2001 population: 490,268
(Source: Statistics Canada)
Hamilton is a city in the province of Ontario. It is on Lake Ontario.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Ontario named Hamilton. For links to other places called Hamilton, ON, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The city was named for George Hamilton, son of merchant Robert Hamilton.
Iron and steel manufacturing have played an important role in the local economy.
The current city of Hamilton was formed in 2001 through the amalgamation of the municipalities of Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook, Stoney Creek and the former city of Hamilton.
The first Tim Hortons franchise opened here in 1964.
Ranked No. 6 among Canada's Best Cities for Business, by Canadian Business magazine, Sept-Oct 2005.
Filming location for 1996 movie, "The Long Kiss Goodnight" and 2004 movie, "Saint Ralph" and 2007 movie, "Talk to Me" and 2002 movie, "Death to Smoochy" and 2007 movie, "Hairspray"
Well-known residents have included:
· John S. Kendall, inventor of the flashing turn signal
· Eugene Levy, actor and writer
· Ken Dryden, hockey player
· Ivan Reitman, producer and director
· Martin Short, actor, comedian
· Harry Howell, hockey player
Local festivals include:
· James Watt Day - Jan. 19, 2007
· Lilac Festival - May 19-21, 2007
· Snowball - Jan. 28, 2007
· Port Days - June 18-19, 2007
· Festitalia Day - Sept. 8, 2007
· Thomas Keefer Day - Nov. 4, 2007
Dates often change. Check Hamilton web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: King's Forest Park
Attractions: Confederation Park
Sports teams: Bulldogs (AHL), Tiger-Cats (CFL)
Historic sites and museums: Dundurn Castle, Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, H.M.C.S. Haida Naval Museum, Hamilton Military Museum, McMaster Museum of Art, Canadian Football Hall of Fame & Museum, Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, Erland Lee Home, Hamilton Children's Museum, Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Whitehern Historic House & Garden
Colleges and universities: McMaster University, Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology
Transit: Hamilton Street Railway Company