Things to do in Hamilton
Those looking for activities in Hamilton will find an almost
inexhaustible list of things to do. From outdoor recreational activities
and sporting events to museums and shopping, this city definitely has
something for everyone.
History buffs will find many interesting and historically important
sites in and around Hamilton. The Stoney Creek Battlefield Monument is a
stone tower that marks the site of the Battle of Stoney Creek, the turning point of the War of 1812 between the British and US. Get a glimpse into pre-Confederation life at Griffin House, a four-room nineteenth century house that was associated with the Underground Railroad. If you’re around Hamilton Harbour, tour the HMCS Haida,
the only surviving World War II Tribal-Class destroyer. Are you a CFL
fan? Get nostalgic and revisit some of the most thrilling moments in
sports at the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
Arts and Culture
There are several spots for art lovers to visit in Hamilton. The Art Gallery of Hamilton has a broad collection of Canadian historical and contemporary art, as well as a sizeable European collection. The McMaster University Museum of Art is
home to more than 6,000 pieces and often stages rotating public
programs. All Sorts Gallery allows local artists a venue to showcase and
sell their pieces. The Carnegie Gallery is a non-profit organization that also presents the works of local and regionally-based artists.
Parks and Recreation
If you’re looking to spend some time outdoors, Hamilton has a green space to suit you. The Hamilton Conservation Authority manages over 4,000 hectares of land ranging from conservation areas and parks to attractions and waterfalls.
At the center of Hamilton, you’ll find Gage Park, a large recreation
space that’s hosted several events and festivals throughout the years including the long-running Friends Festival. Located on the west end of
Hamilton Harbour is Bayfront Park, an ideal place for fishing, boating,
cycling, and walking. Sam Lawrence Park offers stunning views of the
city, harbour, and Dundas Valley.
Hamilton is also home to the Royal Botanical Gardens and the African Lion Safari.
From football and hockey to baseball and golf, sports fans will find
that Hamilton has no shortage of professional sports teams to root for.
The city is home to the 15-time Grey Cup winning Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. Hockey fans can cheer on the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.
Baseball lovers should check out a Thunderbirds game at Bernie Arbour
Stadium. In addition, Hamilton is also home to the Nationals, a Major
League Lacrosse team that plays at Les Prince Field.
For those who prefer to be participants instead of spectators,
Hamilton and its surrounding area have many sports complexes. The region
also has 31 golf courses to choose from. There are also great places for horseback riding, go-karting,
paintball, and climbing within the city.
Places to Volunteer in Hamilton
Volunteering is a great way to build your skills, network with people
and add experience to your resume. It’s also an ideal way to help out a
cause you’re passionate about, challenge yourself, expand your field of
expertise or find some personal fulfillment.
Arts and Culture
- Theatre Aquarius Incorporated
- Friends of HMCS Haida
- Friends of the Educational Archives and Heritage Centre of Hamilton-Wentworth
- Hamilton Public Library Board
- Royal Botanical Gardens
Community and Social Services
- Alternative for Youth
- Amity Goodwill Industries
- Bereaved Families of Ontario
- The Bridge for Prison to Community
- Habitat for Humanity
- Micah House Refugee Reception Services
- Neighbour to Neighbour Centre
- P. A. T. H. Employment Services
- Reach Forth
- St. Joseph’s Immigrant Women’s Centre
- Settlement and Immigration Services Organization
- Sexual Assault Centre
- The Voluntary Action Centre of Hamilton and District
- Welcome Inn Community Centre of Hamilton
- Wellwood Resource Centre of Hamilton
- Alzheimer Society of Hamilton and Halton
- Brain Injury Services of Hamilton
- Cancer Assistance Program Mount Hamilton and District
- Hamilton AIDS Network
- Hamilton Health Sciences
- St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation
- St. Peter’s Care Centres
- Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre
- Animal Welfare Association of Hamilton
- The Bruce Trail Conservancy