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.
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.
Iron and steel manufacturing have played an important role in the local economy.
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 2002 movie, "Death to Smoochy" and 2004 movie, "Saint Ralph" and 2007 movie, "Hairspray" and 2007 movie, "Talk to Me"
Well-known residents have included:
· Eugene Levy, actor and writer
· Martin Short, actor, comedian
· Ken Dryden, hockey player
· Harry Howell, hockey player
· Ivan Reitman, producer and director
· John S. Kendall, inventor of the flashing turn signal
Local festivals include:
· Port Days - June 18-19, 2007
· James Watt Day - Jan. 19, 2007
· Festitalia Day - Sept. 8, 2007
· Lilac Festival - May 19-21, 2007
· Thomas Keefer Day - Nov. 4, 2007
· Snowball - Jan. 28, 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: Tiger-Cats (CFL), Bulldogs (AHL)
Historic sites and museums: Art Gallery of Hamilton, Canadian Football Hall of Fame & Museum, Dundurn Castle, Erland Lee Home, H.M.C.S. Haida Naval Museum, Hamilton Children's Museum, Hamilton Military Museum, Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, McMaster Museum of Art, Whitehern Historic House & Garden, Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
Colleges and universities: McMaster University, Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology
Transit: Hamilton Street Railway Company