Drawing up a top ten list for Hamilton is no easy task. Fifty years ago, it may have been known as “Steeltown”, but fast forward to today and behold the transformation of “The Hammer” – a highly coveted destination that’s not only attracting tourists, but also those looking for affordable quality living with a plethora of lifestyle benefits.
Hamilton is such a desirable lifestyle destination because of its incredible diversity. There’s an authentic melding of the best of everything old and new, rural and urban, historic and hip. It’s a booming urban centre that’s balanced by small town charm with nature as bountiful as its art scene is eclectic.
Famous for its “mountain”, otherwise known as the Niagara Escarpment, as well as being the “Waterfall Capital of the World”, the city boasts six national Historic sites, nine museums, and celebrates one of the oldest (and best) farmers’ markets in Ontario. In addition, Hamilton has earned the reputation as one of the most diversified economies in Canada, booming in top-tier education, tech, and service industries.
Whether you’re a nature lover, historian, art aficionado, foodie, fashionista, or fan of farmers’ markets, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy. It’s tough to limit Hamilton’s must-see places to just ten, but here goes – our picks for the best Hamilton has to offer:
NATURE that is wonder filled
Hamilton is home to over 100 waterfalls, so take your pick! Tews Falls is the tallest in Hamilton, with a drop of 41-metres (second only to Niagara Falls).
2. Niagara Escarpment
This mountain bisects the city into upper and lower regions. If you can climb it, take one of five sets of stairways, ranging from 229 to 498 steps, to get to the top.
3. The Bruce Trail
Earn your bucket list badge by hiking Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath with over 400 km of side trails, some passing through Hamilton’s escarpment.
4. The Royal Botanical Garden
Explore four distinct landscapes in Canada’s largest botanical garden that is also part of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere.
HISTORY so happening, it’s hip
5. The Waterfront
Historic ships, naval museums, harbour tours, and breathtaking beaches. Stroll, jog, cycle, or skate along a variety of trails and take it all in.
6. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
Marvel at Canada’s largest flying museum. Take a tour, try a flight simulator, or book a ride on a vintage aircraft.
CULTURE that’s bursting at the seams
7. The Farmers Market
Gather and graze amongst aisles of farm fresh food, gourmet treats, and trendy food truck fare!
8. Art Crawls
Get crawling along James Street North on the second Friday of every month and experience a bustling art market with galleries, shops, and restaurants staying open late to celebrate.
9. The Art Gallery of Hamilton
Celebrate Canada’s finest collection of more than 10,000 works of art at the oldest and largest museum in Southern Ontario.
10. Locke Street
Discover a historic neighbourhood that’s full of haute fashion, food, festivals, and live music!
Everything you hope for
Choosing to make Hamilton home offers all this and more in a town with tons of personality and a way of life unlike anywhere else. Tucked into its southwest corner, surrounded by the Niagara Escarpment, is the charming village of Mount Hope – a closely-knit, pedestrian-friendly community with a five-acre neighbourhood park and a beautiful place to call home. Living in Mount Hope By Cachet welcomes you to enjoy all of Hamilton’s recreational and urban amenities while treasuring the charm of a simple lifestyle.
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