Hamilton, currently the 8th largest city in Canada, with a population estimated at 714,900 in the metropolitan area.
Hamilton is located on the western end of the Niagara Peninsula and at the westernmost part of Lake Ontario, most of the city including the downtown section are on the south shore. Situated in the geographic centre of the Golden Horseshoe and is roughly the midway point between Toronto and Buffalo. The two major physical features are Hamilton Harbour marking the northern limit of the city and the Niagara Escarpment running through the middle of the city across its entire breadth, bisecting the city into 'upper' and 'lower' parts.
Downtown began and remains around Gore Park and the intersection of King and James Streets. Central Hamilton extends from the base of the Mountain north to Barton Street, west to Chedoke Creek or Dundurn Street, and east to approximately Wentworth Street or Sherman Avenues. West Hamilton or the west end begins at Dundurn Street or Chedoke Creek. East Hamilton or the east end begins at approximately Ottawa Street or Kenilworth Avenue. North Hamilton or the north end begins at Barton Street or the Canadian National Railways (CN) tracks.
As city limits expanded to include the Mountain, the retronym for the city below the Escarpment became the Lower City (now often just referred to as downtown). The east/west divide line for the mountain is Upper James Street, and the east/west divide line for downtown is James Street. The south Mountain begins at approximately Limeridge Road or the Lincoln M. Alexander Expressway.
The former boroughs of Hamilton-Wentworth Region, are: Stoney Creek, Dundas, Flamborough, Ancaster and Township of Glanbrook. They have maintained their names as wards in the municipal government in the city of Hamilton. Locally these boroughs are referred to as "the suburbs" of Hamilton.
Hamilton hosts a number of events, including: the Annual Tourism Awards of Excellence, the Tourism Summit, the Spring Networking Session, input sessions for the annual marketing plan as well as workshops, committee meetings and task force meetings. Please visit the Hamilton Tourism website for a full list of events.
Interesting attractions include the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum of aircraft, Dundurn Castle, Royal Botanical Gardens and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.