A port city on the western tip of Lake Ontario, Hamilton is surrounded by the picturesque southern shores of Lake Ontario and the lush trails of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Its location between Toronto and Niagara Falls makes it an ideal destination whether you’re a history buff, an art collector, or an outdoor enthusiast. Learn about Canadian military history at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum or take a tour of the naval warship situated on the city’s lakefront, the HMCS Haida. For nature lovers, Hamilton also offers an incredible playground. Take a stroll through the Royal Botanical Gardens or admire some of the city’s more than 100 breathtaking waterfalls, all located mere minutes away from the downtown core.
The kids will love getting up close and personal with the lions and giraffes that roam freely at the African Lion Safari’s animal game reserves. If the urban setting is more your style, wander through one of Canada’s finest art collections at the Art Gallery of Hamilton or explore the stalls at numerous local farmers markets. And sports fans can try out the city’s top-ranked golf courses or catch future stars in action at a Hamilton Bulldogs OHL game.