Beyond the attractions Hamilton is famous for, such as…

  • Hamilton Warplane Heritage Museum
  • Dundurn Castle
  • Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • Hamilton Farmer’s Market

…there are plenty of other cool, interesting and out-of-the-way things to see and do.

We polled some of the folks here at George Sinclair Construction to discover the best secret spots Hamilton has to offer. Click on each image to view a larger version.

Buttermilk Falls

Buttermilk Falls in winter

Albion Falls

Albion Falls in blue

The waterfalls of Hamilton

For years, Hamilton was known only as “the Steel City.”

Today, it has a new, natural nickname: “The City of Waterfalls.”

Throughout Hamilton’s city limits, there are over 100 named waterfalls which cascade over the Hamilton Mountain.

Some popular waterfalls in the city are:

  • Albion Falls
  • Ancaster Heights Falls
  • Chedoke Falls
  • Scenic Falls
  • Tiffany Falls
  • Webster’s Falls

In summer, it’s fairly easy to get to most waterfalls in Hamilton to enjoy breathtaking views and take gallery-quality pictures.

In winter, some waterfalls (such as Buttermilk Falls) completely freeze over and become an imposing and exciting challenge for ice climbers.

Lastly, throughout the year, many of Hamilton’s waterfalls are lit up at night in bright, bold colours.

Images taken from City of Waterfalls

McCallion Planetarium

McCallion Planetarium

McCallion Planetarium in Hamilton

Watching a presentation

McCallion Planetarium

Yes, there is a fully functional, NASA-style planetarium in Hamilton.

And it’s fairly easy to get to.

The McCallion Planetarium is located at McMaster University in the west end of the city. It opened in 1949 and has brought the mysteries and wonders of space directly to Hamilton.

Some of the cool features of the planetarium include:

  • Ongoing observations: Watch as famous constellations and planets move through the night sky
  • Presentations: Learn about the past and future of outer space exploration and technology
  • For kids: What is astronomy? Why is Pluto a “dwarf planet?” Could Star Wars REALLY happen?

If you’re an astronomy buff, the McCallion Planetarium is one of those “hidden in plain sight” attractions which is just waiting to be discovered and experienced.

Images from McCallion Planetarium

HMCS Haida

HMCS Haida docked

HMCS Haida propellers

HMCS Haida propellers

HMCS Haida

What’s it like on a real live warship?

If you head on down to Pier 9 in Hamilton, you can see for yourself.

First, a brief history lesson: The HMCS (Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship) Haida was built in 1941. Over its 23 year service life, it saw action all over the world:

  • Bay of Biscay (1944): Where she sank a German torpedo boat and damaged two others
  • English Channel (1944): HMCS Haida sank a German U-boat and two German submarine chasers
  • Korean War (1950): Patrol duty and shelling of enemy trains and train stations

Today, the HMCS Haida is a Canadian National Historic Site.

Visitors can see just how big her propellers are (they’re on display) and take a tour of the ship and view crucial areas like team sleeping quarters and the command bridge.

Just as the National Warplane Heritage Museum celebrates Canada’s contributions to combat aviation, the HMCS Haida does the same for Canada’s naval history.

Images from HMCS Haida

Battlefield House

Battlefield House

Battlefield Monument

Battlefield Monument

Battlefield House

Located on the eastern border of Hamilton and Stoney Creek (not too far from our latest development, Vienna Orchards), Battlefield House is a lifelong testament to Canada’s victory over the US in the War of 1812.

Every June, actors gather on the expansive lawn of Battlefield House to re-enact the famous Battle of Stoney Creek; which was a key turning point in the war.

Inside the house, you can experience what life was like in the 19th century.

A working museum, you’ll see how clothes were made, food was prepared and soldiers were cared for using the tools and techniques of the day.

Just behind Battlefield House is Battlefield Monument. Built in 1913 and standing 100 feet tall, Battlefield Monument celebrates the ongoing peace between Canada and the US.

Images from Battlefield House

Nations Entrance

Entrance to Nations

Pasta bar

Pasta bar

Nations Fresh Food

If you love trying foods from all over the world, make sure you go downtown to Jackson Square and check out Nations Fresh Food.

It’s unlike any supermarket you’ve ever been to. First of all, it’s gigantic, so you’ll have a great time exploring each and every aisle.

Secondly, Nations has multiple dine-in areas to suit any palette:

  • Salad bar
  • Burger station
  • Fresh sushi
  • Chinese BBQ
  • Pizza parlour
  • Western kitchen cuisine
  • Eastern kitchen cuisine

And finally, Nations is all about celebrating the diversity of cultures through food.

Want authentic Italian? Curious about Thai food? Always wanted to give German cuisine a try?

You can literally taste the world when you visit Nations Fresh Food.

Images from Nations Fresh Food

Proud to call Hamilton home

We love building new, custom homes right here in Hamilton.

Besides your new house, you’ll love just how easy it is to get around town and visit all these (and more) hidden treasures.

If you’ve been thinking about moving to Hamilton, you should definitely check out the city for yourself. The gorgeous June weather is perfect for it.

And if you want to learn more about the great quality homes we build, you can:

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