10 Reasons to Visit Hamilton

Hamilton is the third largest city in the province of Ontario with a rich cultural heritage. Almost 25% of the residents in Hamilton were born outside of Canada. If you want to visit Ontario or migrate to Canada, here are 10 amazing places for you to discover and experience in Hamilton.

Night over the city of Hamilton, Ontario

African Lion Safari

yawning male lion lying on grass

Hear the mighty roar of the King of the Jungle when you visit Canada’s African Lion Safari located in Hamilton. Get closer than you’ve ever imagined to over 1000 exotic birds, elephants, giraffes, bison, white lions and rhinos.

The safari bus tour rates are only $5, 25 for adults and $4, 95 for children between 3-12 years of age. You can also make use of the great hotel packages available for an amazing stay at the Safari.

Royal Botanical Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton, Ontario

As the largest botanical garden in Canada, you’ll be spoiled for choice on activities to partake in and beautiful sceneries to explore. The Royal Botanical Gardens is a National Historic Site and aims to teach the public and educate children about the importance of plants and nature.

Set out on nature sanctuaries that feature more than 27 km of nature trails and two canoe launch sites. Kids can join day camps where they will be kept busy with educational workshops and fun activities. A few must visit parks are the Rock Garden, Arboretum and the Laking Garden.

To find out more, visit the Royal Botanical Gardens website

Waterfall City

Tiffany Waterfall, Hamilton, Ontario

Falls, Falls and more Falls. Hamilton is home to over 100 spectacular waterfalls. Most of the waterfalls winds through the Niagara Escarpment. Explore and collect pictures of the best Waterfalls in Hamilton. Here’s a list of the Top 10 Waterfalls that are a must see!

  • Buttermilk Falls
  • Borer’s Falls
  • Great Falls
  • Sherman Falls
  • Chedoke Falls
  • Tiffany Falls
  • Albion Falls
  • Webster’s Falls
  • Tews Falls
  • Devil’s Punchbowl Falls

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Hamilton

Are you a fan of history? Take a step back into the past when you make a trip down to the Warplane Museum where you will be mesmerized by stories of Second World War aviation. Discover cool aviation artifacts and memorabilia of significant importance to this period.

Feeling daring? You can book a flight in a rare Fairey Firefly for a rush that’ll last you a lifetime. Have you ever wanted to experience flying a plane by yourself? Be the captain of your own plane when you try out the 10 minute flight simulator, that’s also free of charge!

For more information on events, check out the Warplane Museum site for yourself.

Hamilton Farmers Market

bakery open for business

If you don’t know where to find the Hamilton Farmers Market, just follow your nose- the delightful aromas of freshly prepared pasta, handmade ice cream and fresh local produce, are sure to lead you straight to the source!

The Hamilton Farmers Market is the oldest in the city, dating back to 1837. The somewhat 70 vendors bring you a variety of culinary experiences and artisan shops, all indoors at the corner of York Boulevard and James Street.

Don’t leave without taking some pure Canadian maple syrup, raw honey and local wine along with you.

Art Gallery Of Hamilton

woman admiring painting in gallery

If you have an eye for art- you wouldn’t want to miss the magnificent collection of over 10, 000 art pieces in the Art Gallery of Hamilton, located in Downtown Hamilton. The sculpture atrium and breathtaking 762 square metre glass pavilion are the main attractions that leave you in a sense of wonder. What’s more, on the first Friday of each month you can take advantage of free admission to Gallery Level 1 from 4pm-8pm.

Ice Climbing

man climbing up glaciers on mountains

Thrill seekers, this one is for you. The frozen Niagara Escarpment offers a unique challenge for rock climbers looking to try something new and unique. During the winter season, Hamilton Conservation Authority allows experienced climbers to make their way up the frozen Tiffany Falls. If you live in Canada and you're looking for a new hobby, try out this signature sport! Climbing classes are available.

To find out more on how to embrace your icy side, click here.

Dundurn National Historic Site

Durdurn National Historic site Hamilton

Experience Canadian history in this 40-room Italianate-style villa built in the 1830’s. The Dundurn Civic Museum tells the story of Sir Allan Napier MacNab and his family. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is the museum’s Patron and great, great, great granddaughter of Sir Allan MacNab.

The castle is the former site of a fortified military encampment established by the British in 1813.

Take your family for a guided tour to get a glimpse of how the royalty lived and the servants who worked and lived below the stairs.

Wild Waterworks

couple have fun at waterpark slide

Spend the day in the water at one of Canada’s largest outdoor water pools. Splash around in the wave pool, where 5 million litres of heated water splashes down every minute! Fan of water slides? Try out all 4 super fun tube slides that’ll take you on a wild ride. Kamikaze and Corkscrew are two of the most famous slides at the park that guarantees heart pounding twists and turns.

For a more relaxed activity, head to the Eazy River, where you can soak up some sun while floating on a tube in a river-like pool. Kids can enjoy hours of entertainment at the Little Squirt Works with wading pools, slides, sprays and mists.

For more information, go to Wild Waterworks site.

Explore The Inside Of A Battleship

HCMS Haida belonged to Canadian Navy in WW2

Ahoy Matey! Hamilton Harbour is home to the hugely impressive HCMS Haida, a former Canadian naval battleship that was used from 1943 until 1963. Naval veterans who serve as volunteers will share stories and guide you on the decks.