Hamilton is a port city on the western end of Lake Ontario known for its industrial heritage. It’s iron and steel industry has grown to become Canada’s largest and has made Hamilton one of Canada’s leading industrial centres.
Outside of its iron and steel industry, Hamilton is well known for its historic buildings, museums, art galleries, and McMaster University, ranked 14th globally and third in Canada in The Times Higher Education (THE) 2021 Impact Rankings.
Hamilton is a vibrant, urban city, rich in history and surrounded by nature. It is divided by the Niagara Escarpment; a forested ridge known locally as “the mountain”. Residents of Hamilton enjoy its unique culture, amenities, and natural surroundings. The city has a lively arts and music community and spectacular restaurants which include fine dining, international food, farmers’ markets, and craft breweries. In addition to this, residents have a strong passion for sports, with home teams such as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Toronto Rock, and Forge FC.
Hamilton is surrounded by beautiful nature and scenery with numerous parks and scenic trails that include waterfront paths, lush forest valleys, and the Bruce Trail that winds along the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. It also holds the title of “Waterfall Capital of the World” for the 100+ waterfalls within city limits.
Getting to and around Hamilton is easy, regardless of transportation type. It is a cycling-friendly city with hundreds of bike trails and SoBi, a bike-sharing program.
Hamilton is located on multiple major highways including the 403, 407, QEW, and Highway 5, 6, & 8.
For those using public transportation Hamilton has a public transit agency, the Hamilton Street Railway (HSR), with routes that cover the city. GO Transit also operates both buses and trains that run to the city from across Southern Ontario.
The city is one hour from the US border and home to John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport.
Hamilton’s blending of urban and rural space has created a unique location offering a balance of lively downtown areas and quiet suburban neighbourhoods with housing options for everyone. It is considered to be an affordable alternative to other large cities in Southern Ontario, with the ability to find work and housing within city limits.