"Hamilton is situated along the shores of Lake Ontario, in the 'Golden Horseshoe' which stretches around the southern shore, from Toronto in the west to Niagara Falls in the east."
Hamilton is also located in the Niagara escarpment. Known as 'the mountain' amongst the locals, it dominates the skyline, rising over 100 metres in many places. The famous Bruce Trail, one of 12 UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves, follows the edge of the escarpment. Numerous waterfalls cascade over it, leading some to call Hamilton the 'City of Waterfalls'.
Significant efforts have been put into the downtown core to revitalize and rejuvenate local businesses and the results have been worth it. A multitude of shops, cafes and restaurants have sprung up along the tree-lined boulevards downtown. Hess Village is great area to walk around and people-watch, catch some live music, or simply to sit on a patio with the beverage of your choice.
Culturally, Hamilton has had a long and diverse history. Symphony Hamilton has always been regarded as one of the premier symphonies in Canada, especially during the tenure of Boris Brott, who also lent his name to the Brott Music Festival, Canada's largest orchestral music festival. Together with the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Theatre Aquarius, and Opera Hamilton, it forms the cultural cornerstone of the city.
Numerous parks and greenspace dot the city, but none more impressive than Confederation Park. A perfect place for a day by the lake, the 83 hectare park offers an incredible array of amusements, featuring a waterpark, go-karts, convenient restaurants and 3.5 kilometres of shoreline to walk, bike or in-line skate!