With a population of 519, 949 Hamilton is a large port city that sits on the shores of Lake Ontario. Nestled within the Golden Triangle this city is a juxtaposition of landscapes and a massive manufacturing sector.
As the most industrialized section of the country Hamilton has had a bad rap in the past, but the winds of change are blowing through the city. With a recent surge in arts and culture Hamilton is now on the radar for great music, theatre and a blooming food scene. I think it’s time to give Hamilton a second chance, here is how I would spend my perfect weekend there:
1. If you’re going to visit the waterfall capital of the world (which hamilton is!) you should definitely make a point of seeing a waterfall or two. Webster’s Falls is the most popular of them and for good reason. With it’s tiered rock formations and great history the falls are beautiful during any season. Visiting Webster’s also has the added bonus of Tew’s Falls being nearby. Standing at 41 metres high Tew’s Falls is only a few metres shorter than Niagara Falls. Keep in mind that if you plan on visiting the falls there will be some hiking involved so if mobility is an issue you might want to call ahead to inquire about access.
2. Collective Arts is a craft brewery from Hamilton that is creating a refreshing partnership between beer and art. Aside from their great beer they feature a rotation of artists of all kinds on their labels that switches up every few months. Bands, photographers, multimedia, you name it. Using the Blippar app Collective Arts beer drinkers can scan their labels to actually hear the music, see the videos or read artist bios.
3. When it’s time to grab a bite to eat check out Earth to Table: Bread Bar. As a Feast ON certified restaurant they’ll give you a true taste of the area with one of their stone baked pizzas or delicious sandwiches. Try the Bee Sting for an irresistible hot and sweet combo.
4. Get the inside scoop on the Hamilton food scene with one of their curated food tours. With two different tours offered that range from two to three and a half hours the Hamilton Food Tours are a great culinary crash course in what the city has to offer. I like the farmers market tour where you can meet the vendors and producers. Snacking on samples while learning about where my food comes from? Sign me up!
5. It’s no secret that we love farms so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Puddicombe Farms makes our perfect weekend roster in Hamilton. There is SO MUCH to do at this farm! Between train rides, farm tours and the winery there is a little something for everyone. You can even stay on the farm in a train caboose if you’re looking for lodging while in the city!
Want to learn more about what Hamilton has to offer? Check out the Tourism Hamilton website!