Depending on where you are or whom you speak with, if you ask, “What is Hamilton Ontario like?” You are likely to get an assortment of replies. A 2019 population estimate of is at 544,984 people. The city has seen consistent business growth with over 1,600 new businesses added during the last seven years. Yes, Hamilton is a very exciting place to be in 2019. View More Stats.
When I first arrived here, I learned quickly that there is a perception out there among some that Hamilton is stuck. Stuck with a “steel town” image trying to find itself. One stranger replied when I asked what is best about Hamilton, “It’s 50 minutes from Toronto.”
So I went to discover Hamilton for myself. It took all of an hour to realize that this is an amazing city with lots to discover and experience. It is also an emerging modern city with a trendy and young vibe starting to express itself in the downtown core.
Ok, so here are the 10 top reasons that the MiAgency Marketing team has distilled for why you should visit Hamilton Ontario this summer. And if you live here, you should seriously explore the sights around you.
There are four formal gardens contained within 1,100 hectares of nature reserve on the border of Hamilton and Burlington. Also, two restaurants and a teahouse on site so you can spend the day exploring. Check their website for special holiday brunches and events. This is a terrific place for a family day together or in our opinion, a romantic in-town escape for an afternoon or evening.
One of the first things we attended as exhibitors when we moved to Hamilton was the Better Business Expo. It was held at Carmen’s Banquet Centre on Stone Church Road. The folks at the BBE hold these trade show events in different cities as well as Hamilton. This was by far the most rewarding trade show experience that we have invested in. Each year we attend reminds us that Hamilton is for business.
They say that Hamilton is home to more than 100 waterfalls and all within minutes of downtown. These are the low hanging fruit for visitors because they are easy to find, most are free to visit and park. And they offer great opportunities for families to relax for a day or an hour. They also provide wonderful backdrops for product photography or business info-graphics. You just have to get there before the busy times.
4. Photographers Paradise:
The city has a beautiful mix of old and new architecture. Beautiful office buildings, churches, the armory, and back alleys. Take your camera and explore well-known streets like Barton, Hess and Loche. These all add to the opportunities for photographers to capture unique images. If you are a photographer and looking to plan a photo-walk group event, set it for downtown Hamilton. You won’t regret it.