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TOURISM in Hamilton, Ontario

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Tourism in Hamilton is welcoming more people from across the region, nation and world through a number of exciting attractions and events.

$530 million Hamilton attracts six million visitors annually who spend an estimated $530 million.
155 In 2018, Hamilton welcomed 155 meetings, conventions and sport events to the city.
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Arts Thrive.

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.

History Abound.

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 Castle, HMCS Haida, Hamilton 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.

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Outdoor Adventure.

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 Gardens, African Lion Safari and Wild Waterworks.

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“Tourism Hamilton works to establish Hamilton as an appealing destination for sport and convention delegates and leisure travellers resulting in substantial economic impact for the city. We look forward to continuing to celebrate Hamilton’s exciting renewal.”

Sharon Murphy,
Acting Manager Tourism and Events, Tourism Hamilton
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For the Full Picture, Contact City of Hamilton’s Tourism Lead: Sharon Murphy

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