Downtown Hamilton has undergone extreme changes even in the past few years. James Street North has become a hub of artistic culture, boasting multiple art galleries, quaint coffee shops, indepedent and homegrown grocers, and cosmetics and clothing stores owned by local citizens.
Locke Street (a 10 minute drive from McMaster central campus) features artisan shops, some of the best restaurants in Hamilton, cosmetic stores, organic food stores and summer festivals.
Locke Street, Hamilton
A short drive away comes Ottawa Street North - a hub of old school antique and fabric shops, art stores and is in close proximity to the new Ivor Wynne Stadium that houses our very own Hamilton Tigercats football team.
Ivor Wynne Stadium
Hamilton also holds its own when it comes to nightlife. Hess Village is a quaint street lined with bars, nightclubs, restaurants and patios that attract people from all over south-western Ontario. There is also Corktown and Augusta Street just a few minutes from Hess Village if you’re looking for more pub-style entertainment. Also just recently, Hamilton has added a few Country Bars to its roster of nightlife.
Hess Street, Hamilton
Other Hamilton recreational sites to visit:
- Dundurn Castle
- Art Gallery of Hamilton
- Hamilton Warplane Heritage Museum
- Tim Horton Museum
- Canadian Football Hall of Fame
For other ideas on what to do in Hamilton, please visit Tourism Hamilton's website here.