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Hamilton, ON Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 14
Total Sleeping Rooms 1,433
Convention Center Space 160,944 Sq. Mtr.
Average Hotel Room Rate CAD $175
Average Daily Meal Cost CAD $130
Average Weekly Car Rental CAD $226

Hamilton, ON Meeting Planning Overview

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 50,000 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.

About Hamilton, ON / Additional Info

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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