In Hamilton, visitors can find a blend of the best of what Canada has to offer – rolling green spaces and a vibrant urban scene. Thanks to the prime location, Hamilton is also one of the most accessible cities in Canada, a mere one-hour drive from the Niagara Falls U.S./Canada border and an hour-and-fifteen-minute drive from Buffalo, NY. Hamilton is also conveniently reached by air with the Hamilton International Airport offering service to more than 60 destinations worldwide. For visitors coming from east of the city, Hamilton is connected to Toronto by the GO Train system.
Planning events in Hamilton is a unique experience. Three separate venues have combined forces to provide meeting planners with a broad spectrum of space including the Copps Coliseum, Hamilton Place and the Hamilton Convention Centre. Operating as Hamilton Entertainment and Convention Facilities, this organization is sure to meet the needs of any event with its flexible space and hassle-free services.
The Hamilton Convention Centre boasts 12,195 square meters of meeting space and amenities such as in-house catering capable of providing a first-class dining experience for up to 1,400 guests. The convention center's sister venue, Copps Coliseum, which has hosted sporting events, tradeshows, film festivals and more, has seating for up to 19,000 people. Hamilton Place, an internationally acclaimed theater with outstanding acoustic capabilities, is well appointed for presentations, ceremonies and meetings.
An abundant number of smaller venues are peppered throughout the city as well, offering a unique and distinctive change of scenery for meeting and event guests. Invite up to 1,500 guests to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's hangar, where they can dine amidst antique airplanes from Canada's past. Take your reception outdoors at one of the various venues at the Royal Botanical Gardens, which can accommodate up to 500 people amongst its lush plant life. Or, stay close to the city's roots at the harbour with a relaxing private charter for up to 150 people on the Hamilton Harbour Queen. Planners may also wish to take advantage of Hamilton's vibrant art scene, which has gained recognition in media such as national paper The Globe and Mail. The Downtown Arts Centre offers several spaces for events, from its 300-seat theater to its large, flexible Art Gallery.
Because of its strategic location on Lake Ontario, the smallest of the Great Lakes, the Port of Hamilton is Canada's busiest Great Lakes port and is a key component in the strength of the city's manufacturing sector. The area's largest employers include US Steel Canada and Arcelor Mittal Dofasco, Inc. McMaster University, considered to be one of the top 5 post-secondary schools in the country, is also in Hamilton.
A picturesque port city of over half a million residents, Hamilton sits in a scenic region located between Niagara Falls and Toronto. Hamilton's history dates back to 1669 when explorer Robert Cavelier La Salle first discovered Hamilton Harbour. The city itself was later founded in 1816, getting its name from local settler George Hamilton. However, La Salle's discovery remains the mainstay of the Hamilton cityscape, which today has expanded around the harbour to include the five surrounding municipalities of Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook and Stoney Creek. This metropolitan area is the 9th largest in Canada and 3rd largest in Ontario.
The city's location at the head of Lake Ontario and in the heart of Ontario's Golden Horseshoe, a densely populated and industrialized corridor in southern Ontario, lends itself to a unique blend of urban and rural. A year-round playground for outdoor enthusiasts, the city has abundant green space and more than 65 different waterfalls within the city limits. In fact, the city was referred to by its first settlers as "Macassa," or beautiful waters.
The long stretches of waterfront along Lake Ontario provide visitors with abundant outdoor activities including boating on Lake Ontario in the summer and ice fishing in the winter. Or, hike the Niagara Escarpment on some of the 1,275 kilometers of paths that comprise Bruce Trail. Even within the city limits, visitors can explore the immense waterfront by foot or by vehicle on the Hamilton Waterfront Trolley tour and the Hamilton Harbour Queen cruise.
This diverse metropolitan area also has one of the largest foreign-born populations in the country, with almost one-quarter of its citizens hailing from countries outside of Canada including Poland, India, China and the Philippines. The varied ethnicities make their mark on the city's cuisine, offering visitors the chance to experience specialties from across the globe. Savor roast duck at Dragon Court, or indulge in chorizo and seafood gumbo at Portuguese-influenced Acclamation Bar & Grill.
Along with the dining, the diverse population also enlivens Hamilton's vibrant cultural scene. Explore the magnificent marble, bronze and steel sculptures at the Art Gallery of Hamilton's Irvine Zucker Sculpture Garden. Experience the thrills of jet fighters in the flight simulator at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum or immerse yourself in the sounds of Opera Hamilton at Hamilton Place Theatre. With a beautiful harbour, a plethora of outdoor adventures and a diverse and spirited community, there is more than enough to keep visitors' attention in Hamilton.
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Hamilton's climate is considered fairly mild when compared to most of Canada. It boasts an average high of 24°C from June to September and -7°C from December to February. However, due to the city's proximity to the Great Lakes, Hamilton has a very humid climate that may exaggerate these temperatures.
