Hamilton is a historic port city in the Niagara Peninsula region of Ontario.




1,138 km²



Average Annual Temperature

8.5 °C

Summary of Hamilton

Hamilton is a port city in the Canadian province of Ontario. Hamilton has a population of 536,917, and its census metropolitan area, which includes Burlington and Grimsby, has a population of 771,000. The city is 58 kilometres (36 mi) southwest of Toronto in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

Prior to European settlement, the land on which Hamilton stands was inhabited by the Neutral and Mississauga nations.Conceived by George Hamilton when he purchased the Durand farm shortly after the War of 1812, the town of Hamilton became the centre of a densely populated and industrialized region at the west end of Lake Ontario known as the Golden Horseshoe. On January 1, 2001, the current boundaries of Hamilton were created through the amalgamation of the original city with other municipalities of the Regional Municipality of Hamilton–Wentworth.Residents of the city are known as Hamiltonians.

Traditionally, the local economy has been led by the steel and heavy manufacturing industries. Within the last decade, there has been a shift towards the service sector, like health and sciences. 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 69th in the world by Times Higher Education Rankings 2021.

Hamilton Ranked
  • City of Waterfall
    Hamilton is home to more than 100 waterfalls within city limits.
  • Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre ≈ 1,396.82 CAD
  • Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre ≈ 1,199.95 CAD
  • Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre ≈ 2,137.50 CAD
  • Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre ≈ 1,975.00
  • Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre ≈ 5,467.27 CAD
  • Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre ≈ 3,675.67 CAD
  • internet ≈ 65 CAD
  • Electricity used for lighting ≈ 24 CAD
  • Milk (regular), (1 liter) ≈ 2.27 CAD
  • Rice (white), (1kg) ≈ 3.36 CAD
  • Eggs (regular) (12) ≈ 3.29 CAD
  • Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) ≈ 11.57 CAD
  • Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) ≈ 2.61 CAD
  • Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) ≈ 15.00 CAD
  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) ≈ 3.00 CAD
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) ≈ 110.00 CAD
  • Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) ≈ 1.80 CAD
  • Gasoline (1 liter) ≈ 1.12 CAD
  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult ≈ 39.92 CAD
  • Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) ≈ 18.00 CAD
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat ≈ 15.00 CAD
  • Mcmaster University ≈ $22,471.2
  • Hamilton College ≈ $22,401 - $43,072
  • Mohawk College ≈ $14,081.93 - $18,891.93
Cost of Living Per Month ( 2 persons)
  • Housing
    Rent Apartment and Hydro : $1,450
  • Internet
    Internet : $65.00
  • Phone
    Phone with interet : $45.00
  • Transportation
    Transportation : $110.00
  • Groceries
    Groceries and household items : 280.35
  • Entertainment
    Entertainment and dining out : $110.00
  • Health
    Health and fitness : $39.92
  • Extras
    haircuts, clothes,broken phone screen and so on. : $125.00
  • Total

Hike the Historic Bruce Trail

Walking the length of the Bruce Trail is an 890-kilometer-long bucket list item for diehard hikers. It stretches from the mighty Niagara Falls all the way north to Georgian Bay on Lake Huron. Fortunately for the rest of us, this epic hiking trail can be broken down into manageable bits that lend themselves perfectly to bite-sized adventures. Given its location on the Niagara Escarpment, which has been designated a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Hamilton makes for the perfect jumping-off spot for those wanting to tackle one of the prettiest sections of this iconic trail. Along the way, you'll pass some of the escarpment's most spectacular waterfalls, including the pretty Canterbury Falls. Located in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area just a few minutes west of downtown Hamilton, the Bruce Trail passes directly by the falls.
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Dundurn Castle

Built in 1835, Dundurn Castle is as close as you'll get to an authentic Regency-style manor house anywhere in Canada. Consisting of more than 1,700 square meters of living space and some 40 rooms, its most striking feature is its stunning Neoclassical design, most notably the four huge pillars at its main entrance. The home of Sir Allan MacNab, who became prime minister of Canada in 1854, this striking building featured many innovations in its construction, including running water and gas lighting. Purchased by the City of Hamilton around 1900, the building has been carefully restored to look just as it would have in 1855. Highlights of a visit include seeing original décor and furnishings, as well as anecdotes and history shared by the well-informed costumed guides. If visiting in winter, you'll get to see the house decorated for Christmas festivities.
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Hamilton's Waterfalls

Of the more than 100 waterfalls known to be located on the Niagara Escarpment, many of the most picturesque can be found within the city limits of Hamilton. The most popular of these is the spectacular Albion Falls, also known as "lover's leap." Standing nearly 20 meters tall, this cascade falls is located where the fast flowing Red Hill Creek flows over the escarpment, along the way passing over a number of downward steps that add significantly to the appeal. Some of the best views can be had from King's Forest Park. Other Hamilton waterfalls can be reached by following well-marked trails. One of the most popular routes is the "Great Falls Loop." This pleasant 3.5-kilometer escarpment route features superb views over the surrounding countryside, taking in Great Falls along the way. Also worth seeing is Tews Falls. Standing 41 meters tall, this ribbon waterfalls can be found in the Webster's Falls Conservation Area in Dundas, and is best visited in warmer weather.
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1. Affordability

A lot of people fleeing Toronto usually make Hamilton their new home as it is a lot less expensive to live in, affordability is usually a big factor for this move. The average cost of living in a detached home in Hamilton is priced at just over $500,000 and a lot of housing properties are valued between $300 and $400,000 which is cheaper compared to the major cities in Canada.

3. The Steel Industry

For years, the economy of Hamilton has been greatly affected and improved by the steel industry, providing almost 60% of steel made, the steel industry has become a major employer of residents within this city.

5. Hamilton’s Healthcare

Named as Canada’s best city for hospitals and leads the park of Canada’s top healthcare system. Its seven collective hospitals rank high in healthcare and medical research worldwide.

2. Location and Transportation

Hamilton is a Canadian port city with a population of a little over seven hundred and fifty thousand (750,000). It is located about forty-five minutes away from Toronto and it is also less than an hour drive to Niagara falls from here. Hamilton is within the golden horseshoe, described as Canada’s most industrialized and populated area. Hamilton has access to the major highways, the 401 and the 403 highways, it also has its own airport -the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport which is small and easy to navigate.

4. Excellent Education Opportunities

Hamilton has loads of colleges and universities that prioritize quality education if you are looking to further your education in this city, Mohawk College which is one of the top government-funded colleges in the area, specializing in healthcare and technology The Redeemer university is a small Christian literary and arts university. Hamilton is home to McMaster University which, with its world-renowned medical school ranks amongst the top one hundred in the world.

6. Waterfalls

Hamilton is very popular for its waterfalls, it is said that there are more than one hundred and forty waterfalls and cascades in the area, sometimes even referred to as the waterfall capital of the world. Some famous waterfalls are webster, buttermilk, sherman, tiffany, chedoke and tews falls to name a few.

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