Rich in history and culture and surrounded by spectacular nature, Hamilton, Ontario is a city like no other. Unique for its distinctive urban feel and vibrant arts and culture, Hamilton also boasts deep roots and a proud history. Bounded by the picturesque southern shores of Lake Ontario and the lush trails of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Hamilton offers incredible access to conservation and recreation lands, amazing waterfalls, and is a natural playground for cyclists, hikers, boaters and outdoor adventurers.
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Hamilton boasts endless experiences for the most discerning traveler. Take an exhilarating trip through nature’s most beautiful work at the Royal Botanical Gardens; commemorate one of Canada’s most pivotal moments during the Bicentennial of the War of 1812; set your sights on Canada’s living military history at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and the HMCS Haida; drive through African Lion Safari’s animal game reserves and get up-close with Lions and Giraffes; wander through one of the finest collections of art in Canada at the Art Gallery of Hamilton; take a leisurely stroll through the stalls at one of Hamilton’s local farmer’s market; find your sense of play at top-ranked golf course, or catch future stars in action at a Hamilton Bulldogs AHL game.
On your travels you’ll find award-winning restaurants across Hamilton with committed chefs attracted by the high-quality seasonal produce across the region. Be sure to track down a local food truck for a curbside meal and rediscover that some foodie pleasures never fade; enjoy fish and chips on the beach, an afternoon ice cream on the waterfront, tea in a quaint café or tasting fine wine made by award winning wine-makers.
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Ideally located in the heart of the country’s most popular travel destinations, the City of Hamilton lies halfway between Toronto and Niagara Falls, less than an hour from each, making it an ideal destination, an attractive overnight detour, or a convenient stopover.
Plan your trip with this website to experience some of Hamilton’s hidden gems, unique communities and sure bets that are known only to the ‘locals’.
Hamilton is defined by its geography, and its most obvious gem is The Niagara Escarpment (“the mountain” to locals), which cuts through the middle of the city, providing outstanding vistas, trails, and waterfalls.
The Escarpment is a wonderful way to explore nature, via the Bruce Trail and many conservation areas, especially at this time of year!
Hamilton could well be known as the "City of Waterfalls". Hamilton boasts over 100 cascades and waterfalls and it's been said that if the Escarpment is the city's crown, then its waterfalls are the sparkling jewels in that tiara.
One of Hamilton's top Waterfalls is Albion Falls at King's Forest Park (pictured below) which runs from the Red Hill Creek Creek, it has a height of 62.32 feet/19 meters and a width of 59.04 feet/18 meters and is very easily accessible with a year-round flow of water.
Right here in Stoney Creek we have Devil's Punchbowl Fall's which does not run all year, but is quite the site at 121.36 feet/37 meters high and a width of 9.84 feet/3 meters. It is accessible from Ridge Road. The Devil's Punchbowl is marked with a large cross that lights up each night and can be seen from many spots throughout the City.
Hiking the Bruce Trail will take you past many of the falls, and maps can be found on the websites listed below. Wouldn't it be nice to visit all of the waterfalls in Hamilton? We think so!