The city sees an average rainfall of just below 80 centimeters per year spread fairly evenly across all seasons. With the lush environment in full bloom from late spring to early summer, the warm, comfortable temperatures of this time of year make it an excellent time to visit.
The Hamilton is also prone to Caribbean hurricanes, the season for which runs June to November. Most hurricane activity in the Hamilton has taken place in August and September. The best time to visit the island is during the winter months, as humidity is low but temperatures are still pleasantly warm.
101 York BoulevardHamilton, ONTotal Meeting Space Sq Ft - More than 100,000
Hamilton Convention Centre
Guests of the Hamilton Convention Centre are sure to feel right at home in its elegant environment of cedar woodwork, intricate tiling and broadloom carpeting on three distinct floors. Part of a group of entertainment facilities, the centre is located within walking distance of both the Copps Coliseum and the Hamilton Place Theatre. It is also conveniently located only 12 minutes from the airport.
Hamilton Convention Centre boasts 12,195 square meters of flexible space including 19 meeting rooms located across three floors. The first floor is comprised of the Wentworth Room, a 1,800-square-meter area that can be divided into three separate spaces. With a full-length concourse that includes an information desk, coat check and refreshment bars, the first floor also provides direct access to the 2,191-seat Hamilton Place Theatre.
The second floor is directly connected to an adjacent hotel, providing an attractive solution to groups requiring overnight accommodations. It is also linked to an indoor mall, plenty of parking and Copps Coliseum, a concert and sports venue with seating for up to 19,000 people. Nine breakout rooms offer meeting planners flexibility across a wide range of room configurations. The Albion Room alone supplies 359 square meters of meeting space that can be broken down into three separate rooms, each with its own audio-visual equipment, projection screen and lighting and sound systems. In addition to interior space, groups can use the centre's Commonwealth Plaza for outdoor barbecues, receptions or dinners.
On the third floor, the elegant Chedoke Room has roughly 1,826 square meters of space. Visitors will be drawn to the room's inviting ambiance created by tasteful cedar, parquet and broadloom dcor that is complimented by mercury vapor and quartz lighting. Also nearby, the Webster Room is an ideal space for a cocktail reception and dinner, with an accompanying lounge that affords spectacular views of downtown Hamilton. Additional third floor amenities include a built-in registration desk for 10 people located at the top of the escalators and an easily accessible freight elevator. Audio-visual equipment rentals can also be arranged throughout the convention centre.
Along with versatile meeting space, the centre also offers superior catering. With an in-house kitchen staffed by professional chefs, its catering team can create a delicious menu for anything from a business luncheon for 20 guests to an extravagant black-tie affair of 1,400 people. French, platter or buffet service is available.
Hamilton Place Theatre
10 Macnab Street SouthHamilton, ON
John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM)
Approximate taxi fare: $30-35 USD
Located in south part of Hamilton in the Mount Hope district, the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is approximately 20 minutes away from downtown and the Hamilton Conference Centre. One of Canada's smaller international airports, the airport is serviced by three major airlines flying to 60 North American, European and Asian destinations. Numerous connections between Toronto and Hamilton airports arrive daily.
In 2002, the airport completed the first C$15 million phase of a multi-year expansion project designed to exceed growth projections for the area. As part of its commitment to customer service and to its community, the airport offers wireless Internet throughout the terminal and works with the community to foster a healthy relationship between the facility and the environment. Short-term parking is located in front of the Air Terminal building and long-term parking is located just past the short-term lot.
Airline carriers serving Hamilton International Airport
GO Transit passenger trains connect Hamilton with the greater Toronto area and Toronto's Union Station via the Lakeshore West line. Travelers wishing to travel to and from Hamilton via train may choose to travel in or out of Toronto's Union Station on Canada's VIA rail passenger train system, then connect to Hamilton using the GO Train. An adult fare from Hamilton to downtown Toronto is C$9.
The Hamilton Street Railway Company is comprised of over 30 bus routes serving all areas of the city including Stoney Creek, Dundas, Ancaster and Burlington. Airport travelers can use Hamilton Street Railway's Glanbrook Trans-Cab service, which includes a taxi from the airport to a Hamilton Street Railway stop.
Buses run daily on most routes from 5:30 to 1 AM. Bus fare is C$2.40 per person.
Hamilton is serviced by all major rental car companies. Counters for Avis, Hertz and National are available at the airport directly across from the Domestic Arrivals Gate in the Air Terminal Building.
Hamilton International Airport is serviced by Blue Line Taxi, Cab 199, Hamilton Cab, Hamilton Limo, Independent Taxi #7 and Symphony Limousine. Rates are C$3 for the first 71 meters and C$0.10 for each additional 71 meters.
View from Niagara Escarpment
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