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Hamilton surprises at every turn; with incredible scenery, over 100 waterfalls, 800 kilometres of hiking & cycling trails and more unique galleries, shopping and entertainment than you would ever expect from a place once referred to as “Steel Town.”

Hamilton is a city in transition. Long known as the centre of Ontario’s industrial heartland, the city is slowly transforming itself into a community better known for its artists, innovators and musicians. With healthcare now the number one employer, Hamilton has shown remarkable resilience to reinvent itself; revamping one of Ontario’s largest and most prestigious art galleries-the Art Gallery of Hamilton, growing multi-season displays at the recently-renovated Royal Botanical Gardens, fostering a vibrant creative community in the James Street north art district and attracting a wide diversity of internationally-inspired restaurants, shops and theatres. Even the “skeletons of the community”, Hamilton’s turn-of-the-century, industrial plants and warehouses have a role in the transformation, as old factories convert to cozy lofts, impress visitors on an industrial tour or provide the foundation for one of Canada’s newest technology innovation parks.

Fall is a great time to discover a side of Hamilton you probably never knew existed: from the quaint Dickens-like ambience of Dundas, to the rolling escarpment of Stoney Creek which offers a gateway to Ontario’s wine route. Highlights of Hamilton’s fall entertainment line-up include; the Canadian Aboriginal Festival at Copps Coliseum (Nov. 27-29), Victorian Christmas at Dundurn Castle (Nov. 28-Jan 3), Christmas evergreen designs at RBG (Nov. 24-25), Polar Bear Express Train Rides at Puddicombe Farms (Nov. 29, Dec. 6 & 13), Geritol Follies Christmas Show at Hamilton Place (Dec. 3 & 4) and the Nutcracker at Hamilton Place (Dec. 11, 12, and 13th).

It’s time to get off the highway and discover what all the buzz is about in Ontario’s second-largest community. For a complete guide to upcoming events and attractions visit