The 10 Best Things to Do in Hamilton, Canada

December 31, 2017 Trinity Boughner

The next time you're driving to Toronto or Niagara Falls, stop in Hamilton, where tourist traffic isn't quite so rampant. The Niagara Escarpment provides spectacular scenery, with beautiful trails and waterfalls. Visit nearby farms, orchards and vineyards, or plan your trip to coincide with Hamilton's lively fall fairs.
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1. Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

9280 Airport Rd, Mount Hope, Hamilton, Ontario L0R 1W0, Canada +1 905-679-4183
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4.5 based on 885 reviews

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

Reviewed By nhbesner - Hamilton, Canada

The Warplane Museum is a great place to learn about history up close and personal. The personal touches and changing displays means there's something for everybody. Remember though that this is a real piece of working history so don't touch the aircraft, and the place runs on donations so if you're able to and feel moved it helps restore more planes and pieces of history. We've also done a ride on the warplanes and my hubby had an absolutely amazing time.

2. HMCS Haida National Historic Site

658 Catharine Street North | Pier 9, Hamilton, Ontario L8L 8B4, Canada +1 905-526-6742
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4.5 based on 344 reviews

HMCS Haida National Historic Site

This WWII Tribal Class destroyer is now a floating memorial and naval museum.

Reviewed By Stefan P - Toronto, Canada

The HMCS Haida is one of the main attractions in Hamilton and one of the highlights of the waterfront Harbor area. It's one of Hamilton's National Historic Sites and Canada's most famous warship.
The Haida is easily accessible from downtown and during the summer there's a free shuttle to the waterfront Trail where you can access the ship. Free parking is available a short walk away at Williams.

This is a great place to visit if you’re a history lover or traveling with kids. The HMCS Haida is the last remaining tribal class destroyer in the world and a true piece of Canadian history.
The Haida has been painstakingly restored and paints a vivid picture of how life was like for sailors during World War II. The ship was added as a National Historic Site due to its historic and Architectural significance to Canada.
When you're visiting the ship it's possible to go on a tour of the interior. You can listen to Uniformed interpreters and hear stories from Naval veterans. On special events you can hear the ship Bells and if you're lucky you'll hear the cannon!
The Haida is open during the summer months from 10 until 5. Entry to the ship is $3.90.

3. Dundurn Castle

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 3H1, Canada +1 905-546-2872
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4.5 based on 564 reviews

Dundurn Castle

Experience a guided tour of this 40-room Italianate-style villa built in the 1830's on Burlington Heights; the former site of a fortified military encampment established by the British in 1813.

Reviewed By johnnyb2 - Dundas

Have been to Dundurn Park many times over the years for walk a thons, festivals, Concerts, meals and just for a relaxing walk about. The castle , home of the late Sir Allan McNab, is beautiful . There are many guides that inform you of the family that lived in the castle over the years. Sir Allan McNab is a distant relative of Prince Charle's wife Camilla. She and the prince visited here a few years ago. Dundurn Castle is a treasure indeed for the city of Hamilton.

4. Bayfront Park

200 Harbour Front Drive | Bay at Strachan, Hamilton, Ontario L8L 1C8, Canada +1 905-546-2489
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4.5 based on 221 reviews

Bayfront Park

Reviewed By Banky B - Hamilton, Canada

Located just a couple kilometres from downtown, Bayfront is one of the city's crown jewel parks. A wide, paved, 3km multi-use trail connects it to princess point, and it's a great place for walking, cycling and roller skating. There is also a boat launch and it's an awesome place for kayaks and canoes, or to just find a quiet place to nap under a tree in the summertime. Love it.

Hamilton, Ontario L0C 5V8, Canada +1 905-546-2489
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4.5 based on 356 reviews

Waterfalls of Hamilton

Reviewed By laraluvsU2 - Hamilton, Canada

Lovely paths to visit both of Albion and Buttermilk Falls. Due to safety, and understandably, there apparently are no paths that lead to the base of either of the falls. There is a huge drop off. However, the paths are easy to walk and offer good views of the falls. A very enjoyable way to spend the day.

6. Tiffany Falls Conservation Area

Tiffany Falls Side Trail, Ancaster, Hamilton, Ontario L9G 3H6, Canada +1 905-525-2181
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4.5 based on 162 reviews

Tiffany Falls Conservation Area

Reviewed By Christine K - Burlington, Canada

This trail allows for both calm reflection and a great work out with stairs, flat trails and places to stop and catch your breath. The Waterfalls is beautiful and a real treat after the walk in. There were birds gently singing through our walk. We did find many visitors with their dogs off their leashes which we didn't mind and the dogs were definitely enjoying their adventure in the woods.

7. Westfield Heritage Village

1049 Kirkwall Road | Rockton, Hamilton, Ontario L0R 1X0, Canada +1 519-621-8851
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4.5 based on 119 reviews

Westfield Heritage Village

Reviewed By Edwina H

The village was lovely! The volunteers were amazing ... especially the printer and the visit to the sheep. But, if you are going for the ice cream ... perhaps give it a miss. One sample of one ice cream, on a small plastic spoon ... same size as an ice cream store ... taster. Was expecting to find many samples of home made ice cream ... and the ability to buy tubs to take home. Village was lovely. But, ice cream carnival ... it was not!

8. Gage Park

Gage Avenue South and Main Street East | Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario L8M 1N6, Canada +1 905-546-2489
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4.5 based on 150 reviews

Gage Park

Reviewed By I9721JNcarolg - Hamilton, Canada

Park Lands always well maintained and clean; Children's Museum a must see while there! Play areas for children on the North East corner near Children's Museum and the South West corner (this one has a sprinkler/wading pool) are well maintained. Throughout the summer numerous events take place i.e. It's Your Festival, Festival of Friends, Francofest, Mid-Summer's Dream (to name a few) also, various Concerts and music venues I'm proud that we offer such a wide variety of different Ethnic Venues in our City.

123 King St W | Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4S8, Canada +1 905-527-6610
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4.5 based on 128 reviews

Art Gallery of Hamilton

Reviewed By Doug F - Rochester, New York

This is a fairly large, mostly modern. museum of art, right in the heart of downtown Hamilton. However, except for an enormous collection of Canadian artists, a few Andy Warhols, and one Louise Nevelson, most of the art is by relatively unknown or obscure artists. It is worthwhile to visit, and an exellent introduction to the wealth of Canadian art.

10. Albion Falls

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada +1 905-546-2489
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4 based on 199 reviews

Albion Falls

Reviewed By Debbie K - Vaughan, Ontario, Canada

My husband has always wanted to go to Hamilton to see the Waterfalls. This weekend we visited Albion Falls. We safely viewed the falls from the viewing platform and then we went for a walk on the nature trail. It was an easy hike as long as you have proper shoes and you watch where you're going. There are a lot of tree roots that can trip you up. According to the sign there is poison ivy, ticks and bears. I wanted to encounter none of those things so we stayed on the path. Be very careful where you walk because in some spots if you get too close to the edge you could easily fall over the cliff.
Please note: We followed Google maps to get there and the directions are wrong. Don't use Google maps to get directions.

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