By now you’re probably well aware of how much we love Burlington. We have to admit though, a lot of this has to do with the fact that our Ironstone Condos is in Burlington. But Burlington’s sister city Hamilton is just as beautiful too, so we’ve decided to stop being so biased and show Hamilton some love too. Hamilton is only a short drive away from Burlington and there’s lots of fun to be had in this great little town. Here’s a few things that we highly recommend you do while there.
1. Experience some art and culture:
The McMaster Museum of Art is home to great collections like the Roman Coin Collection (one of our personal favourites) and a lovely collection of Canadian historical and contemporary art. A quick history lesson: although the museum officially opened to the public in 1994, several faculty members contributed to the development of the collections for decades prior to the opening.
Speaking of art, the Art Gallery of Hamilton also houses beautiful sculptures and paintings. We love to visit the Irving Zucker Sculpture Garden where many of the pieces on display were gifted from Hamilton philanthropist Irving Zucker.
2. Explore the great outdoors:
The Bruce Trail is Canada’s oldest and longest footpath and follows the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. According to the website, if you hiked 8 hours a day (approximately 30 km) it would take 30 days to complete the entire trail!
There’s also the Bayfront Park Trail which is extremely popular for rollerblading, cycling and jogging. It connects to the new Hamilton Harbour Waterfront Trail where you also can enjoy the scenery at the water’s edge.
We love the African Lion Safari – a perfect mini safari right near home. It has been open for almost 50 years and is home to several wildlife species. It’s not your average zoo – you can actually drive through the Game Reserves in your own car and truly experience a safari.
For those who don’t want to hike or take part in a wild safari ride, Hamilton is also home to a plethora of wineries. Check out Puddicombe Estate Farms & Winery, or the Ridge Road Estate Winery – both only twenty minutes from central Hamilton.
3. Take in some history:
Love war history? Then the HMCS Haida National Historic Site is for you The HMCS Haida was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943 and saw through World War II as well as the Korean War and the Cold War conflicts.
While we’re on the topic of war history, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is also a must-visit destination in Hamilton. You can even fly in a rare Fairey Firefy, Westland Lysander or the Avro Lancaster – it’s the only place in the world you can do so!
Hamilton is also where the Canadian Football Hall of Fame is, and has everything you need to know about Canadian football, including profiles on the inductees and the history of the Grey Cup.