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Discover McMaster: Life in Hamilton

At your doorstep. Get to know your new home.

Hamilton is known as The Hammer. Steeltown. The Ambitious City. It's also been called the Brooklyn of Canada: the new housing hotspot for Toronto transplants. Hamilton is located less than an hour’s drive from the United States border and only 45 minutes from Toronto, Niagara Falls, Waterloo, and Guelph. An on-campus GO Bus Terminal allows students to commute easily from the Greater Toronto Area. 

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  • more waterfalls than anywhere else in the world (100+)
  • a thriving art scene
  • a beloved Canadian Football League team
  • endless hiking trails
  • a vibrant music and nightlife culture
  • enough delicious restaurants to impress any foodie

9 Things to do within 30 Minutes of Campus

Explore Tew\'s and Webster\'s waterfalls in Dundas

Explore Tew's and Webster's waterfalls in Dundas

12 min drive 

Hike the Bruce Trail

Hike the Bruce Trail

18 min bike, 9 min drive

Watch an old flick at the Westdale Theatre

Watch an old flick at the Westdale Theatre

11 min walk 

Go canoeing through Cootes Paradise

Go canoeing through Cootes Paradise

4 min drive 

Get a history lesson at Dundurn Castle

Get a history lesson at Dundurn Castle

9 min drive 

Go for a boat ride at the West Harbour

Go for a boat ride at the West Harbour

13 min drive 

Stop and smell the roses at the Royal Botanical Gardens

Stop and smell the roses at the Royal Botanical Gardens

13 min drive 

Check out the galleries on James St.N

Check out the galleries on James St.N

22 min bike ride, 28 min bus ride 

Take a selfie in front of the Hamilton sign

Take a selfie in front of the Hamilton sign

7 min drive, 15 min bus 

Take the Engineering Virtual Tour of Campus

Hamilton in the News

Top 25 communities in Canada

Top 25 communities in Canada

Maclean’s calculated which cities and towns offer the best quality of life in Canada. Hamilton ranked as #24!

Weekend Getaway: Yes, Hamilton is well worth a visit

Weekend Getaway: Yes, Hamilton is well worth a visit

What’s an easy day trip from Toronto that doesn’t require much planning? It’s Hammer Time.

Profiles of Hamilton

Bounded by the picturesque southern shores of Lake Ontario, with the lush trails of the Niagara Escarpment, Hamilton is the Waterfall Capital of Canada and a designated UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. 

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