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Hamilton is located at the head of Lake Ontario, between Niagara Falls and Toronto. According to the 2001 census, Hamilton's population is 490,268 making it the eighth largest city in Canada. Demonstrating the city's diversity, nearly one-quarter of the metropolitan area population of Hamilton is foreign-born. This makes Hamilton the Canadian city with the third highest proportion of foreign-born citizens after Toronto (44%) and Vancouver (38%).

Hamilton Harbour was discovered by explorer Robert Cavelier De La Salle in 1669. First Nations Peoples who lived in villages scattered around the harbour named it Macassa Bay, meaning "beautiful water". The city was founded in 1816 and named after George Hamilton, a settler. Hamilton's proximity to both natural resources and retail markets, and the accessibility of various modes of transportation, have helped make Hamilton a main industrial centre for Canada. As such, the city has earned nicknames such as Steeltown, Lunch Bucket City and Hammertown. In 2000, Hamilton nd five surrounding municipalities, Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook and Stoney Creek, merged to form a new amalgamated City of Hamilton. The city is governed by a mayor, Fred Eisenberger, and 15 full-time councillors.





  • Lincoln Alexander, Canada's first black federal cabinet minister and provincial lieutenant-governor
  • Dave Andreychuk, NHL player
  • Roberta Lynn Bondar, Canada's first female astronaut
  • Sheila Copps, politician
  • Toller Cranston, figure skater
  • Ellen Fairclough, Canada's first women federal cabinet minister (died in 2004)
  • Karen Kain, ballet dancer
  • Frank Augustyn, ballet dancer
  • Daniel Lanois, music producer
  • Eugene Levy, actor
  • Grahame Greene, Actor
  • Stan Rogers, singer-songwriter and poet (died in 1983)
  • Tom Wilson, musician
  • Martin Short, Actor
  • Steve Smith (a.k.a. Red Green), actor
  • Jim Witter, musician
  • Pat Quinn, former Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs , LA Kings and Philidelphia Flyers (died in 2010)


Hamilton's Top Ten Employers by Number of Employees

  1. Hamilton Health Sciences
  2. City of Hamilton
  3. Stelco Inc.
  4. Dofasco Inc.
  5. McMaster University
  6. Government of Canada
  7. National Steel Car Ltd.
  8. St Josephs Healthcare Hamilton, St Josephs Hospital
  9. Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology
  10. Orlick Industries Ltd.




Tourism Industry

According to Statistics Canada, Hamilton received 3.3 million visitors in 2004. Seventy-five per cent of visits were day trips and the remaining 25 per cent were overnight visits. Visitor spending reaches $186 million annually. The local economic impact of tourism is $132 million and municipal taxes collected as a result are up to $4.2 million. The tourism industry employs 2,382 people.

The city's wealth of heritage is authentically preserved and displayed in museums including Dundurn Castle, and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. The newly renovated Art Gallery of Hamilton and vibrant performing arts companies like the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Hamilton and Theatre Aquarius quench the cultural thirst of audiences. The Bruce Trail and other footpaths weave through the city's lush surroundings and along the waterfront, showcasing wildlife and waterfalls. Sports action occurs at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton's east end, home to the city's CFL franchise, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Hamilton Bulldogs play at downtown's Copps Coliseum against the aggressive challengers of the AHL.

The city is easily accessible via plane, train and automobile. Through the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, Air Canada and WestJet Airlines connect Hamilton to every province in Canada, and beginning in May, 2007, flyglobespan.com will be offering flights to and from the United Kingdom.  Amtrak and VIA Rail both reach the nearby Aldershot Station. Hamilton is also conveniently accessible via the QEW, 401 and 407 Highways. To extend your visit, consider our accommodations ranging from luxurious hotels to romantic bed and breakfasts to a host of family-priced inns and motels.