The diverse city of Hamilton enjoys a growing arts and culture community while rivalling Toronto as an affordable and desirable place to live. Stinson Developments is proud to be a part of this surprising town. Join the growing trend to live in Hamilton.
Parks and Trails
Hamilton boasts some of the best parks and conservation areas for hiking, biking and birding. Hike the shaded trails of Cootes Paradise or along the beautiful paths of Ontario’s famous Bruce Trail, taking advantage of the escarpment’s natural beauty. Birding has been a Hamilton pastime since 1919. The popular Hamilton Naturalists’ Club promotes the enjoyment of nature through appreciation and conservation.
Hamilton is the “City of Waterfalls”, boasting over 90 within its limits; more than any other city in the world. Experience the history of the pioneer mill towns built around many of these falls. Webster’s Falls is shown here.
The “Gore on King Street” is a bit of nature right in downtown. Shaped like a sundial instead of a rectangle because of the historic dispute in the early 1800’s between city founder George Hamilton and farmer Nathaniel Hughson. Mr. Hughson backed out last minute when promising the growing city a piece of his land. This created the irregular point at the foot of the Royal Connaught Hotel.
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Founded in 1914, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is Ontario’s third largest public art gallery and owns one of the finest collections of art in Canada, featuring over 9,000 works of art including historical European, historical Canadian and contemporary art. Its renovated and award-winning premises present exhibitions that change three times a year, plus visitors can enjoy the always-tempting Shop at AGH and Café at AGH.
A City of Castles
Hamilton is famous for its castles! A leisure stroll through the Durand and Aberdeen neighbourhoods recapture Victorian splendour with unique mansions and castles lining the streets. The most recognized of all Hamilton castles is Dundurn, built in 1835 by former Prime Minister Sir Allan MacNab. It was the most grand and beautiful home of Hamilton then, as it still remains today.
History is on display in the old houses and businesses of pioneers who built Hamilton. See a snapshot in history on the lands of Whitehern behind City Hall, or the height of elegant waterworks at the Museum of Steam & Technology. Learn how the War of 1812 was won at Battlefield House, or let your child play in the historic Children’s museum at the north-end of Gage Park.
James Street North
For over 200 years, James North has been one of Hamilton’s most interesting and vibrant streets. Now called ‘Cultureful’ James North, the street is home to a world of culture – art, food, shopping and history. Every 2nd Friday of every month, James North plays host to the Art Crawl, which attracts hundreds of art lovers, people lovers and food lovers from all around the city and beyond. The Art Crawl has been featured in journals across Canada.
The Hamilton GO Station
Hamilton is a connected city through the unique 1920’s Art-Deco style train station right in downtown. Trains and buses move in and out of the city at all hours making it ideal for the business commuter to travel between Hamilton and Toronto. Need to go farther than Toronto? Bus connections from every major company in Southern Ontario are available from the same station.
The John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport
Hamilton International offers local and international flights from all the major airline companies. Enjoy the same choice given by larger airports, but with a stress-free and cheaper travel experience.
Hess Village is famous for live music, great restaurants and a jumping nightlife. This neighbourhood of historic homes sees hundreds walk the cobblestone paths every night. Elegant restaurants span the block, featuring bistros, grills and outdoor patio’s that easily rival the best of Toronto.
Restaurants and Pubs
The many restaurants and pubs of Downtown Hamilton give you choice, with every food and drink imaginable. Walk the streets and sample many cultures into the late night hours. Or drink a pint with friends within the authentic pubs of historic stone and wood.
Hamilton has been a theatre town since the Player’s Guild performed to small crowds gathered at Town Hall in 1839. This love for the stage has built large downtown venues like Hamilton Place, Copps Coliseum and Theatre Aquarius. All year round the best of Broadway, famous musicians and comedians, ballet and opera are featured.
A small outdoor gathering of local farmers in 1837 began what would become Hamilton’s Farmers Market. For more than 170 years, Hamilton’s Market has featured the best produce, breads and meats available. Over 200 local farms and vendors line the mezzanine and lower level of this bright, indoor facility.
The eclectic neighbourhood of Locke Street is a great stop for dining and antiques. Stop by on Saturday morning for a cappuccino at Starbucks and then find the best antique deals in town!
Old fashion pride of ownership still exists within the shops of Downtown Hamilton. Walk along the streets of King, James North, James South, and all the secret back roads to discover great items at greater prices. Located at the main intersection of King and James Streets is Jackson Square and the City Centre, containing every type of shop and service available.
The latest in fashion, best in décor, and the knowledge of experienced booksellers and retailers makes Westdale Village one of the finest hidden treasures in the city. And after all that shopping, take in a movie at the historic Westdale Theatre, the last free standing movie house in the city.
The trendy fabric district of Hamilton stands out with all different ways to spend your time. If garments are not your thing, take advantage of the antique shops, trendy restaurants or the Centre Mall shopping centre right down the street.
The largest indoor mall in the city contains over 200 stores and restaurants of every kind. Stores like Sears, The Bay, Old Navy, The Gap, and many name brand shops mix in perfectly with locally owned and unique offerings.
Places and Events
Truly a Sports Town
Feel the electricity of 30,000 fans all screaming for one cause where Canadian professional football began. Football at Ivor Wynne; hockey at Copps Coliseum, and the baseball games of Hamilton Mountain, combine to make a passionate city of professional sports.
Sail out from the Royal Hamilton Yacht club, a standard of the city since 1860. Enjoy the vast and open Hamilton Harbour and experience the best of a fine day. Land-lovers can experience the Parks Canada Discovery Centre, H.M.C.S Haida battleship, and Pier-4 Park. For the nautical enthusiasts, set sail on a sunset dinner cruise aboard The Hamiltonian.
Places like the African Lion Safari, Royal Botanical Gardens, the Slots at Flamboro Downs, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Westfield Heritage Village, Haunted Hamilton Ghost Walks, Confederation Park, and many more always give you something fun to do on the weekends.
The festivals of Hamilton are a multi-cultural exhibition of food and entertainment. The city opens streets, parks and venues all year round. The Festival of Friends, Mustard Festival, Dundas Buskerfest and Winona Peach Festival feature the best in food and music. The Canadian International Military Tattoo is Canada’s premier military music show and is held at Copps Coliseum each year.
The medical sciences of Hamilton through McMaster University and local colleges are on the forefront of world-wide research. The arts flow through Hamilton, sparking fame with local talent like actors Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Kathleen Robertson, and director Ivan Reitman. Much respect is given by the leaders of industry when hiring the graduates of Mohawk College and McMaster for jobs in technology, engineering and computers.