Hamilton: The Secret’s Out

Prepare to discover a Hamilton you don’t know. Tourism Hamilton’s new video #SecretsOut lets viewers in on the incredible beauty of a city on the rise. Look deeper, listen closer, and discover a city that’s sure to surprise you. Find out what we’ve known all along. Where the arts thrive. Nature surrounds. And history is revealed. A good secret is hard to keep. Hamilton: It’s in our character. Visit Tourism Hamilton.


Hamilton offers exciting arts and culture for visitors and locals.

Monthly art crawls along James Street North bring thousands of art-lovers downtown on the second Friday of every month to enjoy the arts district’s studios, galleries, restaurants and stores, all open late for this well-known event. 

The beautiful Art Gallery of Hamilton and one of the country’s leading university art collections, McMaster Museum of Art, are also in Hamilton. There are artistic areas in neighbourhoods across the city, with more and more artists and creative professionals moving to Hamilton.

Food lovers will enjoy Hamilton’s diverse restaurants including fine-dining, international food, farmers’ markets, craft breweries, locally roasted coffee and a popular food truck scene.

As one of the oldest cities in the province, Hamilton has a fascinating historical heritage

The city is full of beautiful architecture, incredible museums and many landmarks. Its 15 National Historic Sites include Dundurn CastleHMCS HaidaHamilton Museum of Steam & Technology and the newly enhanced Rock Garden at Royal Botanical Gardens.

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the country’s largest flying air museum, is also in Hamilton and features one of only two air-worthy Lancaster bombers left in the world.

Hamilton is located between the southern shores of Lake Ontario and the lush landscape of the Niagara Escarpment.

The city offers easy access to conservation and recreation lands, a natural playground for cyclists, hikers, boaters and other outdoor adventurers

More than 100 beautiful waterfalls are located near the escarpment’s wooded trails, just minutes from the city’s downtown core. Visitors can also enjoy waterfronts at the West Harbour and the Beachfront. Outdoor family attractions include Royal Botanical GardensAfrican Lion Safari and Wild Waterworks.

What to do and where to stay

From popular festivals to world-class attractions there’s so much to see and do in Hamilton.

Visit Tourism Hamilton online to start planning your visit:

Come to our Visitor Information Centre, conveniently located in the Lister Building in the heart of downtown Hamilton, for resources and help planning your visit.

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Lister Building, 28 James Street North
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 2666
Email: [email protected]