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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Art Gallery
“Welcome to the Art Gallery of Hamilton! Founded in 1914, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is the oldest and largest art museum in Southern Ontario with a permanent collection that is recognized as one of the finest in Canada. Embracing Canadian historical, international and contemporary art, the collection consists of more than 10,000 works. You can see superb pieces by Alex Colville, Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, Emily Carr, James Tissot, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Gustave Doré, Norval Morrisseau, Keith Haring, Edward Burtynsky, Kim Adams, or Tyler Tekatch, to name a few. Whether you’re looking for a specific artist or spending time in one of our galleries, you’re sure to find works that inspire, intrigue, challenge and engage you.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Garden
“Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants and nature. Royal Botanical Gardens is located at the western tip of Lake Ontario. Four distinct formal gardens are contained with 1100 hectares of nature reserve, nestled into the slopes of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. The ever changing seasons, blooms, and natural phenomenon make each visit a new experience. Explore and enjoy the many historical plant collections, the Mediterranean Greenhouse, 27 km of nature trails and special events such as art and music in the gardens, blooms festivals and more.”
  • 42 locals recommend
History Museum
“Take the tour inside and see early 'luxury living' as well as the servants kitchen and where soldiers camped in battle - surprisingly entertaining! Don't want to go inside? The grounds are great for strolling through as well as lovely views - especially if you keep walking out to the bridge and even further along you'll find the Royal Botanical Gardens”
  • 21 locals recommend
Zoo
“It’s best to rent a car and drive now but I also offer private car to the location and back so feel free to ask me any questions ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Locke Street has numerous restaurants, offering all different types of food. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Business Center
“Hamilton Art Crawl on the second Friday of every month is on James Stree North. But every day, year round, with Jackson square on the corner, don't miss all that James Street North and South has to offer...Restaurants, Bars, Coffee shops, Bakeries, Stores galore, Art Galleries, and more. Drive in 10 - 15 minutes, take the bus for only a few dollars (20 minutes), or a cab for around $10. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Beach
“Bayfront Park is a 16-hectare (40-acre) park found in the West-end of Hamilton Harbour near Bay Street North in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Over $9 million transformed formerly vacant land into a versatile green space, with 1,800 metres (5,906 ft) of shoreline integrating fish habitat, native vegetation and facilities. The park is the site of a variety of summer festivals and concerts. A protected sandy beach and a 6-metre (20 ft) wide trail circles the park. Other important features of the park include: a public boat launch, fishing opportunities, a 250 space parking lot, and pedestrian and bicycle trails leading to Pier 4 Park. Nearby attractions include the Harbour West Marina Complex, Macassa Bay Yacht Club, Pier 4 Park, Pier 8, HHC Sailing School and the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“The Hamilton Farmers’ Market was established in 1837 and is overseen by the City of Hamilton. Open year-round with 60 vendors. Choose from local, national and international foods including produce, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, deli, baked goods, flowers, specialty foods, and artisan handmade products. Located in the heart of downtown Hamilton beside Jackson Square and the Hamilton Public Library (Central Branch). ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Hockey Arena
“FirstOntario Centre is one of North America’s premier entertainment venues, housing a variety of spectacular concert and sporting events each year. Home of The Hamilton Bulldogs. FirstOntario Centre is located at 101 York Blvd | Hamilton, Ontario ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Trail
“Webster's Falls, noted for its panoramas, is a 22-metre-high classical curtain/ plunge waterfall found in the Spencer Gorge/Webster's Falls Conservation Area in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Amazing mexican food. Tacos!! Located in a very trendy spot. Be sure to explore King William and James street befor or after you eat!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“High quality food with local ingredients - great place to get a delicious pizza or salad. Also yummy breads and desserts!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Café
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“great coffee an treats. When the weather is warm, their patio lets you bask in the warm south sun.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Check out the beautiful hiking trail leading up to breathtaking Webster Falls. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“Pier 4 Park is a 2.4 hectare park found in the west-end of Hamilton Harbour near Bay Street North in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The park features a multi-use asphalt trail, 349 metres in length and 4 metres wide which provides barrier-free access to all areas of the park and linkages with the surrounding harbourfront precinct. Great for rollerblading, biking or hiking! You will find Hutch's Fish & Chips here too! A total of $2.2 million has been invested for the redevelopment of the park which includes a 24-metre tugboat which acts as the centrepiece of an interactive water play area for children. A dramatically curved lookout pier includes a protected sun shelter and benches to view the marinas, parkland and vistas of the surrounding Bay. In addition Hamilton Harbour Commissioners (HHC) have constructed Hamilton Pier which provides 0.4 hectares of additional parkland and fish habitat. Nearby attractions include the Harbour West Marina Complex, Macassa Bay Yacht Club, Pier 8, Bayfront Park, HHC Sailing School and the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
University
“McMaster University (McMaster or Mac) is a public research university in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The main McMaster campus is on 121 hectares (300 acres) of land near the residential neighbourhoods of Ainslie Wood and Westdale, adjacent to the Royal Botanical Gardens. It operates six academic faculties: the DeGroote School of Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Social Science, and Science. It is a member of the U15, a group of research-intensive universities in Canada. ”
  • 15 locals recommend