Hamilton is a Canadian port city on the western tip of Lake Ontario. The Niagara Escarpment, a huge, forested ridge known locally as “the mountain” and dotted with conservation areas and waterfalls, divides the city. The long-distance Bruce Trail runs along the escarpment. HMCS Haida, a naval warship on the city’s lakefront, and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in the south, trace Canada’s military past.
An industrialized city in the Golden Horseshoe at the west end of Lake Ontario, Hamilton has a population of 536,917, and a metropolitan population of 747,545.
On January 1, 2001, the new City of Hamilton was formed through the amalgamation of the former city and the other constituent lower-tier municipalities of the Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth with the upper-tier regional government. Residents of the old city are known as Hamiltonians. Since 1981, the metropolitan area has been listed as the ninth largest in Canada and the third largest in Ontario.
Hamilton is home to the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the Bruce Trail, McMaster University, Redeemer University College and Mohawk College. McMaster University is ranked 4th in Canada and 77th in the world by Times Higher Education Rankings 2018–19 and has a well-known medical school.
Hamilton breaks out of the box with an exciting lineup of ways to experience art, from small grassroots galleries along James Street North to the century-old Art Gallery of Hamilton showcasing works in a wide range of mediums. Artists find ample inspiration in the city, evident in their boundless creativity.
- Art Galleries and Studios
- Music Venues (Clubs)
- Performing Arts
- Specialty Shopping
- Arts Blogs
- Art Crawl Guide
Discover Hamilton’s unique heritage through the colorful stories of the people who helped shape it. Distinctive architecture, world-class museums and 15 National Historic Sites offer a glimpse into the city’s past and help connect the dots to the fascinating community Hamilton is today.