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Gardens in Hamilton

Royal Botanical Gardens

Northwest of Hamilton, Canada's largest and most spectacular botanic gardens comprise over a thousand hectares of trees, flowers and plants, including numerous rare species. There's also a rock garden, an arboretum …
Museum in Hamilton

Dundurn Castle

Delightful and unexpected, this column-fronted, 36-room mansion once belonged to Sir Allan Napier McNab, Canadian prime minister from 1854 to 1856. It sits on a cliff overlooking the harbor amid lovely chestnut-stud…
Portuguese in Hamilton

Wild Orchid

This large restaurant serves (slowly) the kind of unpretentious, generous platters of seafood that you might find in any Portuguese town – grilled sardines, calamari, fava beans and olive oil galore. James St N is s…
Pub Food in Hamilton

Jack and Lois

A hidden rear entrance adds to the cool factor of this pub-style diner. The patio is a relaxed spot to tackle unapologetically indulgent breakfasts or sandwiches such as breaded chicken, veal and butter mushrooms – …
Waterfall in Hamilton

Tiffany Falls Conservation Area

This is the 'best value' waterfall in Hamilton – a five-minute stroll from the car park takes you right under a 21m cascade. The falls are not huge but you can get up close. You'll also pass through a forest of suga…
German in Hamilton

Black Forest Inn

This downtown institution has been satisfying meat lovers and beer drinkers since 1967. If you're a fan of schnitzel, goulash, wurst or German beer, you've found yourself a reason to visit Hamilton. The prices are g…
Park in Hamilton

Bayfront Park

After a bite to eat on nearby James St N, take a relaxing stroll along the harbor down to a tiny beach to mingle with the geese, yachts and people fishing. In summer, you'll find festivals on the grass and in-line s…
Live Music in Hamilton

Zyla's Music and Menu

James St N does cute venues well and Zyla's is intimate enough for a real sense of the Hamilton vibe. Comedians and indie bands perform at beer-splashing distance from a young, cool crowd. If nothing's on, there are…
Winery in Hamilton

Puddicombe Estate Farms & Winery

A rustic farm specializing in fruit wines (try the peach and the iced apple). Light lunches are available, and you can pick up freshly picked fruit, such as strawberries and peaches, depending on the season. It's a …