Tourism Hamilton

Why Hamilton?
Rich in history and culture and surrounded by spectacular nature, Hamilton, Ontario is a city like no other. Unique for its distinctive urban feel and vibrant arts and culture, Hamilton also boasts deep roots and a proud history. Bounded by the picturesque southern shores of Lake Ontario and the lush trails of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Hamilton offers incredible access to conservation and recreation lands, amazing waterfalls, and is a natural playground for cyclists, hikers, boaters and outdoor adventurers.

Hamilton boasts endless experiences for the most discerning traveler. Take an exhilarating trip through nature’s most beautiful work at the Royal Botanical Gardens; commemorate one of Canada’s most pivotal moments during the Bicentennial of the War of 1812; set your sights on Canada’s living military history at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and the HMCS Haida; drive through African Lion Safari’s animal game reserves and get up-close with Lions and Giraffes; wander through one of the finest collections of art in Canada at the Art Gallery of Hamilton; take a leisurely stroll through the stalls at one of Hamilton’s local farmer’s market; find your sense of play at top-ranked golf course, or catch future stars in action at a Hamilton Bulldogs AHL game. On your travels you’ll find award-winning restaurants across Hamilton with committed chefs attracted by the high-quality seasonal produce across the region. Be sure to track down a local food truck for a curbside meal and rediscover that some foodie pleasures never fade; enjoy fish and chips on the beach, an afternoon ice cream on the waterfront, tea in a quaint café or tasting fine wine made by award winning wine-makers.

Ideally located in the heart of the country’s most popular travel destinations, the City of Hamilton lies halfway between Toronto and Niagara Falls, less than an hour from each, making it an ideal destination, an attractive overnight detour, or a convenient stopover.
Plan your trip with this website to experience some of Hamilton’s hidden gems, unique communities and sure bets that are known only to the ‘locals’. Need a map? Want suggestions for dinner? Need help planning activities or booking a tour? Be sure to visit the new Tourism Hamilton Visitor Centre to make all your Hamilton plans. Our friendly and professional Travel Counsellor team will help you plan an extra special visit.

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September 15

Create with Clay

Tourism Hamilton

23 Main St. S., Waterdown

Workshop is hosted at The Creative Insight Pottery Studio and runs from 1 to 4 pm
$60/person (tax included)

Immerse yourself in Hamilton’s thriving arts scene. Unique hands-on workshops enable you to get up close and personal with Hamilton-based artists.

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September 22

Nature-Inspired Clay Masks

Tourism Hamilton

23 Main St. S., Waterdown

This workshop is held at The Creative Insight Pottery Studio in Waterdown and runs from 1pm to 4pm.
$60/person (tax included)

Immerse yourself in Hamilton’s thriving arts scene. Unique hands-on workshops enable you to get up close and personal with Hamilton-based artists.

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September 22 - 23

MacNab’s Kitchen

Tourism Hamilton

610 York Blvd. Hamilton

This workshop is held at Dundurn National Historical Site and runs on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 12 pm.
$30/person (tax included)
Includes a family admission pass for a return visit – value: $30

Immerse yourself in Hamilton’s thriving arts scene. Unique hands-on workshops enable you to get up close and personal with Hamilton-based artists.

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September 22

Screen Printing on Tote Bags

Tourism Hamilton

173 James Street North, Hamilton

$70/person (tax included)
This workshop is held at Centre[3] For Print & Media Arts and runs from 12pm to 3pm

Immerse yourself in Hamilton’s thriving arts scene. Unique hands-on workshops enable you to get up close and personal with Hamilton-based artists.

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September 29

Creative Soap Making

Tourism Hamilton

23 Main St. S., Waterdown

Workshop includes all ingredients, materials and instructional handout and runs from 1 to 4 pm.
$95/person (tax included)

Immerse yourself in Hamilton’s thriving arts scene. Unique hands-on workshops enable you to get up close and personal with Hamilton-based artists.

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September 29

Introduction to Street Photography

Tourism Hamilton

123 King St. W. Hamilton

$20/AGH Member; $25/non-member (plus 13% HST)
This workshop meets in the lobby of the Art Gallery of Hamilton and runs from 12pm - 3pm

Immerse yourself in Hamilton’s thriving arts scene. Unique hands-on workshops enable you to get up close and personal with Hamilton-based artists.

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September 29

Cast-Metal Nature Jewellery Workshop

Tourism Hamilton

680 Plains Road West, Burlington

This workshop is held at the Royal Botanical Gardens Arboretum and Nature Interpretive Centre and runs from 2pm to 5pm.
$85/person (tax included). Workshop fee includes all-day admission to the RBG.

Immerse yourself in Hamilton’s thriving arts scene. Unique hands-on workshops enable you to get up close and personal with Hamilton-based artists.

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September 29

Letterpress Workshop

Tourism Hamilton

173 James Street North, Hamilton

This workshop is held at Centre[3] for Print & Media Arts and runs from 12pm to 3pm
$60/person (tax included)

Immerse yourself in Hamilton’s thriving arts scene. Unique hands-on workshops enable you to get up close and personal with Hamilton-based artists.

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October 6

Explore Glass

Tourism Hamilton

23 Main St. S., Waterdown

The workshop is held at The Creative Insight Pottery Studio and runs from 1pm to 4pm
$60/person (tax included)

Immerse yourself in Hamilton’s thriving arts scene. Unique hands-on workshops enable you to get up close and personal with Hamilton-based artists.

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October 6

From the Vaults: Painting Unlocked!

Tourism Hamilton

123 King St. W. Hamilton

This workshop is held at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and runs from 1pm to 4pm 
$65/AGH Member; $75/non-member (tax included)

Immerse yourself in Hamilton’s thriving arts scene. Unique hands-on workshops enable you to get up close and personal with Hamilton-based artists.

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October 6

Painterly Monoprinting

Tourism Hamilton

173 James Street North, Hamilton

This workshop is held at Centre[3] for Print & Media Arts and runs from 12pm to 3pm.
$65/person (tax included)

Immerse yourself in Hamilton’s thriving arts scene. Unique hands-on workshops enable you to get up close and personal with Hamilton-based artists.

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